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Margaret Sybesma Altena
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Birth: Apr. 29, 1918
Sioux County
Iowa, USA
Death: Jan. 2, 2008
Sioux Center
Sioux County
Iowa, USA

Margaret Altena, 89, of Sioux Center died Wednesday, January 2, at Royale Meadows Care Center in Sioux Center.

A memorial service was Saturday at 11 a.m. at First Christian Reformed Church of Sioux Center with the Rev. Carl Klompien officiating. Interment was in Memory Gardens Cemetery of Sioux Center.

Mrs. Altena was born April 29, 1918, to Syne and Christina (Broek) Sybesma in Hawarden. She attended the Perkins Christian School through the eighth grade. On August 1, 1940, she married Paul Altena, who died July 6, 1945, at the age of 29, of colon cancer. At that time she had two sons, Syne and Alden; a few months after his death, a third son, Donald, was born.

As a young widow and throughout her lifetime, she was a hard worker and worked at many different jobs. As a young woman, she took in laundry for families and cleaned at the local post office for many years. When Dordt College began she boarded students and cooked and did laundry for them. She later worked at Casey's Bakery for many years.

When her son Donald bought the Central Cafe, she played an important role in the success of the business. Her last job before retiring was cooking at Hawk's Cafe in Maurice. She delighted in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and always was interested in their lives. She enjoyed bowling for many years and loved sports. She attended basketball games, with her sisters, at Western Christian and Dordt College. She was a lifelong member of First Christian Reformed Church of Sioux Center.

She is survived by three sons and their wives, Syne and Judy of Sioux Center, Alden and Bev of Hull and Don and Carol of Sioux Center; eight grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; one sister, Christina Rens of Hull; four sisters-in-law, Agnes Sybesma of Orangc City, Catherine Sybesma and Shirley Sybesma, both of Sioux Center, and Margaret Sybesma of Sheldon; and many special nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by six brothers, Clarence, David, William, John, Syne and Stanley; and two sisters, Gertrude Sybesma and Betsy Sybesma; and a granddaughter-in-law.

The Altena Family prefers memorials to Western Christian High School Foundation or Unity Christian High School Foundation.

Sioux Center News 2008-01-09.

Family links: 
  Syne Sybesma (1885 - 1942)
  Christina Broek Sybesma (1889 - 1950)
  Paul Henry Altena (1915 - 1945)
  Clarence Sybesma (1911 - 1951)*
  David Sybesma (1912 - 1984)*
  Betsy Sybesma (1914 - 2002)*
  William Sybesma (1916 - 2000)*
  Margaret Sybesma Altena (1918 - 2008)
  Gertrude Sybesma (1920 - 1997)*
  John Sybesma (1921 - 2007)*
  Christina Sybesma Rens (1923 - 2013)*
  Stanley Sybesma (1929 - 1991)*
*Calculated relationship
Memory Gardens Sioux Center Cemetery
Sioux Center
Sioux County
Iowa, USA
Created by: GS
Record added: Jul 29, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 94417545


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