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Sylvia Ann Saunders

June 2, 1935 — February 18, 2023

Sylvia Ann, daughter of Bill and Edna (Brus) Lohrmann, was born June 2, 1935, in Manilla, Iowa. Her siblings included Robert and Ronnie Lohrmann. Sylvia attended country school through the 7th grade. In 8th grade she started attending school in town and graduated from Manilla High School in 1953. Sylvia went on to pursue cosmetology schooling in Des Moines. Upon returning home she worked at a beauty shop in Denison before opening her own beauty shop in Manning. She was a very talented beautician.

On September 25, 1955, Sylvia was united in marriage with Richard "Dick" Saunders at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manilla. They had one son, Robert "Bob" Saunders, in 1956. Sylvia and Dick farmed southwest of Manilla. In 1998, they moved into their new home in Manilla.

Sylvia was confirmed at the age of fourteen at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manilla. She was very active in the church her entire life, serving as Ladies Guild President and other duties throughout her life. Sylvia helped with serving many meals at the church and funeral luncheons. She was also an active member of Better Homes and Gardens Club in Manilla.

Sylvia's greatest joy was serving others, especially with her delicious cooking and cooking for the farm help. Her famous dishes were pickles, deviled eggs, potato salad, homemade bread, sweet rolls, angel food cake, cookies, and so many others. She enjoyed entertaining others, hosting friends in her home, housework, gardening, helping at the church, bowling, playing cards, fishing with her grandsons, and talking about her family. She was very proud of her family. Sylvia cherished the time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

On February 18, 2023, Sylvia passed away at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll at the age of eighty-seven years.

Sylvia is preceded in death by her parents Bill and Edna (Brus) Lohrmann and a brother Robert Lohrmann.

She is survived by her husband Richard Saunders of Manilla; son Robert (Lisa) Saunders of Carroll; brother Ronnie (Gloria) Lohrmann of Manilla; grandsons: Brett (Jessica) Saunders of Manilla, Scott (Morgan) Saunders of Manilla, Tom (Nikki) Saunders of Manilla; six great grandkids: Ileene, Clara, Millie, William, Jozlyn and Oliver; as well as, several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Manilla, Iowa with Reverend Robert Riggert, Officiating.

Congregational Hymns "In The Garden", "How Great Thou Art"and "What A Friend We Have In Jesus" Carolyn Kerkhoff, Organist.

Casket Bearers were Sylvia's Grandsons & Their Wives Brett & Jessica Saunders, Scott & Morgan Saunders and Tom & Nikki Saunders.

Burial at Nishnabotna Cemetery, Manilla, Iowa.

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Visitation

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Trinity Lutheran Church-Manilla

639 3rd Ave, Manilla, IA 51454

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Trinity Lutheran Church-Manilla

639 3rd Ave, Manilla, IA 51454

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