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9/14/2017 7:24:00 AM
Sylvia J. Lundberg

Sylvia J. Lundberg, 74, of Rhinelander, passed away unexpectedly from a stroke Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital in Tomahawk. For the past five months, she was a resident at Riverview Golden Age Nursing Home in Tomahawk. She was born in Polar on Jan. 26, 1943 to Vada (Lambert) and Harvey Martin. Sylvia attended school in Rhinelander up to the 10th grade. She (15) then married Francis Lundberg (18) on Sept. 13, 1958. They were blessed with 50 years of marriage and basically raised each other and their two children. Sylvia was a dedicated wife, loving mother, and very engaged grandmother.

Sylvia is survived by her two children: Kim (Jackie) Lundberg of Flovilla, Ga. and Francy (Kyle) Zastrow of Rhinelander; and three grandchildren: Ryley Zastrow, Lawson Lundberg, and Layton Lundberg. She is further survived by her sister Rosalie Skinner of Rhinelander, brother Millard (Joyce) Martin of Delafield, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two sisters (Eleanor Peters and Elva Martin) , and two brothers (Monroe and Elmer Martin).

Sylvia worked hard her entire life and was picking potatoes at age 5. Area employers included Marplex, Jean's Lunch, Fenlon Hotel, Rhinelander Café & Pub. She also cleaned the Bump Clinic, Cirilli Law Office, Schiek Plaza, Northland Orthopedics, Ministry Health & St. Mary's Hospital. She also cleaned numerous private residences in and around Rhinelander. She also cared for her mother for 23 years whether living with her or having her move into her home for rehabilitation. She also provided care for several elderly people as a home health care giver in and around the Rhinelander and Minocqua areas. She had such compassion and empathy for the elderly, sick, less fortunate, and animals (especially dogs and birds) and it was that same unconditional love and affection she raised her children and cared for her husband when he was battling emphysema. Her work ethic and resilience were undeniable. At the age of 50, she went back and got her "high school equivalency."

Sylvia also had an incredible eye for detail and perfection, especially in her appearance. She was a fantastic cook and kept a spotless home. She also loved being outside tending her shrubs and flowers and took great pride in her yard. Her "green thumb" could bring a houseplant on the brink of death back to life by simply picking off the dead leaves and watering it - the whole time talking to it. She said that it was a living thing from God and she would do her utmost to keep it alive.

To those that knew her best, one of the qualities that made Sylvia so special was her ability to elicit infectious laughter. Her constant wit and playfulness made her known as the "jokester". She always looked like the innocent one yet when, in fact, she was the ring leader. This was especially true at "Riverview" nursing home. Not only did the staff have to deal with her mischievous ways, but her closests friends (Billie, Helen, and Gladys).

Carlson Funeral Home(715-369-1414) is handling the arrangements for the Lundberg family. You may leave your private condolences for the Lundberg family at

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Article comment by: Patricia Farb

Oh.....this makes me so sad! I truly enjoyed working with Sylvia. She really did have an infectious laugh and she did love to have fun!

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