Obituary for Sylvia Solberg

With a sense of joy and celebration for a life of love and faith, the family of Sylvia Cordelia Solberg announces that she died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 104 at her home in Park View East, Northfield Retirement Community, Northfield, MN, on February 16, 2019. Family members were with her during her last week and when she died. Sylvia is lovingly remembered by her five children, Nancy (Paul) Haugsjaa of Acton Massachusetts, Jonathan (Laura) Solberg of New Brighton, Minnesota, Jane (Dennis) Rinehart of Northfield, Minnesota, Philip (Jill) Solberg of Sun City, Arizona, and Timothy (John Ansehl) […]

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With a sense of joy and celebration for a life of love and faith, the family of Sylvia Cordelia Solberg announces that she died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 104 at her home in Park View East, Northfield Retirement Community, Northfield, MN, on February 16, 2019. Family members were with her during her last week and when she died.

Sylvia is lovingly remembered by her five children, Nancy (Paul) Haugsjaa of Acton Massachusetts, Jonathan (Laura) Solberg of New Brighton, Minnesota, Jane (Dennis) Rinehart of Northfield, Minnesota, Philip (Jill) Solberg of Sun City, Arizona, and Timothy (John Ansehl) Solberg of St. Louis, Missouri; and her ten grandchildren, Erik, Kjeldy, Todd, Robert (Rob), Laura, Angeleen (Angel), Daniel, Sarah, Jennifer, and Matthew; as well as sixteen great-grandchildren, Ansel, Leander, Owen, Peter, Torin, Ben, Meghan, Annie, Samantha, Magdalene (Maggie), Griffin, Sydnee, Silas, Veda, Rocco and Ivy. Sylvia is also held dear by her nieces and nephews.

Sylvia was born January 11, 1915, in Holloway, MN, the oldest daughter of George and Maria (Mamie Fischer) Klemenhagen. She grew up in Makoti, ND, and as a young woman worked as a secretary in the new Statehouse in Bismarck, ND, and then at Gamble Robinson Co. in Minot, ND. She married Jerrald Solberg in December 1941, and cared for their first two children while Jerry served in the Philippines during WW II. After the war they moved to Heimdal, ND for several years and then to Fergus Falls, MN, where they raised their family. In 1966 they moved to Austin, MN, and after Jerry died in 1986, Sylvia lived in Sun City, AZ. She moved to the Northfield Retirement Community in July, 2005.

Sylvia began playing organ at her church in Makoti at age 12, and was the organist at churches she attended in Minot, Fergus Falls, and Austin. After retirement she continued as a substitute organist into her 90’s, until her sight began to fail. She also worked as a recreational and music therapist in the Fergus Falls State Hospital and at Burr Oak Manor in Austin. She enjoyed crossword puzzles until her eyes gave out, and loved playing Scrabble. We think heaven has a new Scrabble champion! She radiated kindness, and was able to connect with people even as her eyesight and hearing failed. She was a humble woman of deep faith and devotion.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00P.M., Friday, March 22, 2019, at the Chapel of the Northfield Retirement Community. Visitation will begin at 1:00P.M.  Interment will be this spring in Hillside Cemetery, Fessenden, North Dakota.

Memorials may be sent to ELCA World Hunger, Global Health Ministries of Minneapolis, the Northfield Retirement Community Spiritual Life Endowment Fund, or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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Funeral

March 22, 2019 - 2:00 PM


Visitation One Hour Before Service
Northfield Retirement Community Chapel
900 Cannon Valley Dr W Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

6 Comments

  1. Dena jensen eggum

    I had the chance to meet Sylvia and dine with her at Parkview she was a kind women I feel blessed to have meet her.

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  2. Elaine Alatalo in Helsinki

    Sounds like a wonderful person. And Sylvia’s care must have been excellent by everyone to live to 104!

    I didn’t have the privilege of knowing Sylvia, but read her obituary and felt the urge to respond.

    Wishing blessings for everyong at Sylvia’s memorial.

    Elaine, American in Finland

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  3. Judy Ankeny Asper

    Our Sympathy to your family. Sylvia was a great neighbor and friend to my parents. We all have fond memories of her….a beautiful Christian woman!

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  4. Maxine Gadson

    So sorry for your loss. May the scriptures at John 5:28,29 and Acts 24:15 bring hope and comfort.

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  5. Tim Garry

    Sylvia was a wonderful person. Unbelievably patient with the on-going backyard invasions of the Garry family. She never missed a Christmas delivering a big box of chocolates. Jerry and Sylvia were blessings to the Garry family. Tim

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    • Jane Rinehart

      Tim, Thank you for your comment. Sylvia recently told me a story of how you once helped her shovel her driveway when she needed to get to the airport. I think she said you also drove her there. She really appreciated that you were there and ready to help when she needed assistance. I think she enjoyed the “backyard invasions,” as it likely reminded her of raising her own family.
      Jane Solberg Rinehart

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