Sylvia Montsma

Date of Death: Jan 27, 2012
Sylvia Montsma
[highlight_text] (1931 – 2012) [/highlight_text] Sylvia Montsma, 80, of Waupun, died peacefully on Friday, January 27, 2012 at Hospice Home of Hope in Fond du Lac with her children at her side.


[leftcolumn]Sylvia Montsma was born September 19, 1931 in the Netherlands, the daughter of Jerry and Alice Boersma Heeringa. Sylvia immigrated with her family in 1947 to Sheboygan, WI. On April 8, 1954 she married Howard Montsma in Waupun. Following their marriage the couple resided near Delavan where they farmed. In 1968 they moved to the Waupun area and continued farming until 1992 at which time they moved into Waupun. Sylvia was employed at the Christian Home in Waupun in dietary for five years and Waupun Memorial Hospital for six years. She was a member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Waupun where she had taught Sunday school. Sylvia was also active with Central Wisconsin Christian Schools where she did volunteer work. Sylvia was a member of Fond du Lac County Homemaker’s Association. In 1979 she was selected as Waupun Chamber of Commerce Mother of the Year. She enjoyed flower gardening, crafts, baking, cooking and spending time with her grandchildren.

Sylvia is survived by three daughters, Elaine Kuiper of Plymouth, Bonnie Immel of Beaver Dam, and Debra (Scott) Van Buren of Waupun; four sons, Edward (Kathy) Montsma of Lamartine, Thomas (Ann) Montsma of Brandon, Ken Montsma of Brandon, and Jeff Montsma of Fond du Lac; 13 grandchildren, Christina Montsma, Wyatt Kuiper, Lee Kuiper, Kirk Van Buren, Andy Immel, Haley Montsma, Cory Starbird, Allison Montsma, Wesley Immel, Shawn Montsma, Nicole Van Buren, Kalen Montsma, and Gabrielle Montsma; five brothers, Henry (Alice) Heeringa of Waupun, Dick (Barb) Heeringa of Waupun, Sam (Barb) Heeringa of Parker, AZ, William (Jean) Heeringa of Mukwonago, and Richard (Nancy) Heeringa of Delavan; and a sister-in-law, Caroline Heeringa of Waupun.

Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Montsma; and two brothers, Norman Heeringa and Andrew Heeringa.[/leftcolumn]

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Services: [/highlight_text] Funeral services for Sylvia Montsma will be held Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Waupun with Rev. Jeff Brower officiating.

Burial will follow at Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun.

[highlight_text] Visitation:[highlight_text] Friends and relatives of Sylvia Montsma may call on the family on Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at the Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun and on Wednesday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.[/rightcolumn]

[full] [hr] The Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home of Waupun and staff are serving the family. [/full] [hr]



  1. Terry Heeringa Says: January 30, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Sorry to hear about Aunt Sylvia’s passing. She has always been special to me from the time I stayed with you all as a boy of 5 or 6. I’m afraid I won’t be able to come for the funeral but our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Your cousin, Terry Heeringa
    and family; Darla, Emily, and Rachel

  2. Marianne & Archie Nugteren Says: January 30, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Dear Family of Sylvia: We extend to all of you our sincere condolences with the passing of your dear mother, grandma, sister. She was a very dear friend and such a sweet lovely lady. May you all feel the Lord’s comforting presence through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Marianne and Archie Nugteren

  3. Ron and Pat Van Buren Says: January 31, 2012 at 4:20 am

    Deb and family, So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. May you feel God’s loving strength and heavenly comfort during this time. We will be praying for you and your family.
    Pat Lont Van Buren

  4. Melissa Smedema Says: January 31, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    After my own grandmother passed away Mrs. Montsma baked Christmas cookies for my family for years. It always felt like such an honor that someone else’s grandmother would take that time for us. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

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