Jean Kaizer

Jean Kaizer

Jean Kaizer

Jean Shirley Breen Kaizer, 90, Bismarck, and Madison, Wis., passed away on July 31, 2019, at the University of Wisconsin Hospital.

She was born on March 2, 1929, in Bismarck, to Lyland and Harold Breen. She married Edward Kaizer on April 2, 1951. Jean graduated from Bismarck Senior High School in 1947 and St. Alexius School of Nursing in 1950. She was a dedicated pediatric nurse and nurse manager at St. Alexius Hospital for over three decades. Jean finished her career at Missouri Slope Nursing Home. She was very proud to be a nurse and to have all three daughters follow in her footsteps.

Jean loved swimming at the “Y," traveling with friends and family, and playing games, especially Rummikub! Jean was an avid quilter. Always one to try new things, she went kayaking, boogie boarding and hiking into her 70s, to the amazement and delight of her grandchildren. After moving to Wisconsin in 2006, she loved watching the Packers and marveled at the abundance of trees!

Jean is survived by her twin daughters, Gwenn (Scott) Elliot and Gayle (Eddie) Cohen; daughter, Lynne (Rod) Sears, and twin sons, Kenen (Gretchen) Kaizer and Kevan Kaizer; grandchildren, Sara, Laura, Brent, Andrea, Abby, Bailey, Carly, Eddie and Molly; and great-grandchildren, Reagan, Hailey, Brandon, Ali, and Addyson Jean. She is further survived by sisters, Rosalie (Buck) Strauss, and Harolyn (Joe) Hureta; and sister-in-law, Marilyn (Bill) Wilson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and twin brothers, Donald and Ronald Breen; and Carol Yontz.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at Cress Funeral Home, 6021 University Ave., Madison, for family and friends in Madison. Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 21, 2019, at St. Mary's Cemetery, Bismarck, where she will be laid to rest beside her husband. A reception will be held at the Bismarck Elks Lodge, 900 S. Washington St., following the service. 

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a children’s charity of your choice. Please share a memory at

Jean will always be remembered for the smile on her face and her keen sense of humor.

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