Sylvia Irene Bednarz was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on March 26, 1935, to Edward Gordon Vincent and Viola Iona Longfield Vincent. She had two younger sisters, Dianne (Ray) Hansen and Jacqueline (Ralph) Pennington, both of whom she was proud to have named. As a child, Sylvia helped her father make windows. She would cut the glass and place them into frames. When she was 26 years old, she moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, and met a handsome Navy sailor by the name of Aloysius Edward Bednarz. They soon married and had two children, Duke Bednarz and Lisa (Cindy) Bednarz. After moving to San Diego she studied for and received her American Citizenship. She shared her love of music with her children and was very talented at playing the organ as well as singing. She enjoyed a variety of music and especially loved Elvis. After her husband passed away, she moved to Bellingham, Washington, to be closer to her family in British Columbia. She held many interesting jobs, including one typing reports for a criminal psychologist. She was a member of the American Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary for 40 years and was very giving to Veterans’ causes. While in Bellingham, she met her loving partner Larry Getz. After retirement, she and Larry spent many happy years in Apache Junction, Arizona, near Superstition Mountain. She always said she was drawn to that mountain like a magnet. Larry and Syl enjoyed biking around the retirement community, sitting on the porch and visiting with their neighbors. After Larry passed away, Sylvia moved to Utah to live with her daughter. She enjoyed trips to Wendover to play the slot machines, reading the tabloids, playing music and singing. With the early stages of dementia and her desire to be around people her own age she made Heart & Home Assisted Living in Centerville her new home where she lived for the last five years of her life. Her daughter took really great care of her through many medical issues. They shared a very special bond and loved each other very much.
Sylvia passed away from pneumonia on January 13, 2016, at Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful, Utah. She was surrounded by family and friends.
We would like to thank the Heart & Home Assisted Living Center in Centerville, Utah, for providing care and love to Sylvia. A special heartfelt thanks for the extra love and compassion given by Valarie, Mandy, Wylie, Kaitie and Carmen. You were family to Sylvia.
Per Sylvia's request, there will be no services.