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 Bessie <I>Norton</I> Sierk

Bessie Norton Sierk

Princeton, Scott County, Iowa, USA
Death 27 Oct 2011 (aged 100)
Eldridge, Scott County, Iowa, USA
Burial Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 79573535 · View Source
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PRINCETON, Iowa — Bessie Sierk, 100, died Thursday, October 27, 2011, at Grand Haven Retirement Community, Eldridge, Iowa.
Interment in Pine Hill Cemetery in Davenport. Bessie was born on February 1, 1911, in rural Princeton, Iowa, to Orvie and Bessie (Birney) Norton. When she was just nine weeks old, her mother passed away; her maternal grandparents, Henry and Jane Birney, raised her. Bessie attended school in Princeton and was a 1928 graduate of Clinton High School.
After six weeks of training, she taught in a one-room country school for nine years. She married Lloyd Sierk on June 18, 1939, and became a farmer's wife. Later, she returned to teaching in the North Scott School District. During the course of her long career, Bessie taught in four different one-room schools, the old Princeton School and retired as a kindergarten teacher from Virgil Grissom Elementary, Princeton, in 1976.
Bessie and Lloyd left the farm in 1964, moving to Princeton and later to Bettendorf. Lloyd passed away in 1993.
Bessie was a lifetime member of the Princeton Presbyterian Church, and her memberships in the Grassy Lane Club and Echo Rebekah Lodge date back to 1930 and 1931 respectively. She was a Past Noble Grand and held memberships in Liedertaufel, the Northwest Turner Auxiliary and Women of the Moose. For many years she served as the Princeton correspondent for the North Scott Press, the Quad-City Times and the Clinton Herald.
Her survivors include sons, Robert (Bonnie) Sierk of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Donald (Patricia) Sierk of Bettendorf; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth (Jim) Corridan, Robyn (Jeff) Canfield, Kara (Brent) Reeder, Courtney (Brian) Gaintner, Christopher (Polly) Sierk, Jonathan (Stacey Thompson) Sierk, and Alexander (Sara) Sierk; and 12 great-grandchildren.
When commenting on her longevity, Bessie stated, "I have had a full life blessed with good health, a devoted and loving family and a host of friends."

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  • Created by: Ken Nagel
  • Added: 30 Oct 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 79573535
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Bessie Norton Sierk (1 Feb 1911–27 Oct 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 79573535, citing Pine Hill Cemetery, Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Ken Nagel (contributor 47221898) .