Sylvia D. Schuelke (Wirshels) departed the earthly world to join our Heavenly Father on Saturday, August 10th, 2013 after a long battle with diabetes. She passed peacefully with her four of her five sons at her side; John, Robert, Donald, and Scott with August Jr. enroute from Colorado.
Sylvia was born on December 3rd, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois. Sylvia stopped working at the age of 24 to raise a family and manage the household. She raised 5 boys, August William Jr., John Joseph, Robert Marc, Donald Anthony, and Scott David and in many people’s eyes she was a saint for raising 5 boys.
The Schuelke family relocated to Alaska in 1980 when her husband August, was assigned to the CRTC unit at Fort Greely. The family made Delta Junction their home in 1986 when August retired after 35 years of active duty military service. They owned and operated Delta Appliance and TV Service until 1996.
Sylvia was well known around the Delta community for her willingness to help those in need. She often volunteered her time at the church, including running the daycare at the Fort Greely Chapel. Her children remember her support of the Girl Scouts through the purchase of dozens of cookies every year, even though she did not have a daughter. She supported the Cub Scouts through the years by becoming a Den Mother and other scouting activities. She was integral to the NCO Wives Club at various posts where her husband was assigned.
She was known for her love of flowers and gardening. She often received comments and compliments about the beautiful flowers surrounding her home. The kids often gave her plants to nurse back to health with her “green thumb”.
Sylvia often devoted countless hours to sewing, including making clothes for her children. She also donated her sewing talent to the church by making “Barbie clothes” and donating them for raffle.
Sylvia was known for her affectionate nature, often hugging perfect strangers and encouraging them with a positive outlook and a smile. She never knew a stranger.
Her children have many stories to share that shaped and molded their lives and demeanor. She was influential in making sure they always “do the right thing”.
Sylvia is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Harriett Wirshels; her sister Aldonna; her husband August William Sr.; and her daughter. She is survived by her five sons, her brother Charles, Grand-daughter Christi, and Great Grandson Kdyn.