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Anita Paula (Dubej) Zeik

Passed Away on October 21, 2019


Anita Paula (Dubej) Zeik, 66, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully and was surrounded by family and friends on October 21, 2019, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Anita was born September 14, 1953, in St. Paul, Minnesota to Stefan and Paula Dubej.

Anita went to Simley High School in Minnesota and shortly after graduating married John Zeik on October 9, 1971.  Anita and John had two daughters, Heidi and Toni. After several different career paths, Anita started a career in mortgage banking where she worked diligently to help provide a better life for her children.  Anita worked as a compliance officer at U.S. Bank until she retired in 2018. After living in Minnesota her whole life, Anita and John followed their dream and moved to Arizona for their retirement years.

Family was the most important aspect of Anita’s life. When it came to birthdays, holidays, or any event, Anita ensured everyone was taken care of and felt at home. She had a way of opening her arms to the world and welcomed anyone in as if they were family. No one was left out and she ensured that everyone had a seat at the table because she loved unconditionally.

Anita was a strong and driven woman with many passions. She inspired her girls with her bodybuilding and the state competitions she won. She was their hero; not many moms could do incline pushups with two girls on her back! Another passion of Anita’s was boating with the family on the St. Croix river. It was here she made the most memories and several lifelong friends. Most importantly, Anita was John’s co-pilot where they often enjoyed scenic and cross-country drives. There was no better co-pilot to keep John in-between the lines.

She was preceded in death by her father, Stefan Dubej.

She is survived by her loving husband John; daughters Heidi (Mike) Kodelka and Toni Zeik; mother Paula Dubej; sister Ingrid (Mike) Eckberg and brothers Steven (Pam) Dubej, Tony (Luanne) Dubej and Michael (Kim) Dubej; nieces/nephews Erica Eckberg, Andrea (Adam) Swenson, Nick (Angie) Dubej, Eric (Tracy) Dubej, Jessica (Chad) Nelson, Derek Persons, Taylor Dubej, Parker Post, Kaleb Dubej; and great-nieces and great-nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday October 25, 2019, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1244 South Power Rd., Mesa, Arizona 85206 at 4:00pm.

A Memorial Service to celebrate Anita’s wonderful life will be held on Saturday October 26, 2019, at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery, 7900 E Main St. Mesa, AZ 85207 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Anita’s favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The family would like to thank all of the wonderful people who kept Anita in their prayers, to the staff at HonorHealth Osborn Medical Center for all their help and those that encouraged us through this difficult time. She will be forever loved and missed by many.

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  1. Marle Boggs-Rucktaeschel says:

    John, Heidi and Toni and Paula, Ingrid,, Steven, Tony and Michael:

    My sincere sympathy to all of you and extended family. Sorry I’m not one words, but I hope and pray that the good Lord and Savior gives you comfort. Call upon him in your troubled days as he always with you and will answer your prayers!

    As a husband, sibling, mother, sister, brother or extended family Anita will be there in your heart. Cherish those beautify memories! Look for animals like cardinals, butterflies, eagles etc that may appear as they are signs from Anita!

    May God help you thru this grieving process and lift your pain.

    With sincere sympathy to all of you.

    Marlene Boggs-Rucktaeschel and Thomas Boggs

  2. Steve and Patsy Mullenix says:

    Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to John and family. We are deeply sorry to hear of Anita’s passing. She was a strong and caring person. I have to laugh, she had the gift of gab. She always welcomed us into her home with open arms. We are truly blessed to have been in her company. We will miss our visits with her.

    John please know that Steve and I will give a shout out when we are in the area. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Give us a call when you are ready.
    Love Steve and Patsy

  3. John & Kathleen Janisch says:

    Our hearts ache at the news of Anita’s passing. Our prayers and love go out to John, Heidi, Toni, Paula, Ingrid and the entire family for their loss and sorrow. Our many years of friendship and memories shall lift us up and help carry us through. We will always remember Anita’s bright smile, wide grin and tremendous laugh. Oh, how she could laugh and light up the room! John, thank you for sharing her with us. Love to talk more when the time is right.

    Blessings to all.

    Jack & Kathy Janisch
    Round Rock, Texas

  4. Char Morgel says:

    So Sad to hear,Sending my condolences . Heaven Gained Another Angel.

  5. Sharon Bond says:

    I am shocked to hear of Anita’s passing. We worked together at US Bank and I loved and respected her. She encouraged me to leave a position that I had at the Bank to work with her and it was one of the best career moves I made in life. What a wonderful friend, coworker and confident. I will miss her and will treasure every moment of our lives together.

    Rest in Him.

  6. Pam Jamison says:

    Dear Family,

    I am sorry for your loss…My prayers for God’s Peace…thinking of all… Sending my care, especially to the Eckberg family.

  7. Sue Sullivan says:

    I am so very saddened about Anita’s passing. We were coworkers at US Bank Home Mortgage and both of us had a deep passion regarding what was right or wrong in the industry. My heart goes out to John, Heidi (Mike), Toni and all family and friends of Anita’s. I know Anita’s passing has left a big hole in a lot of hearts.

