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Margaret Zylstra

August 3, 1913 September 24, 2011
Margaret Zylstra
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Obituary for Margaret Zylstra

Worthington, MN

     Margaret Zylstra, 98, was born on August 3, 1913 to parents Cornelius and Elizabeth (Dykstra) Groendyke. Her early childhood years were spent in the Bigelow and Ocheyedan area. She attended school in Osceola County, IA. Margaret married Joe Zylstra on June 30, 1936 in Bigelow, MN. After their marriage, they farmed near Ocheyedan until 1944. In 1948, they moved to Worthington from Currie, MN and farmed until their retirement. Margaret was a member of the American Reformed Church in Worthington. She enjoyed crafts, knitting, and loved her flowers. Margaret died on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at the Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD.
     Margaret is survived by five children, Clarence (Dianne) Zylstra of Marshall, MN, Corliss Zylstra of Washington DC, Ed (Shirley) Zylstra of Worthington, MN, Janice (Larry) Vanden Bosch of Dalton, GA, and Marvin Zylstra of Worthington, MN; five grandchildren, Troy (Pam) Vanden Bosch of Bentonville, AR, Joel Zylstra of Eagan, MN, Jennifer (Dana) Burleson of Brooklyn, NY, Sara Zylstra of Marshall, MN, and Lisa Zylstra of Crystal, MN; three great grandchildren, Kate Vanden Bosch, Nicholas Zylstra, and Timothy Vanden Bosch; one brother, John Groendyke of Worthington, MN, and one sister, Lucille Groendyke of Sibley, IA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe; one son, Robert; daughter-in-law, Barbara Zylstra; one infant son; one infant daughter; her parents; three brothers, Mike, Neal, and Edward, and three sisters, Minnie, Nellie, and Agnes.
     Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 10:00 a.m., at the American Reformed Church in Worthington, MN, with Rev. Irwin Van Leeuwen officiating. Casket bearers will be Keith Groendyke, Harold Vander Wilt, Scott Rose, Larry Vanden Bosch, Joan Johnson, and Tracy Cohoon. Margaret’s grandchildren will serve as honorary bearers. Burial will be in the Worthington Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington, MN.

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