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Obituary for Sylvia Clara Limpert


Sylvia Clara Limpert passed away peacefully on March 22, 2023 at Toronto Western Hospital, supported by her family. Pre-deceased by her much-loved husband Phil, her parents Ted and Clara Klages, her brother, the Reverend Cecil Klages, her sister and brother-in-law Leona and Bob Mackie, and her sister Ruth Bryans. She is survived by her children Jane (Rick), Nancy (John) and Brad (Ann). She will be missed by her grandchildren Joseph (Holly), David, Melissa, Daniel, Josh and Noah, and her great grandson, Reegan. She is also mourned by her sister-in-law Clara Klages, and her brother-in-law, Vincent Bryans, and many nieces and nephews. She was particularly close to her nieces, Lynda, Lois (Rob) and Carol (Jim).

Sylvia grew up on a farm and enjoyed spending time in the fields and barns with her father. Going to church events and ice cream socials with her family and friends were an important part of her childhood.

She moved to Toronto as a teenager, taking programs in dress design and secretarial studies. After starting their careers in Toronto, Phil and Sylvia married in 1954 and moved to Richmond Hill, Ontario, to raise their family. Sylvia was a founding and life-long member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Richmond Hill. At the Church, Sylvia was active as a Sunday School teacher, Youth Group Leader, with the Lutheran Church Women (LCW), on the Church Council, and in many other ways. The Church was a priority in her life. Thanks to Rev. Annette Smith who provided pastoral care for Sylvia and the family.

Sylvia was also active in the Girl Guides of Canada. She was leader at all levels of the Guides, serving as District Commissioner for a number of years.

Sylvia loved getting together with family and friends, and hosted many Christmas, New Year’s, Thanksgiving and Easter parties. She also enjoyed hosting family and friends in Florida, and at the cottage at Lake of Bays. She delighted in travel, with trips to England, Scotland, Paris, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, the Arctic and Germany among highlights. She also enjoyed sewing, mystery novels, writing, and was a big fan of the Raptors.

After Phil passed away, she was fond of the company of the “golden girls”, including her dear friends Rada and the late Barbara Barth, with lots of euchre, board games and take-out Chinese food.

In her last two years she lived at Kensington Gardens long-term care home in Toronto. There, she felt that she was “treated like a queen”, and appreciated all the love, support and care provided by the staff. Special thanks to her night nurse, Judy. In her last 3 months, she received great care at a number of downtown hospitals: St. Michael’s, Princess Margaret, Mt. Sinai, Toronto General and Toronto Western.

Donations may be made to the Canadian Alzheimer’s Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. A funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 10131 Bayview Ave, Richmond Hill at 11 AM on Saturday, April 22. Visitation at Marshall Funeral Home, 10366 Yonge Street Richmond Hill, on April 20th and 21st, 6-8 PM.