Sylvia Sophie Turbett, age 80, of Gaylord, passed away Monday, July 15, 2019, at The Lutheran Home of Belle Plaine.
Sylvia was born March 13, 1939, in Bergen Township, McLeod County, the daughter of John and Lillian (Ristow) Hoof. She was baptized as an infant, and was later confirmed in her faith.
Sylvia received her education in Lester Prairie, and was a graduate of the Lester Prairie High School class of 1957.
Sylvia was united in marriage to Lynn Turbett April 18, 1959, at Frieden’s United Church of Christ near Norwood Young America. The couple resided in Gaylord, where Sylvia was employed by the Gaylord Public School, and Oak Terrace as a dietary aid in the kitchens.
The couple was blessed with three children, and shared 51 years of marriage before Lynn passed away Nov. 6, 2010.
A member of the United Church of Christ in Gaylord, Sylvia taught Sunday school and was a member of the Ladies Aid. She was also a member of the Sibley County Extension Group, served as a Girl Scout leader, a camp counselor at Pilgrim Point, and attended the women’s Bible study group.
She had many joys: reading, gardening, her flowers, music, cooking, baking and traveling. The farthest travel brought her to Brazil to visit Vitoria.
The greatest gift she gave was to the American Red Cross, which she did religiously. She was always ready to meet up with her friends, coworkers, classmates, and relatives for any type of gathering.
Sylvia cherished the time she spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had a great love and care for her family and friends.
Sylvia lived a life filled with the spirit of Christ, and carried this to her final days; knowing the power of His love brought her peace.
When she needed assistance with her daily care, Sylvia became a resident of Auburn Meadows in Waconia, and then The Lutheran Home of Belle Plaine.
She is survived by her children: Lynette Fokken of Canby, Kay Sonnicksen and her husband, Duane of Winnebago, and Perry Turbett and his fiancée, Josie Nyberg of Mound; grandchildren Jessica Menk and her husband, Brian; Michael Fokken and his wife, Tina; Andrew Fokken, Joshua Fokken, Sara Sonnicksen, Brian Turbett and his wife, Stephanie; Katie Trejo and her husband, Pedro; and Jamie Reimer and her husband, Larry; and great-grandchildren Brock, Rebecca and Cayden Reimer, Elias and Evan Garcia, Victoria, Daniel and Lilyana Trejo, Bentley, Ava, Erich and Noah Fokken, and Sophia Turbett, Zoe and Kendra Rickheim, and Emma Sonnicksen.
She is further survived by sisters, Mavis Schuette of Plato, and Charlotte Tudor and her husband, Reggie of Columbia, TX; brothers, Hilbert Hoof and his wife, Joyce of Norwood Young America, and Orlin Hoof of Crivitz, WI; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents, John and Lillian Hoof; husband, Lynn Turbett; brothers, Ervin Hoof, Myron (Jean) Hoof; half-sister, Lillian Hoof; sister-in-law Donna Hoof; and brother-in-law, Donald Schuette.
A memorial service took place Friday, July 19 at 2 p.m.. at the United Church of Christ in Gaylord, with interment in Ferguson Cemetery, rural Norwood Young America, at a later date. The Rev. Dr. Dennis McGee officiated at the service, and the organist was Sandy Wentzloff. Soloist Shannon Hruska performed “Jealous of the Angels,” and “I Can Only Imagine.” Congregational hymns were “Here I Am, Lord,” “Borning Cry,” and “On Eagle’s Wings.”
Sylvia’s grandchildren were her urn bearers.
Arrangements were with the Egesdal Funeral Home in Gaylord. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com; click on obituaries and guest book.