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Sylvia B. Walther  

Sylvia B. Walther

October 24, 1927 – February 2, 2014

Sylvia B. Walther, age 86, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 2, 2014, at the Millcroft Nursing Home, where she had been a resident.

Born and raised on the family farm in Bear, DE on October 24, 1927, Sylvia was a daughter of the late William H. Walther and Dora Thorp Walther. Her love of farming and agriculture was instilled at a young age, and she operated the vegetable stand on Walther Road for over 30 years.

Sylvia was a pillar in the 4-H community for the past 65 years and was a former leader of the Bear 4-H club. She was inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame and honored for the many lives she touched while volunteering her time and talents to the children she served. Sylvia was a longtime member of the 4-H Links, the Claymore Senior Center in Wilmington, and the Bear Ladies Club. She will be remembered for her independent spirit, impeccable work ethic, and gentle heart.

In addition to her parents, Sylvia was preceded in death by her sisters, Caroline Neal and May Proud. She is survived by her brother, William F. Walther of Bear, DE; sisters, Dora Edwards of Newark, DE, Wilma Gott of Newark, DE, Frances Rogers of Houston, TX, Ruth Scott of Newark, DE; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 12 Noon on Friday, February 7, 2014, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where friends may call from 10 am until 12 Noon. Interment  in Silverbrook Cemetery, Wilmington, DE, will be held privately and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Delaware 4 H Foundation, 113 Townsend Hall, 531 S. College Avenue, Newark, DE 19716 or to the St. Georges United Methodist Church P.O. Box 145 St. Georges, DE 19733 or to the Bear Ladies Club, contributions payable to and in care of Peggy Gam, President, 550 Howell School Rd., Bear, DE 19701.

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  1. Donna Cavender, February 4, 2014

    Miss Sylvia was my 4H leader many, many years ago and it was so nice being able to see her these last years as we worshiped together at St. Georges UMC on Sunday mornings. She was usually very quiet but when she did speak it was best if you paid attention because you would probably learn something. My prayers go out to her family at this time. Rest in peace Miss Sylvia I know God is is well pleased with the life you have led and the people you have touched.

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  2. Peg and Dean Belt, February 5, 2014

    Bill and family,
    What a loss to our 4-H Family and the whole community of New Castle County. Her many accomplishments and contributions to the youth will never be forgotten. Peg and I have so many great memories of her and of course Peg remembers the many pranks she played on her at camp. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Remember the memories forever. With loving thoughts, Dean and Peg

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  3. Alvenia Blankenship, February 6, 2014

    So sorry to read about Sylvia. She always came and helped with the Ham and Oyster Dinners at Salem United Methodist Church and also to the Senior :Luncheons there also. She was always very pleasant, we will surely miss her.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

    Alvenia Blankenship, Salem United Methodist Church

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  4. Larry Shaffer, February 6, 2014

    It has been a great honor to know Sylvia these many years. She is a legend in the Delaware 4-H community.

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  5. June Novack, February 6, 2014

    I will truly miss Sylvia she always made my day when I would stop and buy the vegetables from her and her brother. The highlight for me was sitting and chatting with her until another customer came along. My grandchildren always wanted to visit the chickens and check out the cows. Rest in Peace

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  6. Wayne & Donna Welch, February 6, 2014

    Dora and Wilma,
    Sorry to hear about your loss! I’m sure she will be missed!

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  7. Joel and Joanie Brodsky, February 7, 2014

    We send our deepest condolences to the Walther Family on the passing of your sister, Sylvia Walther. It was an honor to know Sylvia and to be a recipient of her many generosities. As “city-folk” who lived down the road for a year and a half, Sylvia introduced us to a world of farming, animal husbandry, fabulous home-grown strawberries, loving dogs, and electrified-wire fences! Sylvia has a special place in our hearts and memories. Knowing Sylvia enriched our lives in so many ways. The stories that we tell our grandchildren of Sylvia, and of our lives living next to the farm, make them laugh to this day. May her name always be a blessing to you, her family. In loving memory, Joel and Joanie Brodsky

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  8. Edward "Mike" Rush, Jr., February 7, 2014

    As a friend of Bill’s, I was sorry to hear of Sylvia’s passing. Please accept my most sincere condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Walther family.

    Sincerely,
    Edward “Mike” Rush, Jr.

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  9. Trebs Thompson, February 7, 2014

    I was so sorry to hear of Sylvia’s passing. She was a big part of all of our farming and 4-H lives. She was the tough, no nonsense, down to earth woman that they just don’t make anymore. I was disappointed to miss the service today and hope it found each of you well and in good spirits.

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  10. Dolores David Brown, February 7, 2014

    Frannie & Wilma……Sorry to hear of your loss. Brought back memories of Red Lion Church and days long gone.

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  11. Brian and Jenna Arisman, February 10, 2014

    Our deepest sympathy to Uncle Bill and the Walther family. Aunt Sylvia will be greatly missed. She has touched so many of our lives through 4-H. We have been to her farm for swine and feeder calf projects which not only enriched our lives in 4-H but has also influenced career decisions for the future. She will greatly missed by the 4-H community.

    Brian and Jenna Arisman & family and the NCC 4-H and Bear 4-H Sheep Clubs

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