Yvonne Styma, 82, of Posen passed away suddenly November 21, 2015 at Alpena Regional Medical Center.
The daughter of Martin and Anna (Matwiyoff) Zdybel was born on May 24, 1933 in Posen. After graduating from Posen she married Erwin Sr. on November 7, 1953 at St. Casimir Catholic Church where she was a lifelong member.
Yvonne was a devoted wife and loving mother to Erwin Sr. and their seven children. She dedicated the last 63 years of her life raising their family and building their family business, Styma Potato Farms. In partnership with her husband and later her sons she helped to evolve a small family farm into an extensive enterprise that grew, packaged and shipped truckloads of potatoes all across the Midwest and Eastern United States. Her exemplary organizational skills and out-going nature were a source of strength for her family and anyone who came in contact with her.
A multi-tasker by nature, she was capable of carving out time to enjoy with he family. In her younger years, she worked diligently to save and plan for vacations. Her love of sewing and needlework lead her to make tailor made clothing for her children. As a member of the small village of Posen she devoted several weeks each summer to planning and building a float for the Posen Potato Festival. When she did have down time, she enjoyed the views from her deck at their family cottage on Grand Lake. This spot in particular was where she loved to gather her family for fun-filled summer cookouts. She made every effort to welcome one and all. As her family continued to grow with the addition of grandchildren, these moments became even more precious to her.
Surviving are her husband Erwin Sr., 2 sons Randall (Jane) Styma, Erwin (Carey) Styma II both of Posen; 2 sisters Ann (Jason) Marsa of Sterling Heights, and Mary Styma Waner of Macomb; a brother Eugene (Norma) of Posen Zdybel; 18 grandchildren Joseph, Andrew, Rebecca, Matthew, Maria, Tania, Jeremy, Hailey, Benjamin Styma, Nicholas and Christopher Wagner, Jack and April Marsa, Erin and Daniel Campbell, Amy (Jason) Meller.
She was preceded in death by 3 children Dennis, William and Sandy; and a granddaughter Amber Styma; 2 brothers Leonard and Elden; 3 sisters Phyllis Strzelecki, Anita Jukiel, and Rosemary Zdybel.
Visitation will be Tuesday November 24, at Hentkowski Funeral Home in Rogers City, from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM. The Rosary will be recited by the Rosary Society at 6:45 PM followed by a parish prayer service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue Wednesday at St. Casimir Catholic Church from 10:00 AM until the 11:00 AM Funeral Mass with Father Arthur Duchnowicz officiating. Burial will be in St. Casimir Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to Hentkowskifuneral.com
Memorials are suggested to St. Casimir Catholic Church.