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Sylvia Strube-Poyzer

Feb. 29, 1928 - Aug. 28, 2013

August 30, 2013
Estherville News

ESTHERVILLE - Funeral services for Sylvia Strube-Poyzer, 85, of Estherville will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church in Estherville with Pastors Chad Ensz and Kennen Berber-Ensz officiating. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville. Interment will be at East Side Cemetery in Estherville.

She passed away Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at Avera Holy Family Hospital, surrounded by her entire family.

Sylvia Jane (Cassem) Strube-Poyzer, the daughter of John and Sarah (Anderson) Cassem, was born Feb. 29, 1928, in Swea City.

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Sylvia Strube-Poyzer

She attended school in the Swea City schools. Years later in 1974, Sylvia completed her education by obtaining her GED and was very proud of the fact that she graduated at the same time her son, Gary, was graduating from college with his degree.

On June 24, 1951, Sylvia was united in marriage to Gene Strube in Jackson, Minn. The couple made their home in Estherville where they began raising their family. Along with being a homemaker and mom, Sylvia worked outside their home at Butterfield Produce in Estherville, and later was a cook for the Estherville Community School District in an elementary school. She also was employed at Woolworth's Five and Ten at the lunch counter and later at Ben Franklin as a retail clerk. Eventually she went to work for Alco in Estherville and worked in the fabric and men's department of the store until her retirement in 1991. Sylvia also enjoyed working at the I & R Drive Inn in Estherville working for Irma and Russell Agerbeck. Gene passed away March 29, 1988. On Oct. 14, 1989, Sylvia was united in marriage to Donald Poyzer. The couple continued to make their home in Estherville. They enjoyed going camping and square dancing together. Don died Aug. 19, 1998. In her leisure time Sylvia enjoyed going out to eat. Her favorite meal was chicken strips and a baked potato. She also enjoyed visiting Branson, Mo. and enjoyed riding around the Iowa Great Lakes in the Spirit Lake area. She loved crocheting, making afghans, having made one for each of her children and doing jig saw puzzles right up to the time of her death. Most important to Sylvia was spending time with her precious family.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Estherville where she was a circle leader and member of the Presbyterian Women. Sylvia also enjoyed being a member of Estherville Senior Citizens and volunteering her time both there and at Estherville Dinner Date for 12 years.

Left to cherish Sylvia's memory are her children, Gary Strube and his wife, Katie, of Ripon, Wis., Marly Zieckler of Estherville, Kevin Strube and Laurie Peterson of Estherville and Jan Strube and John Thomas of Estherville; grandkids, Tara Zieckler of Estherville, Kyle Strube and his wife, Casi, of Estherville, Kipp Strube and RaLeah Held of Estherville and Jessica Lahrs and Brian Limoges, both of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada; great-grands, Aiden and Landon Strube of Estherville, David Daniel Barrett of Eugene, Ore., Kailynn Strube of Lakefield, Minn. and Cadence Lahrs of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.

Preceding Sylvia in death were both her husbands; her parents; brothers, Donald, Art, Ed, Wally and Leslie Cassem and sisters, Alma Vogt and Pearl Stone.

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