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Jean Van Buren

April 10, 1931 – June 7, 2023


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Jean Van Buren passed away at the age of 92, on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, in Mesa, AZ.

Known for her positive attitude, kind heart, and sense of humor, Jean’s family asks that she be remembered for the joy she brought to others in life, not the sadness of her passing. She is survived by her children, David (Wendy), their children, Dustin (Amy) Aro, Christopher (Kendall) Aro, Kelsie ( Dustyn) Halvorson; Thomas Aro, his children, with former wife, Jennifer, Nicholas (Taylor) Aro, Elizabeth (Brent) Harris; Kathryn (Chuck) Stoffregen, their children, Laura (Ryan) Smith, Erika Kott; Nancy Austin, and Jerry Austin and their children, Michael Austin, Emily Austin; Janice Van Buren, daughter of George, from a previous marriage; 15 great-grandchildren as well as many cousins, nieces,  nephews, and friends.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Olaf and Irene Andresen; her sister, Barbara Mead; husband, George Van Buren, and former husband, Maynard Aro.

You are welcome to attend the Memorial Service we are holding in her honor on Saturday, October 14, 2023 at Concordia Lutheran Church (1708 John Avenue, Superior, Wisconsin 54880). Visitation will begin at 10:00am until the time of service at 11:00am. Luncheon to follow in the Fellowship Hall. 

In lieu of flowers please consider donating in memory of Jean to Concordia Lutheran Church (1708 John Avenue, Superior, Wisconsin 54880)

, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Leukemia & Lymphoma Society | Blood Cancer Leaders | LLS , or the American Heart Association Arizona | American Heart Association – all of which were important to our mother.

 

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  1. Miriam Austin says:

    Jean brought joy and laughter and a warm smile wherever she went. And was always welcoming , even though the cabin was filled with people she made sure to talk with everyone. Her interest in those she met , made people feel important.
    Rest in peace, we were so blessed to have known you .

  2. Aleta Ballard says:

    I went to YMCA Camp with her daughter, Kathy for two summers. Jean was so kind to me as she graciously drove the 30-ish miles to Lake Nebagamon. My mom didn’t drive so if not for her, I wouldn’t be able to go and it was so much fun!

  3. Craig Andresen says:

    My Aunt Jean, known to me affectionately as Jeannie Belle, was the most wonderful woman I ever knew, after only my mother, and I am so very sad she has passed away. I was blessed to have lived just one house down from the Aros for the first four years of my life. She consoled me when I cried and laughed and smiled when she saw me coming to their door. I could write for hours about how much my Aunt Jean meant to me, but I will simply say that I loved her and I will miss her. God Bless You, Jeannie Belle.

  4. Richard Weinholdt says:

    She is surely going to be missed. I already felt her absence when she left PDS. No one else would make me a grapefruit pie. 🙂 Loving you. I hope heaven is ready for the party girl.

  5. Darlene Phillips says:

    Kathy and family. I was sorry to hear of your mothers passing. She sounded like a caring, loving person. May all her wonderful memories carry you thru this difficult time.. May she now rest peacefully! 🙏🙏🙏

  6. Jack and Brenda Allen says:

    Our hearts are saddened by her loss, but we have the beautiful and fun memories to keep with us. Jean is a beautiful soul and had such an infectious smile and personality. Condolences to the family and God Bless all of you. RIP in peace Jeanie, Beanie. I hold you close to my heart. Sincerely, Jack and Brenda Allen & family

  7. Larry Woodbury says:

    So sorry to hear this, the little bit I knew of her she seemed to be a wonderful person. May God’s peace and grace get you and the family through this difficult time….Love, Wade, Marge and Larry Woodbury

  8. Jeanne Hopkins says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Steve and Jeanne Hopkins

  9. Sue Smedegard says:

    Jean was one of the truly nicest people I ever knew, it was a joy to work with her for many years, and an honor to call her my friend.

  10. Becky Wornson says:

    Kathy and Family,

    We are sending our sincere sympathy and extra hugs to you and your family. We know your Mom was fortunate to have such a wonderful daughter as you are. Rebecca Circle Gals at OSLC

  11. Marvin and Sandy Klang says:

    So sorry for your family’s loss. Your mom was so sweet and the memories you all have will live on forever.

  12. Dianne Hawk says:

    I am truly grateful that I could visit Auntie Jean this past March! She loved me & my friends unconditionally! She was my “ go to” to help me remember many things I could not remember as a child! I l know that she is dancing & playing cards in Heaven with Mom! Until I see you again, love Dianne Mead Hawk

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Jean Van Buren

April 10, 1931 – June 7, 2023


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Jean Van Buren passed away at the age of 92, on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, in Mesa, AZ.

