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Sylvia Jean Rydahl, age 77, of Greenville, passed away Saturday morning, December 21, 2013 at her home. The daughter of Cleo & Blanche (Johnston) Hall, she was born on April 7, 1936 in Greenville. On October 7, 1961, at the South Sidney Church, she married Norman Carl Rydahl and together they enjoyed over 42 years of marriage and raised two children.

Over the years, Sylvia had worked for The Daily News, Printco, and Meijer until her retirement. She was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Cleveland-Wolverton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3794 in Greenville, having served as president and holding several other offices as well.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Norman C. Rydahl on April 27, 2004; and a brother, Randy Hall in 2006.

Surviving are her children, Jean Marie Rydahl of Visalia, California, and Thomas & Nicole Rydahl of Greenville ; three sisters, Debbie Hall of Grand Rapids, Diane Moffett of Greenville, and Jeanette & Orval Cooper of Evart; siblings-in-law, Marion Wood of Essexville and Harold & Joyce Rydahl of Greenville; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. today (Thursday) at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday. The Rev. Ken Harger, retired pastor of Shiloh Community Church, will officiate and burial will take place privately at East Montcalm Cemetery.

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  1. Anonymous on December 21, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Posted by: Tony Trujillo

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family, especially my loving friend, Jean.

    Posted by: samantha C

    This is a poem that someone shared with me many years ago when I lost someone very special to me
    I would like to share with all…….

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you……

    When I have come to the end of my road and the sun has set for me,
    I want no rites in a gloom filled room.
    Why cry for a soul set free.

    Miss me a little… but not to long and not with your head bowed low.

    Remember the love we shared. Miss me….but let me go.

    For this is a journey that we all must travel, and each must go alone.

    Its all a part of the masters plan.. A step on the road to home.

    When you are lonely and sick of heart.
    Go to the friends we know.

    bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
    Miss me… but let me go.

    Posted by: Kathy lanning(Vansconis)

    You will be sadly missed by many! May you rest in peace!!

    Posted by: Darla Snoke

    Jean my thoughts and deepest sympathies are with you and your family during this difficult time. If you should need anything were all here for you – Always.

    Posted by: Summer S
    My condolences to the Rydahl family during this time, I have you in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Posted by: Melinda Snipes

    Jean our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with you in this time of sorrow. I will be praying for you and your family. I am sending you all a huge hug and I am here if you need anything. Melinda & Milan Fairfield

    Posted by: Yolanda

    Jean, I feel your sadness.
    Oh how I wish I can take away your tears.
    You are truly one incredible person loved by many who has been through so much in all these years.My dearest Jean much heartbreak comes your way. I wish I could take some of your sadness and share part of your deep pain…wish I can just come right over and tell you that time alone and time with others who you trust and will listen when you need to talk is beneficial. It may take months or years to feel and understand your feelings.
    I wish I can just do something, anything or just hold you tight if that will help.I know you just want to be alone right now to try and make sense of what’s going on and to try and answer the many ‘why’ questions and how to ever move on.I hope you will eventually find some comfort in knowing that you did your best. But there was nothing that you could’ve done. Now as your mom lays to rest.I’m sure your mom knows how much she was loved by you. Your mom had the best daughter in the whole wide world. I know that no one can take away your suffering or even really feel your pain but I want you to know that I’m here for you..

    Posted by: Rachel Chapman

    Jean, my heart goes out to you and your family during this most difficult time.

    Posted by: Candace Larkin

    Sylvia was our neighbor on County Farm Road and we owned Maltese dogs who had been litter mates. We always appreciated her cheerfulness, even when facing health issues, and I loved the way her hair always looked like she just left the beauty parlor. What a nice lady!

    Posted by: roberta swidersky

    Dearest Debbie,
    May your sister Sylvia’s light forever warm your heart. With my deepest sympathy. Roberta


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