Bertha “Bert” Sylvester, age 87, of Gaylord passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at Bayside Manor in Gaylord.
Celebration of Life will be Tuesday, May 31, 2022, 11:00 A.M. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord with interment in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be 10:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M. (one hour prior) to the service, ALL at Immanuel Lutheran Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Alzheimer’s Association, 7900 W 78th St, Edina, MN 55439; American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123; and the Ronald McDonald House, 818 Fulton St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414.
Bertha “Bert” Edna Sylvester was born on January 21, 1935, in Johnsonville Township, Redwood County, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Lawrence and Edna (Engstrom) Wille. Bert was baptized as an infant on March 31, 1935, and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth on March 21, 1948, both at Johnsonville Lutheran Church in Lucan, Minnesota. She received her education in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, and was a graduate of the Walnut Grove High School Class of 1952. Bert furthered her education at Union Hospital in New Ulm and graduated with her Practical Nurses Degree.
On July 2, 1955, Bert was united in marriage to Douglas Sylvester at Johnsonville Lutheran Church in Lucan, Minnesota. After their marriage, they were dairy farmers in Alfsborg Township, Sibley County, Minnesota. Bert and Doug were blessed with two daughters, Vickie and Mary. Bert was employed as a nurse at the Gaylord Hospital, Gaylord Clinic and in medical records at the Arlington Hospital, retiring in 2009. They shared 52 years of marriage when Doug passed away on January 17, 2008.
Bert was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord. She volunteered in the kitchen at Immanuel Lutheran School.
Bert enjoyed her family, gardening, dancing, crafts, embroidering, making Christmas stockings, quilting and jigsaw puzzles.
When she needed assistance with her daily care, Bert became a resident of Bayside Manor, formerly Oak Terrace Health Care, in Gaylord and passed away there on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at the age of 87 years. Blessed be her memory.
Bert is survived by her:
Daughters, Vickie Hanson and her husband, Alan of Mankato, MN, and
Mary Anderson Harris and her husband, Rodney of Lakeville, MN;
Grandchildren, Matthew Anderson and his wife, Alicia of Lakeville, MN, and Abby Kendrick and her husband, Cody of Elko New Market, MN;
Great-grandchildren, Kate and Finley Kendrick;
Sisters, Carol Hulke of Bloomington, MN, Marlene Rolloff and her husband, Elmer of New Ulm, MN, Shirley Hill of Palmer, AK;
Sister-in-law, Darla Wille of Tracy, MN;
Nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Bert was preceded in death by her Parents, Lawrence and Edna Wille; Husband, Douglas Sylvester; Son-in-law, Edward Anderson; Brother, Melvin Wille; Sister-in-law, Elaine Tomczak; Brothers-in-law, Ralph Hulke, Charlie Timons, Robert Hill, Edward Tomczak.
Kathy Ulrich says
my sympathies to the family and friends – I remember Bert well when she was a nurse at the clinic. Just like the picture above she had a great smile!
My deepest sympathies to all of you.
Angie Briest Orvick says
Sending my love and prayers of comfort to this wonderful family of Berts!
Carrie Jackson Trcka says
My deepest condolences to you all.
Theresa Wroge says
Our deepest sympathies to the family friends of Bert. I worked with Bert at the Arlington hospital. Lots of fun memories I will cherish.
E. Lei Amorim says
My heartfelt sympathies to the family. Sending prayers of comfort in memory of this beautiful lady!
Gerry Hildebrandt says
I was just thinking about Bert the other day and I was wondering where she was. I am so sorry for your loss. Bert went to nurses training while I worked in the dietary department in the Union Hospital and when she married Doug we spent some times together.
My deepest sympathy for one special lady.
Gerry and Don Hildebrandt
Janet Johnson says
I feel very lucky to have grown up knowing the Sylvester family. Bert was such an amazing person. My deepest sympathy to the family.
Diane Dietz says
My deepest sympathy at the passing of Bert. A caring person when worked in health care at clinic. May she RIP.
Diane Dietz says
My sympathy at the lost of Bert from her long illness. May good memories comfort you and comfort from our Lord.
Michael Piotter says
Always enjoyed working summers for Doug and Bert at the farm. Great family and neighbors.