Heaven was sent another angel. Dyan Jongewaard Jones passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her heartbroken family who never left her side as she valiantly fought cancer with dignity, grace and amazing courage. They kept her happy, comfortable and ever so beautiful until the end.
Jones was an accomplished artist and designer who saw beauty in everything and everyone. She lived life in Laguna Beach with her three sons and a very special “joie de vivre”. She was lovely and easy going up until the very end of her 53 years. Her amazing and joyous spirit will be missed by all who knew her.
Jones is survived by her parents, Roger and Carol Jongewaard; her three sons, Bryn, 19, Craig, 18, Roger 14, and stepson Dylan; her siblings, Terry, Janice, Kristin and Don; their spouses and all of her adoring nieces, nephews and other family members.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts of tribute be made in loving memory of Dyan Jongewaard Jones to the charity of your choice.
Polzien was born in Pawtucket, R.I., on March 19, 1931, daughter of Thomas Whalen and Ellen Dempsey Whalen. She attended Catholic schools, and in 1951, at age 20, graduated as a registered nurse from a residence program at St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing, Providence, R.I. She also attended Boston College. Her nursing career included public health nursing in Boston and emergency room nursing in New York City, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles.
She married Ronald Polzien in 1959 and the family moved to South Laguna in 1966. Polzien worked as the ICU/CCU supervisor at South Coast Medical Center in Laguna.
She retired from nursing in 1979 and became an active volunteer at Laguna Beach High School and Art-a-Fair.
In 1989, Ron was transferred by Ford Aerospace to Huntsville, Ala., where the couple lived for five years.
When Ron retired, they moved to Destin, Fla., where she volunteered for three years at an elementary school and taught a class of children with learning disabilities.
In 1999, the couple moved to Oahu, Hawaii, in order to be closer to son Mark and grandchildren Sean and Brian. They settled in Mililani to enjoy retirement in paradise.
Eileen was preceded in death by her younger brother, Thomas Whalen Jr. She is survived by her husband of 52 years; sons Joseph of Wisconsin, Mark of Hawaii, and Daniel of California; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service and celebration of Polzien’s life will be held at the Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course, in Laguna Beach, on March 17, at 2 p.m.