Jonathan M. Polfer

  • Born: November 24, 1984
  • Died: April 6, 2020
  • Location: Big Rock, Illinois

Healy Chapel

370 Division Dr
Sugar Grove, IL 60554
Tel. (630) 466-1330

Tribute & Message From The Family

Jonathan M. Polfer, 35, of Watertown, WI passed away suddenly at his home on Monday April 6, 2020. He was born November 24, 1984 in Lake Forest, IL the son of Gary J. Polfer and the late Cynthia (Seevers) Polfer.

Jonathan was employed for many years as a computer programmer.

Jonathan is survived by his father, Gary Polfer of Big Rock, IL; step mother Gloria Polfer of Big Rock, his siblings, Brian of Escondido, CA, Daniel of Milwaukee, WI and Rachel Polfer of Big Rock; his grandmother, Joann Seevers-Wolfgram of Eau Claire, WI; his aunts, Corrine (the late Dwight) Berry of Eau Claire, WI, Shelley (Marcus) Mack of Appleton, WI, Dawn (Virgil) Knoepke of Jim Falls, WI as well as many dear cousins and family and friends.

Jonathan was preceded in death by his mother Cynthia Polfer, uncle Dwight Berry and cousin Ian Mack.

Jonathan was baptized into the Christian faith as an infant at St. John's Lutheran Church, Libertyville, IL. His faith in his Savior Jesus was important to him all his life. He attended Wisconsin Lutheran College where he earned a bachelor's degree in Theology with a minor in Computer Science. He was an active member of Hope Lake Country Church in Oconomowoc, WI. Jonathan enjoyed weekly small group Bible Study, organizing and playing in pinball tournaments, movies, DIY projects and spending time with family and friends.

Private funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2020 at Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church, Aurora, IL with Pastor Philip Schupmann officiating. Interment will be at Big Rock Welsh Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Hope Lake Country Church, Resurrection Lutheran Church or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Arrangements by The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove, IL 60554. For further information, please call 630-466-1330 or visit our website at to leave an online condolence.

Jonathan's funeral service will be live-streamed on Saturday at 11:00 AM at the following link:

Condolence & Memory Journal

By God's providence I was looking through the Lenski New Testament Commentary I bought at the Half-off bookstore in Rockford, IL sometime in the past year... I just googled to find Jonathan and ask him about the missing volumes from the set when I came across the obituary. While I was shocked to discover this, I am confident in the Savior Whom Jonathan must have loved. I am blessed to be using this commentary set of such a dynamic person. Thanks Jonathan, and Jesus for this coincidental meeting. Alan Tabb of Rockton, IL (I, like Jon, enjoy teaching the Word of God and love reading scholars like Lenski) I hope you get this message

Posted by Alan Tabb - Rockton, IL - Acquaintance   October 28, 2020

May your faith in God above help you through this troubling time.

Posted by Peter Schulenburg - Fair Oaks, IN - Friend   July 17, 2020

Dear Gary, Gloria and family, Know that though we are still physically separated in this difficult time, in spirit you are never alone. All of you have been in our thoughts and prayers since we heard of Jon's passing. Our prayers continue that the Lord of Grace and Mercy holds all of you close and brings you to a place of peace as He lovingly walks with you through the struggles of pain and sorrow and turns it into healing and comfort in Him.

Posted by Dennis & Nancy Schendel - Warrenville, IL - Family Friend   April 26, 2020

My prayers go out to the family and friends.

Posted by Kyle Cunningham - Oak creek, WI - family   April 17, 2020


May he finally be at peace and find true happiness. A sad situation for his loved ones. May God comfort those who loved him.

Posted by Jill Shaw - North Aurora, IL   April 13, 2020

May our Father in Heaven who knows all and sees all grant mercy and grace. May He give strength and comfort to all who are grieving for Jon. May we use this as a reminder that every day is precious and a gift from God.

Posted by Deeanna Wilson - Batavia, IL - Family Friend   April 11, 2020

Gary, Gloria and family. Saddened to hear of the loss of your dear son and brother. May God wipe away every tear.

