Nancy Jean Zander

January 13, 1960 ~ January 4, 2021


Jan. 11, 2021
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
1950 East 10600 South, Sandy Utah
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    Jan. 12, 2021
    11:00 AM
    7336 South 3200 West, West Jordan, Utah
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  • Nancy Jean Zander, 60, returned to her heavenly father on January 4th, 2021 after a courageous, 2 ½ year battle with multiple myeloma. Our beloved warrior was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on January 13th, 1960.

    She graduated from Bingham High School in 1978 and went on to marry her high school sweetheart, Jeff Zander, in 1981. Together they had three daughters, Brandy, Amy, and Chantel. Nancy was a loving, nurturing person who could make friends with anyone. She had a passion for children which she was fortunate enough to turn into a 20+ year career. Her magic touch and knowledge of infants earned her the nickname “baby whisperer” as parents were always astonished by her ability to know exactly what her babies needed. Nancy had many church callings where she excelled, and she especially loved her time spent at the care center. She was very selfless, always put others’ needs before her own, and had a talent where she could make anyone feel special, even on the darkest of days. Family was of the utmost importance to her and she looked forward to family trips and making memories with her grandchildren. She also had a deep love for gardening and was quite the green thumb. In recent years, she really looked forward to girl’s nights at Hale Centre Theatre with two of her closest friends. Nancy was a special soul and she will be greatly missed by all that were fortunate enough to know her.

    Nancy was preceded in death by her father Richard (Dick) Neilson and sister Carrie Neilson. She is survived by her mother, Marlene Robinson; husband, Jeff Zander; children, Brandy Zander, Amy Miller (Zack), and Chantel Goodell (Adam); five beautiful grandchildren, Isaac Steck, Jett Miller, Emma Miller, Bronson Miller, and Xander Goodell; and siblings, Susan Newbold (Gary), Steven Neilson, Julie Hessheimer (Randy), and Rick Neilson (Lisa).

    A visitation/viewing will be held on Monday, January 11th, 2021 from 7-9 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Gardens on 1950 E 10600 S, Sandy, Utah. A funeral will be held on Tuesday, January 12th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m., at the Heritage 12th Ward Chapel, 7336 South 3200 West, West Jordan, Utah. Interment will take place at the Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery following services on Tuesday.

    Please wear bright colors in honor of Nancy. Masks will be required at all events held in Nancy’s honor and memory.

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    In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to the Red Cross to help out other warriors like Nancy.


    I'm so sorry for you're loss...

    - Zur Johnson
    Dear Sue, We are so sorry for the loss of your valiant sister, Nancy. Although I didn’t know her, I can tell by looking at her pictures that she has a beautiful spirit about her and she has now overcome this difficult trial and is now healed and will receive all the glorious blessings that Heavenly Father has in store for her. May the coming days bring much love and peace to you and your family. Love, Marlene and Steve English

    - Marlene English
    All the best Jeff. Nancy was a wonderful lady. Find peace in knowing you will be together again.

    - Dean R Adam
    Nancy was an amazing Lady. She always had nothing but kind and loving words to say. Nancy was a ray of light an inspiration. I will treasure our friendship always. My love and prayers go out to her family. She will be greatly missed. I am truly sorry. Michelle Horrocks

    - Michelle Paulk Horrocks
    Jeff and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Nancy was always such a sweet ray of sunshine and I have nothing but good loving memories of her. She was and always will be an example that we can all look to as we try to better ourselves and serve others. God bless you all with peace and strength. You will, we all will see her again one day and I'm sure that will be a glorious reunion.

    - Alan Cluff
    Dear Zander family, Many are sadden at the passing of Nancy! I will always remember her sweet face, smile and quiet laugh. Nancy loved her family, Always had a big smile when talking about the girls and grandchildren. Know she left her struggle behind. Memories of her will be cherished.

    - Kathy Schow
    As neighbors and friends of the family for many years, please accept our heartfelt condolences and best wishes as you move on from this loss of Nancy. She truly was an amazing, loving and gentle soul, focused as the obituary said on her family and especially on children. We will miss her, and pray that the peace of our Savior Jesus Christ will comfort you in the days and weeks to come. The Gordon Family

    - Lynn and Jeri Lynn Gordon
    Nancy is a beautiful woman. She saw the positive in others. She did not judge. She loved others with all her heart. May you as a family feel peace and comfort.

    - Julie Lambert
    So sorry for your loss. Nancy was a beautiful talented women and a dear friend to everyone. Our prayers go out to all the family. Love you all. Ken & Anne

    - Ken & Anne Rushton
    We are so sorry for the families loss. God bless you all. 🙏🏼❤️💐

    - Cindy and Tom Sirivejchaphan
    There is no possible way to replace a mother, grandmother, or sister. With a broken heart, we say goodbye. You have a strong family that will somehow someway find the strength to go on living. I hope to live each day to the fullest in honor of Nancy's warrior spirit. I love you forever and always and then some. Joe says,” fly with the angels, Sam. “

    - Julie Hessheimer
    WE will miss you!

    - Kim Miller