Known for her positive attitude, kind heart, and sense of humor, Jean’s family asks that she be remembered for the joy she brought to others in life, not the sadness of her passing. She is survived by her children, David (Wendy), their children, Dustin (Amy) Aro, Christopher (Kendall) Aro, Kelsie ( Dustyn) Halvorson; Thomas Aro, his children, with former wife, Jennifer, Nicholas (Taylor) Aro, Elizabeth (Brent) Harris; Kathryn (Chuck) Stoffregen, their children, Laura (Ryan) Smith, Erika Kott; Nancy Austin, and Jerry Austin and their children, Michael Austin, Emily Austin; Janice Van Buren, daughter of George, from a previous marriage; 15 great-grandchildren as well as many cousins, nieces,  nephews, and friends.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Olaf and Irene Andresen; her sister, Barbara Mead; husband, George Van Buren, and former husband, Maynard Aro.

You are welcome to attend the Memorial Service we are holding in her honor on Saturday, October 14, 2023 at Concordia Lutheran Church (1708 John Avenue, Superior, Wisconsin 54880). Visitation will begin at 10:00am until the time of service at 11:00am. Luncheon to follow in the Fellowship Hall. 

In lieu of flowers please consider donating in memory of Jean to Concordia Lutheran Church (1708 John Avenue, Superior, Wisconsin 54880)

, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Leukemia & Lymphoma Society | Blood Cancer Leaders | LLS , or the American Heart Association Arizona | American Heart Association – all of which were important to our mother.

 

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  1. Miriam Austin says:

    Jean brought joy and laughter and a warm smile wherever she went. And was always welcoming , even though the cabin was filled with people she made sure to talk with everyone. Her interest in those she met , made people feel important.
    Rest in peace, we were so blessed to have known you .

  2. Aleta Ballard says:

    I went to YMCA Camp with her daughter, Kathy for two summers. Jean was so kind to me as she graciously drove the 30-ish miles to Lake Nebagamon. My mom didn’t drive so if not for her, I wouldn’t be able to go and it was so much fun!

  3. Craig Andresen says:

    My Aunt Jean, known to me affectionately as Jeannie Belle, was the most wonderful woman I ever knew, after only my mother, and I am so very sad she has passed away. I was blessed to have lived just one house down from the Aros for the first four years of my life. She consoled me when I cried and laughed and smiled when she saw me coming to their door. I could write for hours about how much my Aunt Jean meant to me, but I will simply say that I loved her and I will miss her. God Bless You, Jeannie Belle.

  4. Richard Weinholdt says:

    She is surely going to be missed. I already felt her absence when she left PDS. No one else would make me a grapefruit pie. 🙂 Loving you. I hope heaven is ready for the party girl.

  5. Darlene Phillips says:

    Kathy and family. I was sorry to hear of your mothers passing. She sounded like a caring, loving person. May all her wonderful memories carry you thru this difficult time.. May she now rest peacefully! 🙏🙏🙏

  6. Jack and Brenda Allen says:

    Our hearts are saddened by her loss, but we have the beautiful and fun memories to keep with us. Jean is a beautiful soul and had such an infectious smile and personality. Condolences to the family and God Bless all of you. RIP in peace Jeanie, Beanie. I hold you close to my heart. Sincerely, Jack and Brenda Allen & family

  7. Larry Woodbury says:

    So sorry to hear this, the little bit I knew of her she seemed to be a wonderful person. May God’s peace and grace get you and the family through this difficult time….Love, Wade, Marge and Larry Woodbury

  8. Jeanne Hopkins says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Steve and Jeanne Hopkins

  9. Sue Smedegard says:

    Jean was one of the truly nicest people I ever knew, it was a joy to work with her for many years, and an honor to call her my friend.

  10. Becky Wornson says:

    Kathy and Family,

    We are sending our sincere sympathy and extra hugs to you and your family. We know your Mom was fortunate to have such a wonderful daughter as you are. Rebecca Circle Gals at OSLC

  11. Marvin and Sandy Klang says:

    So sorry for your family’s loss. Your mom was so sweet and the memories you all have will live on forever.

  12. Dianne Hawk says:

    I am truly grateful that I could visit Auntie Jean this past March! She loved me & my friends unconditionally! She was my “ go to” to help me remember many things I could not remember as a child! I l know that she is dancing & playing cards in Heaven with Mom! Until I see you again, love Dianne Mead Hawk