Sijke Aaltje "Sylvia" Benthem

October 23, 1940March 30, 2018

Sijke Aaltje (Sylvia) Benthem, 77, of Monroe, passed away March 30, 2018, in Monroe.

She was born October 23, 1940, in Opende, Netherlands, to Hendrik and Derkje (Veenstra) Kielstra.

She attended lagere school (middle school) and then huishoud school (trade school). She married Jan Benthem in 1962. She, Jan, and the children moved to the United States in August 1980. Mrs Benthem was a homemaker and helped working on the dairy farm. She enjoyed gardening, knitting, crocheting and reading. She devoted much of her time and energy as a caregiver to her family. She is survived by her husband, Jan Benthem; her 4 children and their spouses, Dea and Wayne Prince, Jack and Kelly Benthem, Henry and Sonja Benthem, Erik and Susan Benthem; 14 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.


  • Memorial Service Friday, April 6, 2018

Sijke Aaltje "Sylvia" Benthem

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Errol Stepp

April 6, 2018

We first met Sylvia and Jan when Jack was about to become engaged to Kelly. She impressed us as a lovely and dignified lady who loved and cared for her family. Later meeting were always rewarding. We rejoiced in her Christian faith which is now so richly rewarded.