Jean Van Zee

jean van zee

Jean Van Zee went home to be with the Lord on the 62nd anniversary of her marriage to Chester, Monday, April 8, 2013 in her home surrounded by her family.

Jean was born on September 12, 1932 in Mayville, ND, the daughter of Gilbert and Eva (Brend) Haagenson.  She grew up and attended school in Portland, ND.  She was united in marriage to Chester Van Zee on April 8, 1951 at Bruflat Lutheran Church  in Portland, ND.  They lived in Galesburg for 54 years where she was a member of Elm River Lutheran Church. She was the owner of Jean’s Kennel and raised several breeds of dog. She cleaned at the Galesburg Implement for 18 years and at numerous businesses and homes. In December 2004  she and her husband moved to Hillsboro and joined Our Savior’s  Lutheran Church. She was active in Ladies Aid, Bible Studies, and a member of the Gideon Auxiliary.

Jean is survived by her children, Pam (Wayne) Koering of Hillsboro, ND; Trish (Ernie) Brager of Cooperstown, ND;  Clair (Laurice) Van Zee of Galesburg, ND;  Crystal (Greg) Storhoff of Mt. Ayr, IA;  and Joel  Van Zee of Williston, ND;  her grandchildren, Denise (Les) Nelson, Jessica (Nathan) Macejkovic, Nick (Tammy) Koering, Katie Van Zee, Charlie Van Zee, Vanessa (Brad) Smith, Tim Storhoff, Garrett (Jamie) Storhoff, Christopher (Alyssa) Petrie, Jerad Van Zee, Schaan Van Zee; and her great grandchildren, Dontray Nelson, Zach Nelson, Jonah Macejkovic, Isaiah Macejkovic, Byanca Smith, Angelina Smith, Shaylinn Smith,  Bryce Koering, Khloe Koering, Sawyer Petrie, Faith Boden, Kaylee Pride, Oaklea Thomas; brothers-in-law Earl Christianson, Mayville, Morris Nelson, Washburn; sisters-in-law Dorothy Haugen, Mayville, Donna Nash, Littleton, CO.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Chet; her parents; and her sister, Joyce Christianson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the 700 Mission at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Hospice of the Red River Valley, and the Gideon’s.

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  1. Avon IndianaPam, Pat and families.
    I am so sorry to read about the passing of your mother. I think of you people so often and tell myself give Jean or Pam a call or send a letter, I’ll do it tomorrow but somehow tomorrow never came. Now I was looking up an obituary when I saw your mothers name. So very much has changed since the days we spent at the Dialysis Center but we did meet a lot of very special people there and you people were among the best. You all are in my thoughts and Prayers. God Bless You

  2. Seeley Lake MontanaYou all have my Deepest Sympathy. Your Mom was a dear friend of my MOM Helen Olstad. They were both such gentle spirits.

  3. Seeley Lake MontanaYou have my Deepest Sympathy. Your Mom was a great friend to my Mom Helen Olstad. They were both such gentle spirits.

  4. Pelican Rapids MN
    We were so saddened to read of Jean’s passing. She was such a gentle lady–always about doing the Lord’s work. She did it with grace and humility.

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