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 April 2010) 

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 of 88. 

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 seemed. 

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 Morris. 

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 date. 

Online condolences may be expressed at  

Cuddie Funeral Home of Greenwood is assisting the family with arrangements. 



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