June 2, 1936 - November 19, 2021
Bethel Joy Sylvester, 85, of Marion, Iowa, passed away on Friday, November 19, 2021, at Mercy Medical Center. A visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at Toddville Free Methodist Church. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at Toddville Free Methodist Church with Pastor Tim DeVries officiating. Services will be livestreamed at the church YouTube page, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxlL14SFganAgRY6uU_7osQ. Burial at Dunkard Cemetery will be at a later date. Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Marion is assisting the family. Bethel was born on June 2, 1936, in Iowa City, Iowa, the daughter of Raymond Benedict and Martha Jane (Auman) Schmickle. She attended Toddville High School and graduated from Wessington Springs Junior College, where she met the love of her life. On June 15, 1956, Bethel was united in marriage to Larry Eugene Sylvester at Toddville Free Methodist Church. She excelled at music, teaching piano lessons, and working for Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service but she loved playing for weddings. Bethel was a member of Toddville Free Methodist Church, where she was the church musician, as well as a youth leader, bible club leader, bible study leader, children’s counselor, and a volunteer at hospice. She enjoyed playing card games, putting together puzzles, creating photo albums for her grandchildren, going to garage sales and late-night runs to Burger King with her grandchildren. Most of all Bethel loved Jesus, family, and friends. Bethel is survived and lovingly remembered by her husband of 65 years, Larry Sylvester of Marion; two sons, Philip (Cindy) Sylvester of Richland, Iowa, and Mark Sylvester of Midway, Iowa; two daughters-in-law, Kim Sylvester of Waukon, Iowa, and Lisa Roth of Oklahoma; special friend, Aaron Krouse of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; grandchildren, Teisha Heft (Patrick), Luke Sylvester (Kim), Cody Sylvester (Madison), Jered Sylvester (Kitty), and Tyler Sylvester (Allie); great-grandchildren, Austin (Sarah), Abbigail, Alicia, Lilly, Quenton, Rory, Harper, Kane, and Madeline Joy; and dog, Mitzi. She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Martha Schmickle; son, Dennis Sylvester; and brother, Burdette Schmickle. A memorial fund has been established.
Bethel Joy Sylvester, 85, of Marion, Iowa, passed away on Friday, November 19, 2021, at Mercy Medical Center. A visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at Toddville Free Methodist Church. A funeral service will... View Obituary & Service Information
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