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“Sylvia Cathi and Marissa and family we are sorry about the passing of you mother and grandmother and great grandmother. Our thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Ron and Carol Bream - Bradenton, FL

“So sorry to hear of your mother's passing,Dave. We are thinking of you and Pat and kids. Gary and Kim ”
2 of 10 | Posted by: Gary & Kim Lumpa - Iowa City, IA

“Sylvia Smith and families, I was so sorry to hear of your moms passing!I didn't make it to the visitation or service as I just read about it today....Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Sandy Hora - Oxford, IA - Friend

“Sylvia and Family: I was sorry to hear of your mother's passing; but what a wonderfully long life!!! Great memories and stories are a legacy to...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Mary Ellen (Kohl) Pentland - IA

“To all of Sylvia's family, I (Barb) have many fond memories of being at the family farm when Sylvia Ann and I were in school. You all have our...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Jerry, Barb ( Isabel) & Doug Wood - IA

“So sorry to hear about Sylvia's passing. I took care of her at I.C. Rehab and I just loved her. She was a spit fire. I loved sitting down with her...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Brandy Krob

“To all the Pence and Hahn family I am sorry to hear of your loss. Keep all the good memories in your hearts forever. You will all be in my prayers....Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Dan Hayslett - Iowa City, IA

“Growing up I remember her great laugh and all the adventure things she loved to do. She was a hard worker, in the field and around the farm. Very...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Clarence Hahn - Castle Rock, CO

“What a gal! So full of life! She will always be remembered with a smile on her face and she always put one on mine. Go get em Sylvia. You always...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Ted Pence - Cedar Bluff, IA

“I'm so sorry for your loss. I remember your mom and how strong a woman she was. She had to be with all of us running around. May she rest in peace....Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Bruce Lovell - Gun Barrel City, TX


Sylvia F. Pence, 94, of rural Iowa City, died Monday, February 8, 2016 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m., Thursday at the Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City where visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will take place at Memory Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Sylvia's memory may be made to the Sylvia Pence Memorial Fund.

Sylvia Fern Tuttle was born December 22, 1921, in Cincinnati, Iowa; daughter of Jasper G. and Etta M. (Jones) Tuttle. After country school, she married William Hahn in July of 1937; William passed away in July of 1962. In 1963, Sylvia married Charles Pence Sr., who had passed away in 1990. She spent her life on the farm, raising twelve children, gardening and making sure no one ever went hungry; as she loved to cook for anyone who would visit. Sylvia's home was a place for gathering, where she always welcomed all visitors. Sylvia enjoyed time camping, fishing from the banks of the Cedar, bowling, stock car races, traveling to motocross events with her family, and watching bull riding with her grandkids during living room campouts on Friday nights. Throughout Sylvia's life she stayed very active and was always up for an adventure, one moment she was very proud of, was water skiing at the age of 75. She was a very proud and supporting mother and grandmother, who always enjoyed attending sporting and school events. She was also a member of the Moose Lodge and the North Liberty Saddle Club.

Her family includes her children, Wilma Lang and her husband, Alan of Central City; John Hahn and his wife, Pati of Riverside, Anna Marie Sleeth of Parnell, Sylvia Smith and her husband, Dean of Oxford, Dave Hahn and his wife, Pat of Iowa City, Vivian "Shorty" Hahn of Iowa City, Kenny Hahn and his wife, Cindy of Iowa City, Charlotte Hahn and her significant other, Frank Mesa of Iowa City, Bill Hahn and his wife, Cathy of Iowa City, Mary Hahn-Sexton of West Branch and Charlie Pence Jr. and his wife, Diana of Iowa City; as well as a large family of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; son, William T. "Butch" Hahn; three grandchildren; sister, Melba McEldery and brother, Glen Tuttle.