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Sylvester J. WilleAge: 86 years19252011

Sylvester J. Wille
Given names
Sylvester J.
Birth May 23, 1925 33 34

Birth of a brotherCletus Leo Wille
September 19, 1926 (Age 15 months)

Death of a brotherCletus Leo Wille
September 1926 (Age 15 months)

Birth of a sisterGeorgina S. Wille
September 27, 1928 (Age 3 years)

Birth of a sisterGertrude R. Wille
August 22, 1930 (Age 5 years)

Death of a paternal grandfatherAnton Wille
June 3, 1934 (Age 9 years)

Death of a paternal grandmotherVeronika Ittensohn
January 21, 1947 (Age 21 years)

Death of a fatherWilliam J. (Bill) Wille
August 12, 1968 (Age 43 years)
Birth of a daughter
Eva Wille
September 4, 1968 (Age 43 years)

Death of a sisterClarissa J. Wille
May 19, 1970 (Age 44 years)

Death of a motherRegina Schaefers
July 20, 1973 (Age 48 years)

Death of a sisterGertrude R. Wille
August 31, 1988 (Age 63 years)

Death of a daughterEva Wille
October 23, 1996 (Age 71 years)

Death of a sisterCecilia Teresa Wille
February 3, 2002 (Age 76 years)

Garnavillo, Iowa

Death June 11, 2011 (Age 86 years)

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elder brother
3 years
elder sister
16 months
elder sister
2 years
3 years
younger sister
23 months
younger sister
Ruth E. Wille
Vincent Wille
elder sister
6 years
younger brother
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Darlene M. Ruzek
Tarry Wille


Sylvester Joseph Wille, 86, of Garnavillo, died Saturday, June 11, 2011, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

Visitation was Tuesday, June 14, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Garnavillo, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Wednesday, June 15, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Garnavillo, Rev. Marvin Bries conducted.

Interment was at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Garnavillo.

Sylvester was born the son of William and Regina (Schaefers) Wille on May 23, 1925, on the home farm between Guttenberg and Garnavillo.

Sylvester received his education from the St. Joseph Catholic School in Garnavillo. At age 14 Sylvester started his farming career which lasted 61 years until he retired at the age of 75. On Jan. 20, 1962, Sylvester married Darlene Ruzek at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Monona. They were later blessed with two children. When Sylvester wasn’t farming he made good use of his free time. He was a member of the Clayton County Farm Bureau for over 60 years. He was membership chairman for three successful membership campaigns. In 1968, Sylvester encouraged tourism through his Farm Vacation Project “Bar W. Ranch” and he headed the Clayton County Tourism Council. As Farm Bureau’s Local Affairs Chairman in 1971, Sylvester was instrumental in getting the Clayton Grain Terminal established in Clayton. Sylvester was a long time member of the Knights of Columbus and he and Darlene were both Lay Ministers for the Catholic Church. Sylvester was also Religious Education Teacher and taught confirmation students. He was treasurer of the Garnavillo Fire Company and was active in the Clayton County Democrats.

Sylvester will be forever cherished by his wife, Darlene; son, Terry (Cindy) Wille; four grandchildren, Elizabeth Zinckgraf, Caine, Chelsay and Jenny Wille; one great-grandson, Michael Sylvester Wille; four siblings, Paul Wille, Philomine Stewart, Ruth (Ed) Kiefer, Georgina (Lynn) Caslavka and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Sylvester was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Eva Regina Zinckgraf; three sisters, Clarissa McLane, Gertrude Clausing, Cecilia Wille; one brother in infancy; sister-in-law, Ve Wille; brothers-in-law, Dale Clausing, Loraine McLane and Don Stewart.

In lieu of flowers and all types of gifts memorials are preferred to be sent to either the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital Building Fund or the Garnavillo Historical Society.

Condolences may be left and a video tribute may be viewed at

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