|7/10/2019 3:25:00 PM|
Bernece Sykora, 98, of Sanborn, Iowa, formerly of Windom, died June 29, 2019, at Prairie View in Sanborn, Iowa.
A Celebra-tion of Life service will be held Monday at 2 p.m., at First Baptist Church in Windom with Pastor Gary Wiens officiating.
Special music will be provided by Paul Sykora, violinist; Vonnie Klassen, pianist; and Steven and Heather Sykora, duet.
Casket bearers will be Andy Getting, Justin Sykora, Nicholas Sykora, Andy Benjamin, Jason Sykora, Nathan Stencel, Derek Kaiser and Steven Sykora.
Honorary pallbearers will be Daniel Sykora and Joshua Sykora.
Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Windom.
Visitation will be held Monday at the church for one hour prior to the service.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Bernece Arlene Lee was born June 6, 1921, to George and Dena (Lee) Lee. She was raised on a family farm near Sanborn, Minn., and attended country school for four years before attending and graduating from Sanborn Public Schools. Bernece also graduated from Mankato State Teachers College in 1942.
While teaching country school near Storden, Bernece met Harley F. Sykora at the Baptist Church in Storden. They married in 1944 and farmed for 20 years, first near Storden and then in the Windom area.
While living in the Windom area, Bernece returned to teaching and completed her bachelor's degree at Mankato State College. She taught fifth grade for Windom Public Schools in the Wilder and Winfair Elementary buildings. Bernece taught for 29 years before retiring at age 65.
In retirement, she enjoyed golf, reading, making quilts, studying the Bible and leading Bible studies.
In 1986, Bernece and Harley purchased a camper and camped in Minnesota in spring, summer and fall, while spending 17 winters in Apache Junction, Ariz. There they established another family of friends for golf and other "snowbird" activities and also led a Bible study at their Arizona church.
Bernece and Harley moved their membership from Storden Baptist Church to First Baptist Church in Windom in 1958, when the family moved to a farm near Windom. The family participated and served at First Baptist throughout the years.
Bernece was preceded in death by her husband, Harley F. Sykora; six brothers: Orville, Millard, Grant, Merle, Raymond and Willard Lee; and four sisters: Grace, Esther, Irene and Clara.
Survivors include her four children: Keith (Beth) Sykora of Waseca, Bradley (Sharon) Sykora of St. Peter, Paul (Ruth) Sykora of Hastings and Mary Jo (Don) Getting of Sanborn, Iowa; 10 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; a sister, Charlotte Davis of Colorado; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Lee of Illinois and Lucy Madson of Minnesota; and a brother-in-law, Merle Skyora (Tom Olson) of Minnesota.