Obit: Yurkovich, Sylvia (1916 - 2010)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: Yurkovich, Fabcic, Jelercic,
Sischo, Wolf, Morris, Anderson, Raik
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) April 14, 2010
Yurkovich, Sylvia (6 November 1916 - 10
Sylvia Yurkovich, 93, of Willard passed
away April 10, 1010, at the Clark County Health Care Center in
Owen, where she had been admitted April 8, 2010.
Sylvia was born Nov. 6, 1916, to Vincent
and Mary (Fabcic) Jelercic on the farm her parents bought in 1911
after emigrating from Yugoslavia nearly a century ago. Sylvia
was born, raised and lived her entire life on her family
farm. She was educated in the Willard area country schools
and married Valentine A. Yurkovich Dec. 7, 1946, in
Neillsville. After their marriage, Sylvia and her husband
took over the family farm. She continued to farm after the
death of her husband with her daughter, Bonnie, and her son and
daughter-in-law, Luke and Judy Yurkovich, until retiring at the age
Her family and dairy farming were her
greatest passions. She also enjoyed gardening, baking,
listening to her son Richie’s polka band and traveling with
her family to the central and western states, Hawaii and twice to
Europe, visiting relatives in Yugoslavia. Sylvia was known as
one of Willard’s best Slovenian bakers, especially her apple
strudel and potica. She could stretch the potica dough from
Willard to Greenwood and back without any holes in the dough, it
She was a member of the Slovene National
Benefit Society and the Slovenska Druzba Club.
Sylvia devoted her entire life to raising
her family and the farm. She will be remembered as a loving
wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Survivors include her children, Richard (Gabrielle) Yurkovich of Willard, Mary Jo (Dennis) Sischo of
Neillsville, Edward (Peggy) Yurkovich of Willard, Kitty (Dale) Wolf
of Loyal and Luke (Judy) Yurkovich of Willard. She is further
survived by her grandchildren, Aaron (Cheryl) Sischo, Lacey (Stephen) Morris, Amy Yurkovich, Mitch (Charissa) Yurkovich,
Kimberly (Michael) Anderson, Phil Yurkovich, Mike Wolf, Nate Wolf,
Caroline Wolf and Brenden Yurkovich; and her great-grandchildren,
Brady and Aiden Sischo, Parker, Kamdyn and Teagon Yurkovich and Zoe
She was preceded in death by her husband,
Valentine, Oct. 21, 1996; a daughter, Bonnie, March 4, 2010; a
sister, Mary Raik, in 1992 and her parents.
As Sylvia requested, there will be no
services, but a celebration of her life will be held at a later
Online condolences may be expressed at
Cuddie Funeral Home of Greenwood is assisting the family with arrangements.
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