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Bernice Elsie Sylling -- Spring Grove

SPRING GROVE -- The funeral for Bernice Elsie Sylling will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove, with the Rev. Robert Stoskopf officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Sylling, 88, of Spring Grove, a homemaker and teacher, died Wednesday (Dec. 10, 2003) at Tweeten Health Services in Spring Grove, where she had lived a short time.

Bernice Elsie Meister was born Dec. 13, 1914, near Windom, Minn., attended a rural school and graduated from Austin High School in 1930. After receiving a bachelor of science degree in home economics from the University of Minnesota in 1936, she taught in Spring Grove schools until her marriage. She married Leonard Sylling in 1938, and they farmed in the area. She later did substitute teaching, and in 1990, the school district honored her with the Citizen Recognition Award. Mrs. Sylling was active in Trinity Lutheran Church, Farm Bureau, Caledonia Rockets 4-H Club and Wilmington Switch Homemakers group. She was active in 4-H for most of her life, beginning at age 9, and in later years received the Minnesota Alumni 4-H Award.

Survivors include two sons, Gordon (Helen) of Ruidoso, N.M., and Warren of Mankato; a daughter, Barbara (Fred) Arnold of Caledonia; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother, Edgar (Shirley) Meister of Chadron, Neb. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1985 and four brothers.

Friends may call from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at Roble Funeral Home in Spring Grove and an hour before the service Friday at the church.

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Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove or Houston County 4-H program.

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