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Hill Funeral Home

11723 South Saginaw Street, Grand Blanc, MI

OBITUARY

Sylvia Mary Austermiller

November 6, 1942June 7, 2019

Sylvia M. Austermiller, age 76, June 7th, 2019. Preceded in death by her beloved husband of 42 years, C.J. Loving mother to Heidi (Kenneth) Weiss and Rebecca (Adam) Leichtweis. Cherished grandmother to Haley Hinton and Hannah Weiss, and great grandmother to Avery. Dear sister to Cynthia Clarahan, aunt to James and Andrew; great aunt to Thomas and John.

Sylvia had many passions but most important to her was her family, many friends, the arts and travel. She graduated from Wayne State University with a Masters Degree in Educational Sociology, Urban Anthropology, Educational Measurement and Statistics. She was an Educator as her profession and at heart. Syl created and ran the Student Success Center at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. She was also involved with Girl Scouts and was a Leader to many troops. She traveled the world and was a great story teller who touched many, many lives and will be sorely missed.

Sylvia was known for her quick wit, great laugh, her kind and compassionate, but pertinacious spirit.

Services

  • Memorial Lunch Sunday, June 23, 2019
  • Memorial Service Sunday, June 23, 2019

Memories

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Lillian Karch

June 18, 2019

Dearest Sylvia, you are my longest and dearest friend. we have been friends for 72 years! You got me through kindergarten and that was an achievement itself. You did that with your sense of humor! We were bridesmaids at each other’s wedding and our husbands became good friends!we could live in other countries, get back together right where we left off! You have made me laugh more than anybody I know. I have loved you since we were children! You must be in heaven because you have been an angel to everyone, and you have been through hell and back so many times yourself and never complained! I am so sorry that I cannot be there for your memorial, but I am having a memorial service with friends at the same time in North Carolina! Till we meet again my friend I well talk to you from here and know you will be smiling 💕🙏God be with you always! I will love your children and grandchildren and great grandchild and talk to them often !

Selma Pedrotte

June 16, 2019

I had the pleasure of meeting Aunt Syl through my boyfriend, Andrew (AJ). She immediately accepted me and treated me like her own family. She was so supportive of my pursuing nursing career and told me how proud she was of me. She was truly a beautiful soul and touched many lives. I wish I could have spent more time with her. She will truly be missed. May she rest peacefully.

Laura Karch Gries

June 12, 2019

Although I haven’t seen “Auntie Sylvia” for close to 30 years, she’s still an important part of my life. “Auntie Sylvia “ was not my blood aunt, but my mom’s closest friend since pre-school. She was my mom’s Maid of Honor and my mom was her’s.

I remember as a child traveling to Michigan to visit family and friends and dreading one thing-the night my parents went out with Sylvia and CJ. It meant they were leaving me for the night! But when my parents returned, they looked like they spent the night at a comedy club, laughing hysterically at the things Sylvia and CJ said that night. Cathartic... Her laugh is imprinted in my mind for a lifetime, it was truly contagious.

My mom feared pre-school, the only thing that got her there, kept her there and her allowed her to have fun was Sylvia. My daughter was the same way and met her own “Sylvia “, my mom’s story of their beautiful friendship gave me hope that my daughter would have the same experience.

She’s given my mom over 70 years of friendship and my mom gave her the same. Through the ups and downs, ins and outs, peaks and valleys those two shared a sisterhood of life. For that, I am so very grateful of Auntie Sylvia. May strength and love surround her two beautiful daughters and granddaughter during this very challenging time of losing their compass. She was the greatest teacher of all. She taught her girls how to love unconditionally, which is truly the best gift a mother could teach and pass on. We love you Auntie Sylvia Mary. May God bless you now and forever.

Laura Karch-Gries

June 12, 2019

Although I haven’t seen “Auntie Sylvia” for close to 30 years, she’s still an important part of my life. “Auntie Sylvia “ was not my blood aunt, but my mom’s closest friend since pre-school. She was my mom’s Maid of Honor and my mom was her’s.

I remember as a child traveling to Michigan to visit family and friends and dreading one thing-the night my parents went out with Sylvia and CJ. It meant they were leaving me for the night! But when my parents returned, they looked like they spent the night at a comedy club, laughing hysterically at the things Sylvia and CJ said that night. Cathartic... Her laugh is imprinted in my mind for a lifetime, it was truly contagious.

My mom feared pre-school, the only thing that got her there, kept her there and her allowed her to have fun was Sylvia. My daughter was the same way and met her own “Sylvia “, my mom’s story of their beautiful friendship gave me hope that my daughter would have the same experience.

She’s given my mom over 70 years of friendship and my mom gave her the same. Through the ups and downs, ins and outs, peaks and valleys those two shared a sisterhood of life. For that, I am so very grateful of Auntie Sylvia. May strength and love surround her two beautiful daughters and granddaughter during this very challenging time of losing their compass. She was the greatest teacher of all. She taught her girls how to love unconditionally, which is truly the best gift a mother could teach and pass on. We love you Auntie Sylvia Mary. May God bless you now and forever.

Vaidehi Merchant

June 11, 2019

Sylvia has been very encouraging to me in my creative career since my days at CCS. She was always helpful and always looked out for me. I will always cherish the conversations that we had at the Student Success Center at CCS. I will miss her "likes" to my henna designs on my henna page on Facebook.

Donna Verbouw

June 11, 2019

Sylvia opened up Detroit to many of her friends in the Grand Reserve community. She took us on many adventures to her favorite places in the Detroit area including a tour of her beloved CCS. She was also an important part of our small birthday group which we started more than 10 years ago. We’ll definitely miss her smile and stories.

Danielle Seikaly

June 11, 2019

Sylvia told me once "You're too smart to give up" I am now a teacher and I say that almost every day to my students. She gave me a shoulder to cry on, a platform for venting and a hug when I needed it. I love you.

Joo Won Lee

June 11, 2019

I was an international student at CCS and I met her at my English class as well as at the Student Sucessful Center. I was very shy to practice English but her teaching truly opened up many doors throught her amazing knowledge and heart. I still remember the things I learned from her after 20 years and reflect to my teaching as an educator. I am sure that I will remember her throughout my entire life...

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY