Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Obituary: Emery Sylvester

MIDDLETON - Emery Sylvester passed away peacefully five days after his 99th birthday. He was born April 21, 1911, in St. Joseph, Mo., son of Alfred M. and Effie Schroeder Sylvester. He graduated from Central High School in Madison, served in the CCCs and then worked for 41 years for the University of Wisconsin physics department. Emery married Edith Teams in North Carolina on June 18, 1941, and was the devoted father of Janet Sylvester Ahlquist, Carol (Dick) Horan, Mark (Janet Falkner) Sylvester and Susanne (Michael) Stanecki. After retiring in 1976, Emery enjoyed playing golf, often "shooting his age" into his late 80s. He played regularly to age 95. He bowled for many years with the University Faculty League. He was an avid Badgers football and basketball fan, Packers and Brewers fan. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, photography and little children. He had an uncanny ability to find four-leaf clovers in almost any patch of clover. Emery was a member of Divine Savior United Methodist Church. In addition to his loving wife of almost 69 years, and children, he is survived by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ellen and Jim Critton of Madison; sister, Violet McLane in Pennsylvania; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Harold; sister, Alice (Dr. William) Marquis; and an infant granddaughter, Laurie Horan. A visitation will be held at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison on Friday, April 30, 2010, at 10 a.m. followed by the funeral at 11 a.m. led by Pastor Chris Bethke. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park in Madison. In lieu of flowers, memorials to HospiceCare of Madison for their compassionate service to his family would be appreciated. Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on April 28, 2010

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