Joyce Ortega Zeinstra, age 45, of Montgomery, IL passed away at her home surrounded by her family on Monday, November 3, 2014. She was born on March 19, 1969 in Chicago, IL the daughter of Michael and Trinidad (Soledad) Ortega.
Joyce was united in marriage on October 28, 1995 in Addison, IL to Patrick Zeinstra and they spent the next 19 happy years of their lives together. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, and cousin who will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
Joyce was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Yorkville, IL. She was employed as a special education teacher for the blind. Joyce was passionate to work with blind and visually impaired children. She loved to cook and take care of her perennial gardens.
She is survived by her husband, Patrick Zeinstra of Montgomery, IL; her children, Brendan, Hanna, and Jared Zeinstra, all of Montgomery, IL; her father, Michael Ortega of Longboat Key, FL; her brother, Anthony (Ramona Sullivan) Ortega of Champaign, IL; her sisters, Lisa (John) Zoppi of Riverside, IL and Nancy (Ibrahim Khoury) Ortega of Palatine, IL; her father and mother-in-law, Marlin and Kay Zeinstra of Bryon Center, MI; her brother-in-law, Mark (Maribeth) Zeinstra of Holland, MI; her sister-in-law, Kelly (Dan) Muniz of Wayland, MI; as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Trinidad Ortega.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, November 7, 2014 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 406 Walnut St., Yorkville, IL with Father Matthew Lamoureux, M.I.C. officiating. Interment will follow in St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery in Bristol, IL.
Friends may visit from 4:00 until 8:00 PM on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 1617 N. Bridge St., Yorkville, IL.
Memorials in Joyce’s name may be directed to a college fund being established for her children.