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Sylvia K. Trotter

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 11:34 a.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 8:21 a.m. CST

Sylvia Trotter, 98, died Sunday morning, Dec. 1, 2013, under the care of Skiff Hospice at Heritage Manor in Newton.  

A time of remembrances for Sylvia will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at the First Christian Church in Newton, conducted by Rev. Mark Young. A time of fellowship and visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church, and the burial will be in the Newton Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials have been designated in Sylvia’s name to First Christian Church or Skiff Hospice.  Pence-Reese Funeral Home in Newton has been entrusted with the arrangements.  

Sjoukje “Sylvia” Trotter, the daughter of George and Frederika (Schroor) Kalma, was born Feb. 15, 1915, in Bussum, Holland. In 1916, Sylvia and her family came to the United States, where she attended school. She was a lifelong resident of the Newton and Jasper County area.  

On Dec. 7, 1935, Sylvia was united in marriage with Jack Edward Trotter in Unionville, Mo. She devoted her life to her family and friends, and was a member of the First Christian Church. Over the years she was employed by Dunlop in Newton as a silk screener, and had also worked for the Maytag Dairy, and retiring from the Newton schools, having working in the lunch room.  

Those left to honor Sylvia’s memory include her daughter Arlene (Dick) Badger of Jefferson, Mo.; her sons: Larry (Barb) Trotter and Jack (Kathy) Trotter, all of Newton; her son-in-law Howard Shore; her 18 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; her brothers and sisters-in-law; many nieces and nephews; and friends.  

Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Jack on Oct. 29, 1998; her daughter Marlene Shoreher; two brothers, John Kalma and Richard Kalma; and her sister Ann Kalma Erwin.  

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