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 Sylvia Estelle <I>Graber</I> Fiske

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Sylvia Estelle Graber Fiske

  • Birth 22 Oct 1923 Glendive, Dawson County, Montana, USA
  • Death 20 Apr 2012 Bothell, King County, Washington, USA
  • Burial Richey, Dawson County, Montana, USA
  • Plot Section A Lot 105 - Graber Family Plot
  • Memorial ID 100463656

Abbreviated excerpt from Sylvia’s memorial service:

Sylvia’s parents were Swiss-German and active in the local Mennonite church. She had an older sister and brother who died at birth, and a younger brother, Jerome, born in 1931. To help support the family, Sylvia started working on neighboring farms when she was 13 and was only able to complete the eighth grade.

She married Eldon Deckert in 1941. But, shortly thereafter, he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and died while still a young man. Sylvia's first daughter was born in 1943, and by age 4 was living on the farm with Sylvia's parents while Sylvia was working as a waitress in Glendive. Sylvia later worked as a nurse's aide at the Northern Pacific Hospital in Glendive. She would often stop at the Northern Pacific Depot restaurant where, in 1950, she met John "Jack" Fiske.

John and Sylvia were married March 25, 1951 in Whitehall, MT. They lived in Circle, MT; Elgin, ND; Bismarck, ND; and Billings, MT. In April 1954 they moved to Seattle when John started working for Boeing. In Seattle, they attended Emmanuel Tabernacle Church, and later the Berean Bible Church. Her second daughter was born in 1955. The family moved to Lynnwood in 1958 and to North Seattle in 1961.

Sylvia's main focus was on being the best Christian, wife, mother, and homemaker she could be. She had quite a number of personal interests: thrift stores, baseball, searching with a metal detector, lighthouses, playing piano, barbershop conventions, motor home camping...

Unfortunately, Sylvia also suffered O.C.D. and depression for a major portion of her adult life. In 1984, she had surgery to remove a pineal region brain tumor. This left her with disabilities including frequent seizures and a great loss of vision. Yet, as her health deteriorated, she had a dream of writing and wrote a number of cute short stories. 'Patients in the Waiting Room' was published in February 2003 in a local newspaper. From 2002-2007, she wrote 51 articles for the Berean Body Builder newspaper under the heading of 'People Around Berean. '

Even with all that Sylvia went through, never once did she indicate that she felt her Lord was out of reach. Her trust in God was as solid as steel and she was always quick to acknowledge it. Her physical status was never strong, but the witness of her testimony always was. That is the single memory about Sylvia that her family will cherish above all others.


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  • Created by: Jim Simpson
  • Added: 10 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100463656
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sylvia Estelle Graber Fiske (22 Oct 1923–20 Apr 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100463656, citing Richey Cemetery, Richey, Dawson County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Jim Simpson (contributor 47762855) .