Sylvia Delores Hickman, age 73, of Delano, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008 at her home.
She was born Oct. 10, 1934, in Litchfield, the daughter of Christ and Lillian (Kelm) Wendroth. Sylvia was baptized Nov. 18, 1934, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Litchfield; and confirmed in her faith Palm Sunday, 1948 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Eden Valley.
She received her education in Eden Valley, and was a graduate of the Eden Valley High School class of 1952.
Sylvia was united in marriage to Denzel Hickman Aug. 5, 1953, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Eden Valley. Their marriage was blessed with nine children, and they shared 54 years together as husband and wife.
Sylvia was a mother, homemaker, and devoted wife all of her life. She was an active member of Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford for over 40 years, where she loved singing in the choir and enjoyed serving her church as a member of the ladies aid.
She was also very active in local 4-H programs. In 1972, Sylvia organized the Franklin Friends 4-H club, which is still an active group today. Just this year, she received an award for 37 years of 4-H leadership.
Sylvia always planted a large garden, which she enjoyed sharing. She spent many hours playing cards with her family and friends. Her family was most important to her.
She is survived by her husband, Denzel of Delano; daughter-in-law Teresa (Klayton) Schumm of Buffalo; daughters Marie (Dan) Williamson of Dassel. Carol (Les) Reinhart of Buffalo, Kim Anderson of New York Mills, and Emma (Dan) Hanson of Delano; sons Turk (Vicki) Hickman of Buffalo, Dennis (Chris) Hickman of Watertown, Joe (April) Hickman of Montrose, and John (Amanda) Hickman of Corona, S.D.; 30 grandchildren: Tad Hickman, Kurt Schumm, Kyle Schumm, Kraig Schumm, Robert Wendler, James (Lisa) Wendler, Melinda Wendler, Mark Wendler (fiancée Becky Lockwood), Christina (Bryan) Klaphake, Lee Reinhart (fiancée Jessica Marquette), Lillian Reinhart, Jed Reinhart, Jolynn Anderson (special friend Adam Muscha), Annie Anderson, Kelsi Anderson, Mychelle Dexter, Niles Hickman, Neila Hickman, Jaylyn Hickman, Jerome Hickman, Tyler Hanson, Erin Hanson, Jacki Hanson, Josh Hickman, Cheyenne Hickman, Eli Hickman, Evan Hickman, Wyatt Hickman, Tucker Hickman, Seth Hickman; and 13 great-grandchildren: Andrew Wendler, Alicia Wendler, Matthew Wendler, Karissa Smalls, Kasari Rowe, Devon Wendler, Cory Wendler, Daniel Wendler, Dominick Wendler, Arianna Wendler, Carson Wendler and Ayden Muscha and baby Klaphake (expected any day).
Sylvia is further survived by her mother, Lillian Wendroth of Eden Valley; and six siblings: Art (Millie) Wendroth, Charles Wendroth, Jim (Karen) Wendroth, June Fisher, LuVern (Leon) Brebeck, and Chris Wendroth Jr.
She was preceded in death by her father, Christ Wendroth Sr.; son Clark Hickman; and granddaughter Whittney Hickman.
Funeral services took place Friday, Jan. 11 at the Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford with the Rev. Michael Barlow officiating. Interment was in the Elmwood Cemetery in Rockford.
Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.