Sylvia Reimers,

January 20, 1934 - November 7, 2020

Service: Due to COVID-19, a celebration of life and memorial service will take place in the spring of 2021. 

Sylvia Reimers,  86, passed away on Saturday, November 7th 2020 at Canton Good Samaritan Society.

                 Sylvia Rose Pappas Reimers was born January 20, 1934 in Sioux City, IA. She was raised by her loving mother Minnie Sather. She graduated from Sioux City high school and attended Morningside college.

                At age 12, she met a young man named Bobby Reimers at bible camp in Lake Shetek. While she may not have remembered the meeting, her future husband did. Memories from Bible Camp burned in Bobs’ mind. Eight years later when Bob was a sophomore in college, he pursued Syl and she became his bride in 1955.

                Sylvia was a dental assistant for few years then became a homemaker for many years before re- entering the workforce at McCord Corporation in Canton SD.  She was excellent at the highly technical skill of brazing. Later, mostly for entertainment, she enjoyed working at the Canton Livestock Sales Barn café.

                Always ready for adventure, she enjoyed spending the early years of their marriage in Santa Monica, CA. where their son Tom was born. When they returned to Canton, they completed their family when Heidi was born.

                She loved family, friends and food – preferably all together. She started planning for Christmas in July, and never lost her excitement for the family getting together for holidays. Her memories will provide fun filled stories for years to come.

                Sylvia is survived by her husband Bob and children Tom (Kristi) Reimers and Heidi (Charles) Conley; grandchildren: Melissa Hasty, Courtney Herndon, Sarah Reimers, and Laura (Jordan) Warnock; and great-granddaughter; Lilly Hasty.

                A special thank-you to Brenda Heggen and the community of Canton for providing Sylvia with an amazing quality of life and support during the last years of her life.

                 Memorial contributions can be made to Canton Lutheran Church.  Due to COVID-19, a celebration of life and memorial service will take place in the spring of 2021.

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  1. Marlys Hohmam on November 9, 2020 said:

    You all have my sympathy. Enjoyed playing Bridge with your Mother and both your parents at our picnics and cocktail parties. She will be missed.

  2. Janel (Short) Kaltenbach on November 9, 2020 said:

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Syl. She was quite a lady. I always remember she working at the Sale Barn, either when I was younger and then when I worked there as well. Always such a joy to run into her, or have her stop with some friends for a cold one. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time.

  3. Koni Schiller on November 9, 2020 said:

    Dear Bob, Tom , and Heidi.
    Our family sends our deepest sympathy for your loss. We did celebrate the holidays with lots of fun memories.
    Best to you all.
    Karol, Koni, Kathy and Nancy.

    1. Heidi on November 19, 2020 said:

      Thank you Koni and family for your condolences. Bob and Syl will be missed! I will always remember the Pedersen & Reimers family Thanksgiving holidays!

  4. Sandi Lundstrom on November 9, 2020 said:

    To Syl’s family:
    I’m so very sorry for you loss. I first met Syl when she would come into my beauty shop for hair cuts. She was nothing less than highly entertaining. She always made me smile. And after I retired and helped out at the golf course for a few hours, Syl and her lady friends would come have lunch before mahjongg. When they walked in the door I always said, “Hey Girls”, they loved that. Syl always had a hamburger with mayo and a fresh sliced tomato, and she often brought her own tomato from her garden at home. She cracked me up.
    You have our sympathy.

  5. Ruth M. Schemmel on November 10, 2020 said:

    Bob, Tom, Kristi, Heidi, Charles and families:

    Syl was a welcoming hostess to guests in her home. An excellent cook, a guest was assured of lots of conversation and plenty of food. My condolences to all of you.

    Ruthie Schemmel

  6. Kathy and Jerry Keiser on November 11, 2020 said:

    Sorry for the loss of Syl–Jerry worked with her and always exclaimed about her job of brazen ability!! In my thoughts and prayers!!

  7. Anna Mundt on November 11, 2020 said:

    So very sorry for your loss. She was a special lady.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Jerry and Anna Mundt

  8. Peggy Detmers on November 12, 2020 said:

    Dear Reimers Family,

    I am sorry to hear of your loss. Sylvia was certainly a special lady.


    Peg Detmers

  9. Michelle Schuknecht on November 13, 2020 said:

    To the Reimers family
    I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. I loved her humor and feisty spirit! It was such a pleasure to have Syl as one of my volunteers many years ago at the Hospice Thrift Shop.
    Thinking of you at this time,
    Michelle Nelson Schuknecht

  10. john fox on November 13, 2020 said:

    so sorry for your loss, I’ll always remember
    the many 4th of July parties we had. a old
    Canton friend johnny fox

  11. Brenda Van Zee on November 15, 2020 said:

    To Syl’s family,
    Our sincere sympathy! Your parents were great neighbors to us for 18 years. Having gardens side by side, lots of conversations were enjoyed, even a little competition on who had the first tomato, or the biggest potato. Your dad usually won that one! She was always canning something from that garden! She was very proud of her children and grandchildren!
    May your many memories bring you comfort and peace. May God be beside you in your days ahead!
    Brenda and Doug