Dora Syltie, 94

Dora Louise Syltie, 94, of Canby, died on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at the Sylvan Court Nursing Home in Canby.

Dora was born September 26, 1918, in Grandview To w n s h i p , Lyon County, a daughter of Charles and Louise (Benseart) Popelier. She attended school in Ivanhoe, graduating in 1936, and then continued her education at the Teacher's Training School of Ivanhoe. She began her teaching career in the Country School District #12 south of Ivanhoe, where she taught four years before teaching in District #54. In November, 1943, she married James Syltie at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe, and lived south of Porter until 1957. They moved to Canby, where she taught for 32 years. Dora received the Yellow Medicine County Teacher of the year award. She also received her B.S degree from Mankato State University. The couple remained in Canby during their retirement years. She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Canby, where she was an active member. She was also active in the American Cancer Society, MECCA house, school patrol, Holiday Rambler Campers and the Sons of Norway. Dora enjoyed playing cards, traveling and “getting all her chicks in a basket”.

She is survived by four children Pat (Allen) Solheid, New Prague, James (Kathy) Syltie, Sarasota, FL, Fletcher (LaVonne) Syltie, Appleton, and Winni Shanabrook, St. Paul; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brotherin- law Walter Syltie, Porter; sisters-in-law Agnes Johnson, Minneapolis, Jane (La- Verne) Dahlen, White Bear Lake, and Margaret Mc- Lellan, Edina; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband on July 21, 2009; her parents; two sisters and one brother. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:30 p.m., on Saturday, April 6, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Canby.

Burial will be at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery in Canby.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, with a prayer service at 7:30 and rosary to follow at the Birk Funeral Home in Canby.

There is no visitation prior to the service on Saturday.