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Anita Paula (Dubej) Zeik

Passed Away on October 21, 2019


Anita Paula (Dubej) Zeik, 66, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully and was surrounded by family and friends on October 21, 2019, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Anita was born September 14, 1953, in St. Paul, Minnesota to Stefan and Paula Dubej.

Anita went to Simley High School in Minnesota and shortly after graduating married John Zeik on October 9, 1971.  Anita and John had two daughters, Heidi and Toni. After several different career paths, Anita started a career in mortgage banking where she worked diligently to help provide a better life for her children.  Anita worked as a compliance officer at U.S. Bank until she retired in 2018. After living in Minnesota her whole life, Anita and John followed their dream and moved to Arizona for their retirement years.

Family was the most important aspect of Anita’s life. When it came to birthdays, holidays, or any event, Anita ensured everyone was taken care of and felt at home. She had a way of opening her arms to the world and welcomed anyone in as if they were family. No one was left out and she ensured that everyone had a seat at the table because she loved unconditionally.

Anita was a strong and driven woman with many passions. She inspired her girls with her bodybuilding and the state competitions she won. She was their hero; not many moms could do incline pushups with two girls on her back! Another passion of Anita’s was boating with the family on the St. Croix river. It was here she made the most memories and several lifelong friends. Most importantly, Anita was John’s co-pilot where they often enjoyed scenic and cross-country drives. There was no better co-pilot to keep John in-between the lines.

She was preceded in death by her father, Stefan Dubej.

She is survived by her loving husband John; daughters Heidi (Mike) Kodelka and Toni Zeik; mother Paula Dubej; sister Ingrid (Mike) Eckberg and brothers Steven (Pam) Dubej, Tony (Luanne) Dubej and Michael (Kim) Dubej; nieces/nephews Erica Eckberg, Andrea (Adam) Swenson, Nick (Angie) Dubej, Eric (Tracy) Dubej, Jessica (Chad) Nelson, Derek Persons, Taylor Dubej, Parker Post, Kaleb Dubej; and great-nieces and great-nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday October 25, 2019, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1244 South Power Rd., Mesa, Arizona 85206 at 4:00pm.

A Memorial Service to celebrate Anita’s wonderful life will be held on Saturday October 26, 2019, at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery, 7900 E Main St. Mesa, AZ 85207 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Anita’s favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The family would like to thank all of the wonderful people who kept Anita in their prayers, to the staff at HonorHealth Osborn Medical Center for all their help and those that encouraged us through this difficult time. She will be forever loved and missed by many.

7 responses to “Anita Paula (Dubej) Zeik”

  1. Marle Boggs-Rucktaeschel says:

    John, Heidi and Toni and Paula, Ingrid,, Steven, Tony and Michael:

    My sincere sympathy to all of you and extended family. Sorry I’m not one words, but I hope and pray that the good Lord and Savior gives you comfort. Call upon him in your troubled days as he always with you and will answer your prayers!

    As a husband, sibling, mother, sister, brother or extended family Anita will be there in your heart. Cherish those beautify memories! Look for animals like cardinals, butterflies, eagles etc that may appear as they are signs from Anita!

    May God help you thru this grieving process and lift your pain.

    With sincere sympathy to all of you.

    Marlene Boggs-Rucktaeschel and Thomas Boggs

  2. Steve and Patsy Mullenix says:

    Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to John and family. We are deeply sorry to hear of Anita’s passing. She was a strong and caring person. I have to laugh, she had the gift of gab. She always welcomed us into her home with open arms. We are truly blessed to have been in her company. We will miss our visits with her.

    John please know that Steve and I will give a shout out when we are in the area. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Give us a call when you are ready.
    Love Steve and Patsy

  3. John & Kathleen Janisch says:

    Our hearts ache at the news of Anita’s passing. Our prayers and love go out to John, Heidi, Toni, Paula, Ingrid and the entire family for their loss and sorrow. Our many years of friendship and memories shall lift us up and help carry us through. We will always remember Anita’s bright smile, wide grin and tremendous laugh. Oh, how she could laugh and light up the room! John, thank you for sharing her with us. Love to talk more when the time is right.

    Blessings to all.

    Jack & Kathy Janisch
    Round Rock, Texas

  4. Char Morgel says:

    So Sad to hear,Sending my condolences . Heaven Gained Another Angel.

  5. Sharon Bond says:

    I am shocked to hear of Anita’s passing. We worked together at US Bank and I loved and respected her. She encouraged me to leave a position that I had at the Bank to work with her and it was one of the best career moves I made in life. What a wonderful friend, coworker and confident. I will miss her and will treasure every moment of our lives together.

    Rest in Him.

  6. Pam Jamison says:

    Dear Family,

    I am sorry for your loss…My prayers for God’s Peace…thinking of all… Sending my care, especially to the Eckberg family.

  7. Sue Sullivan says:

    I am so very saddened about Anita’s passing. We were coworkers at US Bank Home Mortgage and both of us had a deep passion regarding what was right or wrong in the industry. My heart goes out to John, Heidi (Mike), Toni and all family and friends of Anita’s. I know Anita’s passing has left a big hole in a lot of hearts.

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