Teresa  Van Zee
Teresa Van Zee, 55, of Oskaloosa, died Tuesday, November 19, 2019 in Poweshiek County. Teresa was born September 17, 1964 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of Melton and Grace (Cooper) Fort.
Teresa attended Ottumwa High School and Indian Hills Community College. On December 19, 1987, Teresa married Larry Van Zee, in Ottumwa, Iowa. In Teresa's early career she worked as a Customer Service Representative for Color Master, Target and Walmart. She later worked her way up to becoming a District/Regional Manager for Christopher & Banks, Deb Shops, Gymboree and her current position at the Learning Care Group. She was a very talented manager and earned numerous awards.
Teresa was a member of the Bethel Christian Reformed Church. She loved to travel with Larry and her family. They traveled all over the United States and abroad including Rome, France, and Spain.
She is survived by her husband, Larry; son, Joe (Laura) Van Zee of Fairfield; daughter, Jessica (Aaron) Allspach of Des Moines. 5 grandchildren, Mackenzie Overbergen, Kaylee Gripp, Payton Van Zee, Harper Allspach, Kaden Van Zee, a little girl due next spring; her mother: Grace Fort of Oskaloosa; three brothers, Rick Fort of Ottumwa, Bill Fort of Burlington, Robert Fort of Oskaloosa; many nieces and nephews; and her mother-in-law: Nancy Van Zee of Oskaloosa.
Teresa is preceded in death by her father: Melton Fort; and father-in-law: Marvin Van Zee.
Funeral Services are pending at the Bates Funeral Chapel.
Published on November 26, 2019


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Jill Costantino
Dec 03, 2019
Just learning of Teresa's passing and my sincere sympathy goes out to her family. I worked with Teresa at Deb Shops. My heart goes out to the family and I pray for peace as you remember you’re Beautiful Teresa. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs.
Learning Care Group Iowa District
Nov 27, 2019
Fiery Lily and Rose was purchased for the family of Teresa Van Zee by Learning Care Group Iowa District.  Send flowers
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Nov 27, 2019
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