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Sylvia A. (Kodada) Niebur


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Sylvia A. (Kodada) Niebur Obituary
Sylvia A. (Kodada) Niebur, 79, of Akron, Colorado, passed away at the
Washington County Nursing Home in Akron, Colorado, on April 22, 2015,
after a lengthy battle with renal cell cancer. Sylvia was born on
November 26, 1935, at home in Lonsdale, Minnesota, to Thomas and
Adela Kodada. She was raised in Lonsdale graduating from New Prague
High School.
Sylvia became pen pals with Kenny Niebur while he was serving in the
army. After his tour was over, they finally met. Kenny decided that
800 plus miles was too far for a date and on November 20, 1954, they
were married in Lonsdale, Minnesota, and then began their life 34
miles southeast of Akron on the family homestead where Sylvia resided
until the last six months. Born to their union were six
children--Cathay Marie, Susan Ann, Anthony Thomas, Thomas Kenneth,
Rita Kay, and Mona Lee Marie.
Sylvia had a strong faith and a deep love for life which were evident.
Her hobbies included gardening, working with flowers of every
color, reading, quilting, and sewing. When Sylvia first came to
Colorado to see where she would live, it was the early and very dry
50's. Everywhere she looked, she saw brown until she arrived where
her new home would be. She was thrilled to see a very small patch of
green lawn and a few trees. She said it was like an oasis. Since that
day, she hated the color brown and vowed to make her part of Colorado
have some part of the Minnesota green even if she had to paint it on!
After a few years, she came to truly love Colorado with its vast
openness. She raised large gardens and was an avid canner keeping her
family well fed. Sylvia really enjoyed quilting and liked the
challenge of a new quilting pattern and had made quilts for most of
her children and grandchildren. She taught herself to sew out of
necessity early on and made most of her children's clothes. Sylvia
loved to cook and try new recipes and was always busy in the kitchen.
She always wanted anyone to have a place to go during a holiday
gathering. Her home was always a welcome haven to her extended family
and friends.
Sylvia, like all farmwives, was involved in the farming and was
Kenny's right-hand man when needed. She loved to remind her more
modern grandsons of the combines she drove years ago. She was not
convinced they would survive long days and nights harvesting wheat
without air conditioned and comfortable cabs.
She was a member of St. Joseph's Altar and Rosary Society and chaired
the funeral committee for many years as well as serving on St.
Joseph's Parish Council. She was also a member of the Nighthawk and
Prairie Bells Clubs for most of her life as well as the Akron
Quilters Club.
Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth in 2009, parents--
Thomas and Adela, all her siblings--Ladislav Kodada, Julia Mott, and
Stanley Kodada.
She is survived by all six children-- Cathay Schrock and husband Norman
of Anton, Sue Terrell and husband Brad of Idalia, Tony Niebur of
Anton, Tom Niebur of Akron, Rita Hart and husband Terry of Akron,
and Mona Merrill and husband Troy of Woodrow, 18 grandchildren, 23
great grandchildren, one sister-in-law--Lois Kodada, and numerous
nieces and nephews.
Published in Akron News-Reporter on Apr. 29, 2015
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