Sylvia Dale, 93, of Harvey, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at the St. Aloisius Nursing Home in Harvey.
Sylvia was born Nov. 20, 1920, at Wildrose. She was the daughter of Gabriel and Malene (Orrestad) Sondersen. She grew up in Stanley and graduated from high school there. Sylvia enrolled at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in home economics. After graduating she taught in Minnesota for two years. Sylvia was united in marriage to Richard "Dick" Dale on Aug. 19, 1945, at Williston. They lived in Hunter where he taught school. They also lived in Carrington, Hunter and Mankato, Minn., where Dick held positions at Gambles Hardware Stores. They moved to Harvey in 1951 and owned the Gambles Hardware Store there, retiring in 1981. Sylvia taught home economics and English at the Anamoose High School for 10 years. They enjoyed spending 10 winters in Arizona.
Sylvia was a member of First Lutheran Church, its Bible study group and served in leadership roles in the Sunday school programs. She was also a member of and past president of the ELCW. Sylvia was member of the St. Aloisius Hospital Auxiliary for many years.
Sylvia is survived by: two sons and a daughter-in-law, Ronald Dale, Atlantic, Iowa, Douglas and Dawn Dale, Federal Way, Wash.; daughter and son-in-law, Valorie and Christopher Xenakis, Cortland, N.Y.; four grandsons, Paul Xenakis, Mark Xenakis, John Xenakis, Reid Dale; six stepgrandchildren; four nieces, Charlotte Lawson, Pauline Smith, Deloris Melby and Vickie Sondersen; nephew, Greg Sondersen.
Sylvia was preceded in death by: her parents; husband on Dec. 24, 2003; brother, Sigurd Sondersen; sister, Elma Matson; daughter-in-law, Marjorie Dale.
Funeral services: will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19, at First Lutheran Church, Harvey.
Burial: will be in Sunnyside Cemetery, Harvey.
Visitation will be today, Wednesday, from 2 to 7 p.m., at Hertz Funeral Home, Harvey.
Memorials are preferred to the First Lutheran Church TV Ministry.