Sylvia Augusta Helen Dummer, age 91, of Mayer, peacefully passed on to be with our Lord Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, at the Glencoe Regional Hospital. Her two sons, Neil and Dale, were at her bedside as she made her transition from this life to heaven.
A funeral service will take place Saturday, Nov. 21 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer, with Rev. Adam Gless as officiant, and with interment at Faith Rutz Lake Cemetery in Waconia. Visitation will take place one hour prior to service.
The service will be recorded for those unable to attend. A link to view the recording will be posted at www.johnsonfh.com, a few days following the service.
Sylvia was born in Waconia Township March 29, 1929, the daughter of Edwin and Ella (Gatz) Burandt. She was baptized April 14, 1929, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia
She was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church April 18, 1943, and her confirmation verse was John 3:16. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believed in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” She honored this verse throughout her life.
Sylvia was united in marriage to Raymond Dummer at Trinity Lutheran Church, Waconia, May 21, 1949, by Pastor Heyne. This marriage was blessed with a daughter, Linda, and two sons, Neil and Dale.
Sylvia had such an enthusiasm for life and a great love for her farm. She lived for her gardens and to work the land. Her green thumb was obvious with the many types of beautiful plants and flowers she planted throughout the farm, and in particular her outstanding gladiolas were Carver County Fair ribbon winners.
She also had a large vegetable garden, from which every year she stocked the root cellar. She canned everything she could, so the fruits of her labor could be enjoyed year-round. Ray used to say that Sylvia was not happy unless she had dirt under her fingernails from working outdoors.
She worked the farm side-by-side with Ray throughout the years, and knew how to run every piece of equipment on the farm. She was an active participant of every aspect of farming. Whether it was bottle feeding a young calf, or prepping for processing, she loved the animals they had. Feeding the birds and watching them was a source of daily delight for her. Together, Sylvia and Ray made a great team. She loved the farm, and being farm wife and mother.
If you stopped by, you could always expect a little “lunch,” because she always had homebaked goodies at the ready for her family and any unexpected guest who showed up. And perhaps a card game or two.
Never one to shy away from hard work, she raised her sons to be honest, hardworking, God-loving men. Her unwavering faith in God sustained her throughout her life in good times and in trying times. Sylvia was a wonderful mother and mother-in-law. We were blessed to have her in our lives.
She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren dearly, and cherished every chance she had to see them. Holiday get-togethers were the highlight of her year. Seeing her loved ones gathered together meant everything to her. She was a very loving grandma and always wanted the best for her grandchildren. She was grateful for her legacy.
Sylvia was preceded in death by infant daughter, Linda Kay Dummer; husband, Raymond Dummer; parents, Edwin and Ella Burandt; father-in-law and mother-in-law, August and Emma (Villnow) Dummer; sisters and brothers, Pearl Menden, Alvin Burandt, Margie Lenz, Dennis Burandt, Darlene Tesch, Melvin Burandt; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Irvin Menden, Lester Lenz, Harvey Tesch, Margaret Burandt, Flora Burandt, Bruce Kyes, John Kaufhold, Edwin and Lillian Dummer, and La Vern and Charles Best.
Sylvia is survived by her loving family, sons, Neil (Colleen) Dummer of Mayer, and Dale (Debbie) Dummer of Mayer; grandchildren, Michael (Heather) Dummer, Robert, Jeff and Jonathon Dummer; great-grandchildren, Kyle Dummer, Elizabeth and Eric Dummer, Gavin and Ellie Dummer, and step great-grandson, Miguel Gomez; brother and sisters, Larry (Joyce) Burandt of Lester Prairie, Diane Kyes of Bismarck, ND, Karen (Marcel) Gueningsman of Shakopee; sister-in-law, Annie Burandt of Texas; godchildren, Dori Duesterhoeft, Kristi Alberts, and Kenny Tesch; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
Serving as casket bearers will be Michael Dummer, Jeff Dummer, Jon Dummer, Kyle Dummer, Fred Lenz, and Roger Kern.
Arrangements are with Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, 952-442-2121, www.johnsonfh.com.