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Jonna Cook06/30/2012
Jonna Joy (Cook) Sytsma age 75 of Knoxville, Iowa passed away at West Ridge Nursing and
Rehabilitation Center in Knoxville on Saturday, June 30, 2012.

Jonna was born July 14, 1935 in Harvey, Iowa the daughter of Charles Edward and
Pauline Louella (Harsin) Cook. Jonna was a graduate of Knoxville High School. After
high school she attended and graduated from the Ottumwa Beauty Academy.

In 1953 in Oskaloosa, Iowa Jonna was united in marriage to Eugene Ray Sytsma. They
were blessed with 47 years of marriage and two children Charles and Nancy. Gene
died in 1990.

Jonna was a beautician all her life. She worked for few years at Spurgeon’s Beauty
Salon and later sold Avon and operated her own beauty salon

She enjoyed making crafts with her children, cooking, vacationing along the Des
Moines River near Tracy. She especially enjoyed and helped raising her grandchildren.

Jonna is survived by her children Charles “Chuck” Sytsma of Knoxville and Nancy
Briggs and husband Paul of Knoxville; five grandchildren Ashley (Josh) Klinehands,
Leslie Briggs, Zach Sytsma, Dan Briggs and Jamie Briggs. She is also survived by
her sister Judy.

Jonna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Gene; one son in infancy Michael Charles Sytsma; and one brother Charles Cook.

Jonna has been cremated per her wishes and Jonna’s family will be greeting friends
from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday, July 9, 2012, at the Winfield Funeral Home of Knoxville.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to Jonna’s family.

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