Jean M. VanKesteren
Jul 31, 1931 - Feb 2, 2022
East Lawn Sierra Hills
5757 Greenback Lane
Sacramento, CA, 95841
Lois “Jean” McKinley VanKesteren was born in Appleton City, Missouri to parents Cleo (Williamson) and Chester McKinley on July 31,1931 and passed away on February 2, 2022, in Roseville, California. She was the oldest of four children. Early schooling and high school education were completed in Missouri. After high school, she moved to California where she met and married Glen “Richard” VanKesteren. They married in 1951 and celebrated their 70th anniversary in 2021. Jean worked at CSUN for twenty-five years and retired as a credential analyst. While at CSUN, she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. Jean and Richard had two sons, Bret Alan and Scott Wayne. Jean is survived by her loving and dedicated husband Richard of Rocklin, California for more than 70 years. She is also survived by her sister, Sharon Fowler of Clinton, Missouri, sons Bret (and Tina) VanKesteren, Roseville, California, Scott (and Robin) VanKesteren, Agoura Hills, California, two grandsons, Nathan Lawton, and Rylan VanKesteren, one granddaughter A’lora Rains, and two Great grandchildren Jaxson and Ellie Rains. Two brothers Jimmy and Glenn have predeceased her. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Jean’s name to Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) or the American Heart Association (AHA). Private services will be held per family request.
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