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.  


  • Bret Van Kesteren says:

    I love you, Mom! You were the best mother ever! I’ll miss you and you will forever be in my heart, thoughts and prayers.

  • Ray Nunez says:


    So glad that Ottawa Court introduced us to you and Richard 24 years ago. Your kindness and support of your neighbors and the kids was a blessing to many. We will miss your smile and wave that always brightened our day. With all our love, The Nunez family.

  • Don McKinley says:

    Jean was more than just a cousin, but a dear friend. No one will ever take her place.
    My heart goes out to her beloved husband Richard and her two sons Brett and Scott.
    I also want to thank her wonderful daughter-in-law Tina for all she has done.

  • Robin says:

    My Aunt Jean was an awesome role model. When I was in college getting my BS of Education she would like always let me know how proud she was of me. When I decided to get my Masters Degree she let me know how proud she was of me. Her words of encouragement meant the world too me. I love and miss you Aunt Jean. Thanks for loving me.

  • Jean was my big sister. I have lots of memories of growing up with Jean, my brothers Glenn and Jim. We were lucky to have a large extended family with Aunts & Uncles and many hours were spent playing with all of our cousins. Jean was an daughter, sister, wife, mother, and a best friend. We would talk every weekend. She is greatly missed.

  • Leonard and Marylyn Ernsbarger says:

    Jean was a great person and a great cousin. She will be greatly missed. About 10 years ago we went out and visited Richard and Jean and it was a wonderful experience. Always have been great to see them at family reunions. Deepest sympathy to her love ones, may God provide you with comfort and peace.
    Leonard and Marylyn Ernsbarger

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