Polly Koesters was passionate about the city of Hobart and loved helping people become homeowners, said Denny Koesters, her husband of 12 years.
“Real estate was her passion,” he said. “She felt that everyone should own their own home, and she loved when she could accomplish that for every person or customer she met.”
Polly Wilson Koesters, 59, of Hobart, died Sept. 4. She was the broker/owner of Ginter Realty, Inc., and had more than 37 years of real estate experience. She was involved in numerous Realtor organizations, and had served as president for several of them. She was 1993 Duneland Realtor of the Year and 2001 GNIAR Realtor of the Year.
She was a 1971 Hobart High School graduate and was involved in many organizations around Hobart, including the Chamber of Commerce, the Education Foundation, and the Downtown Merchants organization.
“She felt that everyone who worked and made a living in Hobart should give back to their community,” he said.
Koester’s daughter, Laura Walstra, said her mother taught her many life lessons.
“I was her only child and she raised me mostly as a single mom,” she said. “We traveled the world together. She always impressed on me how to love myself inside and out, how important a dollar was, and how hard work and determination are key to a successful and happy life.”
She loved to spend time with her family, especially her grandkids.
“She spent every free moment with them,” Walstra said. “She loved to take them everywhere, and in her eyes they could do no wrong.”
She enjoyed exercise, playing games, traveling and helping others. She was an expert match-maker, and had introduced at least five couples who eventually got married.
“Polly was a master at delegating,” her husband said. “She found time to do it all. She could run a business, make time for the grandkids, volunteer, entertain guests often, travel and still have time for me.”
Denny Koesters said his wife was admired by everyone who knew her.
“She was always there for people whenever they needed her for just about anything,” he said. “Polly’s philosophy was to ‘live by your word.’ She believed in honesty, loyalty and having a great work ethic.”