Sylvia Kaderman (1937 - 2018)

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    - Tina Barbour
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    - Linda Miller
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Sylvia passed away in her home on Jan. 23, 2018, surrounded by family. Born in Defuniak Springs, Fla., she married her husband, Bill (deceased), while still attending Walton High School. Despite her father's fears that the marriage would interfere with her education, she graduated with a high school diploma. She followed Bill across the U.S. and overseas to Germany during his Air Force career and they raised a family of three children: Tim, Rick and Deb. After being stationed in Alaska three times, Anchorage became their home.
Sylvia worked as a secretary at the old Elmendorf Hospital for many years. Her retirement was celebrated with the showing of a video in which she danced on top of the Command Surgeon's desk. Despite her genteel manner, she would often surprise with her mischievous side and wonderful sense of humor.
Sylvia was active with her church and within the community. She greatly enjoyed belonging to the Red Hat Ladies group and the Galloping Gourmet club. Her home was the gathering place for family and neighbors. She hosted many barbecues, holidays and get-togethers. Her southern traditions often involved food, like black eyed peas (Hoppin' John) and collard greens on New Year's Day.
She loved to read: her favorite genre, shockingly, was murder/espionage novels. She also liked to putter in her flower beds. She became a cat lover late in life and had many funny adventures while adjusting to feline behaviors, including her first encounter with a hairball which she mistook for a dead mouse.
During the summer months, she looked forward to her brother Dale (deceased) being her guest and cohort. He teasingly called her "old lightening" when she said she was going to "run in" somewhere. Together, they would go to Music in the Park, jam nights at Guido's Pizza and Irish jam sessions at McGinley's.
She was known to all as a generous and kind-hearted woman who never had a cross word for anyone. Her worst "swear" word was "gross." If anyone used stronger language, she would threaten to wash their mouth out with soap.
It was common for her to think of others before herself and she "adopted" many younger friends who needed a positive role model. Her acceptance and lack of judgment were a notable example of Christianity in the truest sense of the word. She continues to provide inspiration and is a wonderful reference for how one should treat others.
She will be missed by family and many, many, friends.
A memorial of her life will be held on Feb. 15, 2018, at 6:30 p.m., with reception to follow, at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 2311 Pembroke Street in Anchorage.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Feb. 11 to Feb. 12, 2018