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Sylvia M. Guernsey

July 3, 1935 February 3, 2018
Sylvia M. Guernsey
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Sylvia Marie Tanner Guernsey, 82, of Fostoria, Ohio, died Feb. 3, 2018, in Fostoria.
Sylvia was born July 3, 1935, in La Marque, Texas, to Jesse and Pearl (Schoeppe) Tanner. The
family moved to several Southern states during the Great Depression as her father looked for
work. She considered Racine, Wisconsin, her hometown because the family soon headed back
north to seek better schools. She grew up enjoying Racine’s big Fourth of July celebrations and
swimming in Lake Michigan.
She married Earl Guernsey on Oct. 23, 1954, in Racine. For Earl’s career with the YMCA, the
family moved to Janesville, Wisconsin, and then to Anderson, Indiana. They settled in Fostoria in
1965.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and sister Nancy Jung.
She is survived by her son, Steve (Paula) of Carmel, Indiana; daughter, Susan of St. Paul,
Minnesota; daughter, Sandra Hatfield of Risingsun, Ohio; five grandchildren, Talia (John-Mark)
Stevens, Avital and Asher (Erica) Guernsey, and Michael and Emily Hatfield; great-grandsons,
Liam and Rowan Stevens; brother, Ed Tanner of Neshkoro, Wisconsin, and many nieces and
nephews.
Sylvia had several jobs after her youngest child started school. When she was in her 40s, she
returned to school at Terra State Community College for an associate’s degree in business. She
then became the office manager for the dental practice of Dr. Robert Hadacek until she retired in
1998.
She and Earl loved to travel, and she especially enjoyed a trip to Hawaii. They visited son
Steve and his family in Israel and Germany. They also toured many areas in the United States,
including the West Coast, national parks and Florida.
Sylvia was a longtime member of the Wesley United Methodist Church and volunteered with the
Women's Mission Group at the church and at the Sharing Kitchen. She worked on Red Cross
blood drives and as a tutor for Project Read with Fostoria City Schools. She also volunteered at
Red Bird Mission in Kentucky.
She enjoyed going to the theater, concerts and movies. Sylvia was a voracious reader of fiction
and passed a love of reading on to her daughter Susan.
Daughter Sandy remembers good times making many batches of Christmas cookies with her,
while son Steve has fond memories of the tasty meals she prepared every day for her family. And
she had a good sense of humor, helping her survive life with Earl!
She had many health problems as she grew older. The family thanks the staff of St. Catherine’s
Manor of Fostoria for the excellent care they gave Sylvia.
A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, April 28, at Wesley United Methodist Church,
1200 Van Buren St., Fostoria, with visitation from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the church. Lunch will be
served after the service.
In honor of Sylvia’s love of flowers, please wear something bright to her service.
Memorials preferred. Donations may be made to the Memorial Book Fund of Kaubisch
Memorial Public Library or the Fostoria Wesley United Methodist Church.


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