Sylvia Jechura passed away on April 29, 2013, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. She was born on December 11, 1926, to Joseph and Stella (Kania) Karnikowski in Toledo, OH. Her life reflects unmeasured love and devotion to family, friends, church and community. Sylvia was known lovingly as "Busia" to her five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. There was always a smile on her face, a flower in her hair and a warm greeting for all who crossed her path. Sylvia was a member of St. Adalbert Parish and later one of the founding members of Regina Coeli Parish. She served as president of the Altar Rosary Society, leadership in the Girl Scouts of NW Ohio, member of the St. Francis Guild, member of the Salesians and member of many special clubs along with her life-long friend Virginia Wozniak.
Sylvia was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio where she met Sylvester "Shake" Jechura and married on August 5, 1944. They had two daughters, Susan and Sharon. Sylvia put family and friends first and always gave generously of herself to church and community. She enjoyed the camaraderie on race nights at Toledo Raceway Park, which was founded by her late husband, Shake, along with his brothers Skip, Chet and Eddie. After selling their interest in Raceway Park in 1988, they retired to Florida where they spent the next 22 years. Sylvia returned to Toledo after the death of her husband of 65 years, to be closer to her family.
Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband, Shake Jechura; daughters, Susan (Jechura) Wagner and Sharon Jechura, and her parents, Joseph and Stella Karnikowski. She is survived by her loving family who will miss her dearly; grandchildren, Carey (Don) Manders, Dion (Lea-Ann) Wilson, Amy (Dennis) Kazmierczak, Kelly (Mason) Manders, Dion Hall and Steven (Julie) Suzor; 9 great-grandchildren; goddaughter, Martha Majewski; along with many cousins, nieces and nephews. A special thanks to the loving staff at West Park Place, Senior Care Management and the caring doctors and nurses at St. Vincent Hospital.
Family and friends may visit Saturday from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Sujkowski Funeral Home Northpointe, 114 E. Alexis Rd., where members of the Regina Coeli Altar Rosary Society and the Salesians will lead a Rosary at 10:00 a.m. A Memorial Service will follow at 10:30 a.m., with Rev. James Auth presiding. Interment will be private in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be given to Regina Coeli Catholic Church. Please view and share condolences at
Sujkowski Funeral Home Northpointe
114 EAST ALEXIS ROAD Toledo, OH 43612-3703
Published in Toledo Blade from May 1 to May 2, 2013