Synthia Jean Osborne, age 57, of Brooklyn, Iowa, passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion, IL. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, March 12, 2014, Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn, with Rev. John Dodds officiating. Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. A memorial fund has been established.
Syndi is survived by her husband Terry Osborne; three sisters, Susan Thompson of Willow River, MN, Sherry Bixby (Bill) of Eden Prairie, MN, and Sally Sadler (Mike) of Eagle Grove, IA; her father-in-law, Dick Osborne of Brooklyn; a sister-in-law, Barb Hall (Cory) of Grinnell; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her mother-in-law, Betty Osborne.
Synthia Jean Thompson was born September 9, 1956 in Mason City, Iowa, the daughter of Harland and Betty Gehler Thompson. She graduated from Mason City Newman High School in 1974 and received a bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Clarke College in Dubuque. Syndi continued her education with graduate work in theology with Asbury Seminary and St. Paul’s School of Theology in Kansas City. She married Terry Osborne on June 23, 1979 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mason City, Iowa. The couple made their home in Brooklyn, Iowa.
Syndi held several employment positions throughout her life. She was an elementary teacher at St. John’s Grade School in Bancroft from 1978-79 and a special education teacher at BGM Schools from 79-80. She worked as a medical office assistant- receptionist for many years in the Grinnell area. She was an associate pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Brooklyn, a cook at Brooklyn Community Estate and most recently was employed at Brownell’s in Montezuma. Syndi was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Brooklyn. She enjoyed crafts and scrapbooking. She had an adventurous spirit and enjoyed para-sailing and sky diving. But most of all she cherished the time she spent with her family and friends.
Syndi never met a cat that she didn’t like and never was there a cat that didn’t like her.