Celebrating the life of Jay Roland VanZuiden
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JAY ROLAND VAN ZUIDEN, 90, of Mesa, AZ, peacefully ended his earthly journey and entered his heavenly home while at the Heritage Village Assisted Living and Memory Care facility in Mesa, AZ on December 13, 2021. A Celebration of Life service for Jay will be held at a later date, and cremation rights are accorded. Jay and his twin brother Roland were born April 2, 1931, in Newton Township to Henry and Maggie (Van Oosten) Van Zuiden. Jay was educated at the Garden Plain School but finished and graduated from 8th grade in Mt. Carroll, IL. He married Dorothy A. Wiersema on August 26, 1949, in Fulton, IL. They enjoyed 72 years of marriage. They farmed in the Mt. Carroll, IL area and then moved to Fulton, IL where Jay had multiple farm-related jobs in the Fulton and Sterling, IL areas. He retired in 1993 from Whiteside County FS Inc. In Sterling, IL. Jay and his wife, Dorothy, were original members of the Lanark Reformed Church in Lanark, IL, and also were lifetime members of the Second Reformed Church in Fulton, IL. He enjoyed his family, taking many trips with his wife, playing cards, bowling and wintering in Mesa, AZ before making AZ their permanent residence in 2015. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; four daughters, Diane (Don) Wierenga of Gilbert, AZ, Kristi (William) Venema of Surprise, AZ, Sheila (Robert) Wilkens of Fulton, IL and Paula (Steven) Anglese of Dubuque IA; nine grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; one great, great grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents and his twin brother, Roland.