Sidonia Palace
1918 - 2021
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SUDBURY, MASS.- Sidonia Palace, age 102, died peacefully on Jan. 17, 2021 in Sudbury, Mass. She had been recovering from COVID-19. Sidonia is survived by her three children: Bill Palace of El Segundo, Calif., Lydia Palace of Austin, Texas, and Gerard Palace of Framingham, Mass.; five grandchildren: Marshall Garrett of Chicago, Ill., Zachary Garrett of Shenzhen, China, Timothy Palace of Somerville, Mass., Christopher Palace of Rochester, N.Y., Soleil Palace of El Segundo, Calif.; and one great-granddaughter, Chloe Garrett of Shenzhen, China. Sidonia was born on November 12, 1918, the day after World War I Armistice Day, to Sidonia Oplustil and Ferdinand Heger in Brno, Czechoslovakia. She completed her studies in Gymnasium and Commercial Academy in Brno, achieving the equivalent of a master’s degree, and was proficient in several languages including: German, Czech, French, English, Hungarian, and Esperanto. Just before she graduated, in March 1939, the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia. Starting in September 1939, she worked for Rudolph M. Rohrer, an independent 150-year old publishing firm. Working for Rohrer, Sidonia was assigned to Brno, Budapest, Frankfurt, and Berlin from 1939 – 1945 and lived through many harrowing war events during this tumultuous time. Sidonia married Frank Palace on Nov. 17, 1947 and immigrated to the United States in 1948. They settled in Montclair, N.J., and Sidonia found work at White Laboratories. After her first son, Bill, was born in 1951, they moved to the Catskill Mountains and settled in Jewett Center. Sidonia stayed home to raise their three children, while Frank worked as a seaman for Esso (Exxon), traveling around the world. After Frank died in 1967, Sidonia went to work to provide for her three children. After several part-time jobs, she was hired as a news reporter for The Windham Journal. She was promoted to managing editor a couple years later and served this role with distinction for 28 years from 1969 to 1997. While her children were in school, Sidonia led the local 4-H club, and was PTA president for Hunter-Tannersville Central School. Sidonia took four European trips, one with the entire family, and three others including each one of her children and one of their friends during their high school years. For over 40 years, Sidonia was actively involved in the American Cancer Society, Mid-Hudson Library Association, volunteered for the Mountain Top Historical society, Hunter Public Library, American Cancer Society, and The Greene County Department of the Aging, where she logged over 4,000 hours as a chauffeur. Sidonia loved the beauty of the Catskill Mountains and Hudson River Valley, which reminded her of the Czech countryside near Brno. She was an avid hiker until the age of 89. Sidonia sewed, crocheted, knitted, needle-pointed and painted water-color greeting cards during her retirement years. Family and friends were lucky recipients of all her hobbies. Many benefactors of her labors never knew her: she crocheted hundreds of hats for newborn babies at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester, Mass. Sidonia often said “reach out, extend yourself to others, help each other.” She lived this theme of service and touched all those who met her, and many who hadn’t. A memorial service will be held at St. Francis Catholic Church, Elka Park, N.Y., in early June. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in her memory to: The Mountain Top Historical Society, 5132 Route 23A, Haines Falls, N.Y., 12436 or The Hunter Library, P.O. Box 76, Hunter, N.Y., 12442.

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Published in the Daily Freeman from Jan. 23 to Jan. 24, 2021.
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January 25, 2021
Our deepest condolences and prayers to family and friends.
Kenny &Suzie Cotton
January 24, 2021
My condolences to the Palace family, on the loss of dear Sidonia, my friend and neighbor. I have such fond memories of our many conversations, and her kindnesses to me over the years, including the warmest winter cap I own. She will be in my prayers.
Chris Cade
January 24, 2021
Dear Bill, Soleil & family,
Sending our sympathy and love. May the love of family and friends combined with your faith and cherished memories bring you comfort and peace as you grieve. Your Mom, Grandmother sounds like such a brave woman and one we all would love to know. R.I.P. & love Sidonia Palace
Terri, Joe, Katrina & Timothy Heisler
Heisler Family
January 24, 2021
My condolences on the loss of a wonderful woman. She was always a pleasant and wise member of the MTHS Board. We are all better people because Sidonia was part of our lives.
Johanna Titus
January 24, 2021
Having never met this wonderful person I'd like to thank her for all her service to our community and say sorry for her loss to her family.
Raymond Duffy
January 24, 2021
To the family of Sidonia, this is very sad news and I send my heartfelt condolences on your loss. I got to know Sidonia through her work as a Board member of the Mountain Top Historical. We also shared a special connection -- we are both Czech. She lived a wonderful productive and fascinating life. We all loved her.
Adrienne Larys
January 24, 2021
What an amazing life she lived! I always enjoyed talking with Sidonia. She is missed in our mountain top community. May she Rest In Peace.
Patti Lenseth
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