Sylvia Ann Weaver, 95

Sylvia Ann Horak Weaver was born to Charles Frederick and Elsie Alzina Nemec Horak on August 9, 1923 in rural Munden, Kansas on a farm, three miles south and one and a half miles west on the Munden Road. She was the oldest daughter of six children. She passed away on February 25, 2019 in ISB, former LTC, at Republic County Hospital, Belleville, Kansas at the age of 95 years 6 months and 16 days. Sylvia attended Mt. Erie, a one room county school, through the eighth grade. She attended her freshman year at Agenda High School. She stayed with her uncle and aunt, Bill and Clara Horak, and worked for room and board due to her aunt's failing health. She then attended Munden High School for the next three years and graduated high school in 1941.
Sylvia was a resident of Belleville, Kansas since 1941 when she was hired as a receptionist for Republic County Agent, H. J. Henry Adam. She had several jobs. She worked in the Appraiser's Office as a city appraiser's clerk. She was responsible for a zone of the city and went house to house to record the type of house and its contents; the number and types of rooms; and if they owned a stove, refrigerator, television, etc. She also worked in the Republic County Treasurer's Office in the courthouse. She was hired by Clifford Makalous, president of The First National Bank and worked as a teller for over 35 years.
Sylvia met and was courted by Raymond Weaver. Raymond said Sylvia caught his eye when she walked from her office in the post office to her apartment. He was working at the Skelly Filling Station on the corner at that time. They were finally introduced to each other at the Blair Movie Theater. They were married on April 18, 1942 and celebrated 70 years of marriage in 2012. To this union two children were born Karen S. (Weaver) Clark, Belleville, Kansas and Charles (Chuck) A. Weaver, Abilene, Kansas.
Sylvia lived a life marked by joy, generosity, leadership and service to her family, church and community. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Munden and transferred to the First United Methodist Church in Belleville. She served on numerous committees, past president of UMW, one of the three women that created and operated the famous Methodist Church Food Stand at the North Central Kansas Free Fair. Her public service to her community is to numerous to recount, but included the Republic County Hospital, nursing home activities, parent teacher association, bible school, church circles, charitable fundraising enterprises, a charter member of Relay for Life, Mother Advisor of Rainbow for the Girls of Republic County and a proud member of The Republic County Czech Club honoring her heritage. She was a 75 year plus member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She received many state appointments. She was appointed to the star point station Grand Martha of the Grand Chapter of Kansas, Order of the Eastern Star by her sister, Marcie Holloway, Worthy Grand Matron. She was also appointed Special Page of the Grand Chapter of Kansas, Order of the Eastern Star by her daughter, Karen S. Clark, Worthy Grand Matron. She served locally in Ophel Chapter #115 in many offices including Worthy Matron four times and was secretary for seventeen years.
Sylvia was a charter member of Stardust Study Club where she served all of the offices. She and Raymond enjoyed playing cards and belonged to two local card clubs. Sylvia loved to be surrounded by and spend time with her family and friends. She enjoyed attending her children, grandchildren and great grandchindren's activites and sporting events. One of her greatest joys was entertaining. She was in her element of glory decorating and celebrating all of the holidays. She had a special gift of designing and decorating various cakes. She loved to make people happy by sharing her talent. Her artistic abilities shined in many different types from birthday, graduation, baby shower, bridal shower, bachelor party, wedding, anniversary and funny gag cakes. She made well over a thousand cakes and wished she had kept a more accurate count. She taught her daughter and granddaughters how to decorate cakes and they continue to share Sylvia's love of cake decorating with others.
Sylvia is survived by her children: Karen S. (Ray) Clark, Belleville, Kansas; Charles A. (Marsha) Weaver, Abilene, Kansas. Grandchildren Nicole LeAnn Clark, Concordia, Kansas; Kelly (Weaver) Lair, Kennedale, Texas; Aaron (Rachel) Weaver, Atchinson, Kansas; Amber Ann Weaver, Lewisville, Texas. Great Grandchildren Jacob and Kyle Palmquist, Concordia, Kansas; Amanda Lair, Kennedale, Texas and Connor, Noah and Mason Weaver, Atchinson, Kansas, many relatives and friends.
Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Elsie (Nemec) Horak, Munden, Kansas; sister Judy (Horak) Smith, San Diego, California; brother John Horak, Norton, Kansas; grandson Brent Clark, Belleville, Kansas; grandson-in-law Christian Lair, Kennedale, Texas; brothers-in-law Ben Holloway, Narka, Kansas and Glen (Pete) Eickmann, Topeka, Kansas and brother and sister in law Max and Betty (Weaver) Krummel, Belleville, Kansas.
Funeral services will be held at 2pm, Saturday, March 9, 2019, First United Methodist Church, 2013 Main Street, Belleville, Kansas. Conducted by Pastor Emily Meckley. Interment will be at the Belleville Cemetery, Belleville, Kansas. Order of the Eastern Star Services by Clay Center Chapter #180. Memorial contributions may be made to the Golden Bell Haven or the First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund. Online condolences and information at @www.bachelor-surber.com. Friends may call on Friday, March 8, 2019 from 1 PM to 8 PM at Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, KS. Bachelor Surber Funeral Home, 1322 19th Street, Belleville, Kansas are in charge of the arrangements.

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