Posted by Jerry and Janet Radsek - Burlington, WI - Family Friend   April 11, 2020

Trust in the Easter message, God's grace, love and mercy. We are very sorry for your loss. God keep you.
Rich & Colleen Percy

Posted by Rich & Colleen Percy - Plainfield, IL - Friend   April 11, 2020

Joann and family, our sympathy at the loss of your grandson. God called him to. His "forever home" where he will join in singing with all the saints the alleluias as he celebrates the victory. May the Easter message of baptized in Christ----alive in Christ bring you comfort.

Posted by John& Arlene Seevers - Seward, NE - Family Friend   April 11, 2020

So sorry for your loss of Jonathan.May your heart heal over time

Posted by Gary&phyllis Inman - Big Rock, IL - Neighbor   April 10, 2020

Jon was one of the first friends I made while playing pinball. I have many fond memories of playing with and against him. I hope he has found peace. He is forever on my leaderboard.

Posted by Nicholas Warner - Grafton, WI - Friend   April 10, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you. May Easter give the peace and joy of a reunion in heaven

Posted by Corrine Kapanke - Waukesha, WI - Family Friend   April 10, 2020

Dear Polfer Family,
We are so saddened by Jon's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May Jon rest in peace.

Posted by Tim and Mary Stola - Big Rock, IL - Neighbor   April 10, 2020

Jon was a warm and kind man. He will be deeply missed.
2 Corinthians 5:1
2 Corinthians 5
New Bodies
For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands.
Much love. ❤ U.M.

Posted by Marcus Mack - Appleton, WI - Family   April 10, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the entire family

Posted by Kristine Phillips - Hinckley, IL - Acquaintance   April 10, 2020

Our deepest sympathy for your families lost, our prayers are with in these time of pain.

Posted by Gene Gorges - Aurora, IL - Friend   April 10, 2020

Dear Gary and family,
Although Jon I didn't know well, I knew Cindy since college. She gave birth to Jon and I gave birth to my Faith on the exact same day. This news of Jon has come as surprise like the news of Cindy going home with Jesus around the same time years ago. We sympathize with your loss of Jon's companionship in this life. We praise God for Jon's faith in the risen Savior and look forward to spending eternity with him.

Posted by Ruth Cordes Schmitzer - Arlington, OH - Family Friend   April 10, 2020

We were very saddened to hear of Jon's passing. Our prayers are with you.

Posted by Grennan - Stoughton, WI   April 09, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Love, David and Julie

Posted by Julie Pasch - Sycamore, IL   April 09, 2020

Dear Polfer Family,

I had the privilege to work with Jon for a short time last summer/fall. He was a a kind soul who took much pride in his work.

I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Karla Baierl - Acquaintance   April 09, 2020

Dear Family; we are so saddened by this news. May God bless and keep you all in His grace❤

Posted by Gary and Sandy Knuth - Loudon, TN - Friend   April 09, 2020

I was so sorry to hear of Jonathan's passing. May you find comfort in the knowledge that he is now home in heaven with his Savior.

Posted by Joanne Algozine - Sugar Grove, IL - Family Friend   April 09, 2020

Dear Gary and the Polfer family. So sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Jeff Rabourn - IL - Coworker   April 09, 2020

So sorry to hear of Jon's passing. All of you are in my prayers.

Posted by Lori Shebilske - Family Friend   April 09, 2020

I rejoice to know that Jonathan is with his Savior. God's timing will always be impeccable! It was a joy to share the earthly journey with him during his years at Wisconsin Lutheran College. He taught me much as we mined the truths of the Word of God together!

May Jesus be the comfort always to family and friends.

Nathan Strobel, WLC Campus Pastor/VP of Student Life 1998-2017

Posted by Nathan Strobel - Muskego, WI - Friend   April 09, 2020

Dear Gary and the Polfer family, Jon was one of my first students at WLC. It was wonderful to have such a smart, gentle and kind student and he did much to teach me how to teach. We stayed in touch over the years and he would occasionally stop by to chat and sometimes gave guest lectures in my classes. I am thinking of you and pray that you find comfort and peace especially during this Easter season.

Posted by David Schulz - Wauwatosa, WI - Teacher   April 09, 2020

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