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Thomas J. Sykora (Tom)

Tabor, SD

1933, 1789, Pactola, F-4 Member


Thomas J. Sykora, age 92, of Yuma, AZ died Friday, January 26, 2007.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 1, 2007 at St. George's Catholic Church in Scotland, SD with Rev. Mathew Vazhappilly officiating. Burial will be in the St. George Cemetery, Scotland, SD. Visitations will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at Kostel Funeral Home in Tabor, SD with a prayer service and rosary at 7 p.m. and will resume one hour prior to the funeral at the church on Wednesday. Arrangements have been entrusted to Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory, Tabor, SD.

Tom was born November 8, 1914 to Tom J. Sykora I and Agnes Zitka in Tabor, SD. As a young man he worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps in the Black Hills of South Dakota. He later married Albina Kozel in August of 1941 at St. George's Catholic Church in Scotland, SD. After their marriage they lived on a farm near Tabor. Albina later chose to reside in Sotland and Yankton. On July 5, 1998, his daughter, Sandra passed away. Tom continued to farm near Tabor until late 2002. Before Tom's death, he lived with his sons Thomas in Eagan, MN and Terry in Calexico, CA until the time of his death.

Tom's memory is cherished by his two sons, Terry Sykora and Milly Tham of Calexico, CA, Thomas Sykora of Eagan, MN; 7 grandchildren, Jackie Sykora, Tom (Kari) Sykora, Michael (Beth) Sykora, Sacha Sykora, Alex Sykora, Tina (Tim) Jensen, Bill Jensen; 6 great grandchildren, Craig Jensen, Dillion Logue, Justin Logue, Kassandra Jensen, Isabella Jensen and Diamond Aragon.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Sandra Jensen; a great granddaughter, Dominque Miranda and his former wife, Albina Sykora.

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