Donna Symens, 83, Sheffield, died Jan. 28, 2021 at Mercy Medical Center in Mason City. Services were held Feb. 2 at First Reformed Church in Meservey, with burial at Hill- side Cemetery, Sheffield.
Donna was born Aug. 22, 1937, a twin daughter of Jesse and Esther (Pals) Suntken. She received her education in Pleasant Township country school and graduated in 1955 from Belmond High School. After high school she worked at P&G Grocery in Belmond.
In 1959 she married Ron Symens from Hansell. They farmed together in the Alexander and Meservey area. In 1980 they bought the Hovey family farm near Sheffield. Ron and Donna retired in 2014 and moved into Sheffield.
Over the years, Donna was employed by Schaffer Pullet Company in Latimer and United Bank and Trust in Sheffield. She was an active member of the Meservey Reformed Church where she taught Sunday school, Bible school, sang in the choir and was the secretary of the Reformed Church Women Ministries. She was an active volunteer at the Share Shoppe, and helped tend the flower garden at the Sheffield Care Center and library. She was a member of the Sheffield 500 Marathon group.
Her joys in life included spending time with her family, gardening, canning, and going on bus trips with her twin sister Madonna. She cherished her neighbors, friends and pizza group.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ron; daughter-in-law Lisa (Levitt) Symens; three brothers-in-law; and one sister- in-law.
Left to cherish her memory are her children Brian (Sue) Symens of Hampton, Linda Dippel of Belmond and Mark (Amy) Symens of Sheffield; grandchildren Elizabeth (Liz) Symens, Ben (Morgan) Symens, Nathan Dippel, Michael (Megan) Symens, Zach Symens, Spencer (Demi) Halloran, Reese Halloran and Mitchell Halloran; great-grandchildren Ren and Sloan Borcherding; sisters Madonna Neuberger and Janet (Derald) Pals; brother Jim (Dianna) Suntken; brother-in-law Muriel (Rosilyn) Symens; and sisters-in-law Rhoda (Ralph) Bender and Gene (Don) Royster.