Sylvia Gehefer Oleksik
Merritt Island, FL
Sylvia Gehefer Oleksik, 77, passed peacefully in her home on Merritt Island, Monday, June 16, 2014. In the home was husband, Sonny Oleksik; son, Clark Gehefer, and dear childhood Friend, Pat McDade.
Sylvia was born atop Lookout Mountain, AL. Sylvia and Ed Gehefer raised their family on 'Wee Acres' farm in Nicholasville KY. In the late 60's they bought their first Florida vacation home on Merritt Island. In 1982 Ed and Sylvia purchased their island home on Orion Ct., where she lived out her life with husband, Sonny Oleksik. Sylvia loved life and people so much. She never met a stranger and anyone and everyone was welcome to the many parties that she hosted at her home on any occasion.
Sylvia was an active member of the Merritt Island Eagles Lodge 4257, the Elks Lodge 2650, VFW, American Legion and various social clubs on the Space Coast.
She is survived by her mother, Geneva 'Queenie' Chadwick, 94; husband, Francis 'Sonny' Oleksik; sons, Michael Hulgan of Merritt Island, Edwin Gehefer Jr. and Clark Gehefer of Lexington, KY; grandson, Edwin Gehefer III of Palm Bay; granddaughters, Heather Gehefer of Winter Haven, Alex Gehefer of Port St. Lucie FL, Jessica and Olivia Gehefer of Nicholasville, KY, and many cousins.
A service will be held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church 5555 N. Tropical Trail, Merritt Island, Wednesday, June 25th at 4 pm, where a celebration of life will immediately follow. Please make all donations to the Eagles Merritt Island or The Elks Merritt Island.
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Published in FLORIDA TODAY from June 21 to June 25, 2014