Jeannette Young-Zantman

Obituary of Jeannette "Liane" Young-Zantman

On Friday, February 24, 2023, Jeannette Liane Young-Zantman passed away unexpectedly.

Jeannette, or Liane as her close friends and family knew her, was born August 22, 1969, to Charles Lairie Young and Judith Anne Greer Young at Cannon AFB in Curry County, New Mexico. Military took her from NM to Mt. Home AFB to Tehran, Iran, to Altus, Oklahoma, and after her Dad retired from the service, they moved to Meridian and then to Kuna.

Liane’s interests as a youth include Horse 4-H, reading, writing and poetry, music, and singing in the Kuna High School Choir and Jazz Choir.

Liane married Marius (Marty) Zantman on July 9, 1988. Liane and Marty loved farming and made their lives around their cattle. Marty marveled at how she could work with the most difficult first calf heifers, calm stressed cows and tell if any cows needed special attention. She named each one of their heard and could tell you the personalities of each cow. However, there is one thing she loved more than being a farmer: being a mother.

In May of 1989, Liane became a mother to her first daughter, Jeannelle, and in 1990, her second daughter Lorraine was born. When she found out she was pregnant with her third, a boy, Marius Jr., due in September of 1991, she and Marty decided to buy a farm in Meridian, Idaho.
Tragedy struck in September when Marius Junior was born. Mere hours after his arrival, Liane and Marty had to lay him to rest because his heart had not developed correctly; this started one of the most challenging times in the young couple’s lives. They were surrounded by love and family but burdened by grief and loss. They spent some time apart before getting back together in 1995. Aurora was born in November of that year, and the family was reunited on the farm. Elizabeth (Ellie) was their fourth daughter, born in September 1999. When they thought they were done having children with an even balance, Fiohna was born in August 2001, making a family of seven, five girls.

From 1997-2005 Liane and the girls regularly attended Holy Nativity Episcopal Church in Meridian. They became deeply involved in the church, including Liane working with the health department to organize Vaccination Clinics and volunteering at the food bank. They participated in charity events and as many volunteering opportunities as could be balanced with the farm. However, a community favorite was what Liane wrangled together from the farm to bring for the community Christmas parade, a trailer, horse, a couple of goats, and a donkey; That regularly sat down during the parade earning giggles and creating fond memories. Liane instilled a love of service in her daughters and giving what you can to bring joy to others. She also fostered an appreciation for singing. Anyone who has met any of the “Zant-girls” knows they can’t help but sing along with any song at the top of their lungs, whether they were fortunate to get their mother’s singing talent or were closer to the before mentioned donkey in tune. Liane and the younger girls attended Kuna Methodist Church, where she and Linda sang in the choir. She also had times singing in the LDS Choir for the local ward.

When not farming, Liane worked in various customer service positions, including Radio Shack, ShopKo, Sears Call Center, Mervyn’s, Citi Bank Call Center, Walmart, and Big Smoke. Her most fulfilling career, however, started in 2020 when she took the position of Peer Support Mentor through Pathways of Idaho. There she worked with clients who were people recovering from traumatic and mental illness events.

Liane's friends and family will celebrate her life at Holy Nativity in Meridian, Idaho, at 10 A.M. on Friday, March 3, 2023. Officiating the memorial service will be Reverend Barbra Bond. Liane's wishes were to be cremated before a service. A reception will Immediatly follow. 

Liane is now resting with Marius Junior and getting to be his mom, as she has wanted since his passing over 30 years ago.

Liane is survived by her parents: Charles Lairie Young and Judith Anne Young; sister, Tania Louise Cheney; brother, Charles Lairie Young Jr.; husband Marius Alexander Zantman; daughters: Jeannelle M. Lorenz, Lorraine Cecile Wikoff, Aurora Linda Zantman, Elizabeth Eleanor Zantman, and Fiohna Rochelle Zantman;  and grandchildren: Oliver Lorenz, Alexander Wikoff, PennyAnne Wikoff, and Khalil Parkinson. 

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Celebration of Life

10:00 am
Friday, March 3, 2023
Episcopal Church of the Holy Nativity
828 W. Cherry Ln.
Meridian, Idaho, United States


12:00 pm
Friday, March 3, 2023
American Legion Post 113
22 W. Broadway Ave.
Meridian, Idaho, United States
(208) 202-5737
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