Sylvia Ruth Belcher DeClue-Kelinske

January 22, 1951February 14, 2021

Sylvia Ruth Belcher DeClue-Kelinske, 70, of Lexington, Texas, went to be with her Savior on Sunday, February 14, 2021.

Visitation will be from 5pm-7pm on Friday, March 5th at Brookside Funeral Home - Cypress Creek, 9149 Hwy 6 North in Houston, Texas.

Funeral service will be held at 11am on Saturday, March 6th at St. Matthew Lutheran Church at 5315 S Main Street in Houston, Texas. The family will receive friends at the church before the service at 10am.

Sylvia was born in Waco, Texas, to Ralph and Mildred Belcher on January 22, 1951. She was baptized, confirmed, and attended elementary school at St. Mark Lutheran, in Waco, Texas. She graduated from University High School class of 1969, in Waco, Texas. She attended McLennan Community College and earned an Associate Degree. She lived and worked in Houston, Texas, as a sales associate with Southwestern Bell, Lutheran Brotherhood, and SCI. She became a massage therapist and retired at the age of 65. She was a member of Girl Scouts of America, AMTA, LWML, and the Lexington Lions Club & Chamber of Commerce. She was a member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod at St. Matthew in Houston, St. James in Lexington, and Trinity in Dime Box, Texas. She married James Kelinske in April 2004.

Sylvia served as a Girl Scout troop leader, youth group leader, and member of the church choir. Most vacations were spent camping with scouts, family, and friends. Later in life she had the privilege of traveling the world with family and friends on numerous trips. She opened her heart and her home to countless friends. She also loved dogs and always had at least one big, hyper, playful pet.

Sylvia is preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Mildred Belcher, her brother, Clinton Belcher, and her spouse, James Kelinske.

Sylvia is survived by her twin daughters, Kerri Schielke and husband, Philip, and Terri Szalkowski and husband, John; her sister, Nina Galli and husband, Allen; her God-daughter, Trudi Gatteys; her grandchildren: Matthew Szalkowski, Alexis Mascheck, Jacob Schielke, Benjamin Schielke, Katherine Mascheck, Esther Schielke, Michael Szalkowski, and Mason Szalkowski; her nephew, Todd Belcher and wife, Angie, children Clara and Lucas; and her niece, Tiffany McDonnell and husband, Adam, child Brianna.

Pallbearers will be Todd Belcher, Adam McDonnell, Jacob Schielke, Benjamin Schielke, Michael Szalkowski and Mason Szalkowski.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Lutheran Outdoors Ministry of Texas (LOMT) – Camp Lonestar is a favorite summer church camp that her daughters and grandkids enjoyed attending year after year.


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Sheila Marshall

March 8, 2021

I met this awesome lady thru my aunt, Elonic and we became fast friends. She was a joy to be around and I looked forward to her visits to my home in St. Louis. I will miss her deeply as will all who met her. Rest In Peace my friend.

Janell Kimbal

February 25, 2021

I met Sylvia while we both worked for SCI. In the short time of working with her, once a friend, always a friend. Your smile, the twinkle in eyes, we could pick up a conversation as if it was yesterday. You will be missed tremendously. But we know we have a angel in heaven watching over us too.

Cherry Stover

February 24, 2021

Lexington loved Sylvia. She gave me a shoulder massage the last time l saw her at the 4th Street Baker. She love her large puppy. She brought it to the Bakery so we all could see how big and pretty pup was. She was in Garden Club. They entertained us once at her home. And l went there many times for one of her good massages. I will miss her.

Tanda Fox

February 23, 2021

Sylvia was and will always be such a beautiful soul. I had the pleasure of her friendship for over 40 years. So many laughs and memories. Sylvia radiated honesty, integrity, loyalty and kindness. She will forever hold a special place in my heart and will be greatly missed. My heartfelt condolences to Kerri, Terri and your families. Sending Love, Tanda

Cathy Evert

February 23, 2021

Sylvia was my first "grownup" friend. She never treated me like a kid. I loved her from the first time I met her. I still carry the Bible she gave me for my college graduation. There's a special note in the front of the Bible - really special.
She raised two special girls, and I'm forever thankful that the Lord brought us together. She is in a wonderful place rejoicing at the feet of our Savior. Love you, Sylvia!

Kim Feathers

February 22, 2021

Sending my sincere condolences to the family.
I formed a relationship with Sylvia and her beautiful standard poodle, Lady Godiva, as her canine furologist (groomer). She was a regular client and we got along great. She was always kind and caring.
I ALWAYS looked forward to seeing her and chatting, while helping her to her car with Lady.
I will miss her very much.
God rest her sweet soul.

Cynthia Velazquez

February 22, 2021

When I met Sylvia, about 25 years ago, I was broken. I found myself working with a group of people that belittle me by false rumors. She took me under her friendship and love. She showed me that I was worthy of love & friendship, that I can be loved. My dearest friend I will miss you, I will treasure our friendship, remember our memories and grateful that God sent me an angel like you. May God receive you in his loving arms. I will pray for your daughters and your family. I know losing you is & will be the hardest thing for them to deal with even if they live to be a 100 years. You are one of a kind and my heart is broken to lose you & blessed for having you as my friend. I love you and you are taking a peace of my heart with you.

Vickie Loftin

February 22, 2021

Syl and I have been good friends for many years. Not only did we go to high school together but we were in Girl Scouts all of that time. We made lots of memories camping, going down the drag together and both starting our families about the same time. I’m sure going to miss her great laugh! Sending my love to Kerri and Terri!

Addison Graham

February 22, 2021

The memory I have of Sylvia is how frank and to the point she always was . She had opinions and was more than willing to share those thoughts with you . She always ask about my Mom and Dads health and genuinely cared for those in her life . Kids and Grandchildren were very important to her always . Her Children were her pride and joy . Her smile was contagious and her wit outstanding . I will miss her . Rest In Peace sweet friend .

Bill Fendrick

February 22, 2021

I attended high school with Sylvia and had the opportunity to have lunch with her during our 45th high school reunion in Waco. She had us all laughing the entire time with her humor. Such a sweet lady. She will be missed by all. God Bless.