Obituary: Sylvia Maki, 81, of Scottville. 

December 28, 2020

Sylvia Maki

Obituary: Sylvia Maki, 81, of Scottville. 

Sylvia A. Maki, 81, of Scottville went to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, December 26, 2020. She was born August 3, 1939 in Newberry, to Henry and Trinnie (McAlpine) Maki. Sylvia attended Pratt Elementary School in Newberry, a one room schoolhouse, and later graduated from Sault Area High School. She married Richard L. Maki on August 25, 1956 in Newberry. They recently celebrated their 64th anniversary.  Together they raised three children. Due to Richard’s occupation, the family moved around a lot. They spent many years living in the Upper Peninsula, in Roscommon, and in 2004, Richard and Sylvia moved to Scottville to be closer to their daughter, Sharon.

Sylvia had many jobs. She worked for three different radio stations, WSOO, WSMM, and WSGW, where she was a clerk and ran the FM station. She was also the voice of many commercials. Sylvia worked at Montgomery Wards in Saginaw in the credit department and she was also an activities director at a nursing home. She also taught Sunday School for many years, and sang at the Pentland Township Hall as a little girl.  Most of all, Sylvia was a proud mother and home-maker. She loved to cook “real food” and she taught her children how to properly hang their clothes on the clothesline, and how to iron. She was a talented seamstress and could make anything. Sylvia also enjoyed knitting and crocheting. When she wasn’t busy with all that, she was a stamp collector, a Tole Painter, and she loved to read. But her favorite thing to do was to go fishing.  She and Dick spent many hours at Lake Superior fishing for Menominee and agates.  Over the years she collected dozens of Lake Superior agates.  Sylvia had compassion for all living things, but she especially loved her cats. Most of them lived into their twenties, and were real family members.

Sylvia was a very spiritual person. She and her family were members of WELS (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod). She was an active member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Scottville. She believed that her Lord had carried her many trying times with illnesses throughout her life, and that he had showered her with His amazing grace. She was blessed, and wished nothing more than that for her family to feel the same way.

Sylvia will be greatly missed by her husband, Richard of Scottville; her children, Richard (Stephanie) Maki Jr. and Sharon (Elmer) Spencer; her three grandchildren, her three great-grandchildren; her sisters, Sandra and Gail; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Sylvia was preceded in death by her daughter, Shirley Ilene, her siblings, Evelyn, Robert, Anna, and Linda.

A memorial service will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 409 Main Street on Tuesday, December 29 at 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions in Sylvia’s name may be directed to Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Oak Grove Funeral Home of Ludington, www.oakgroveludington.com.

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