The funeral service for Sydney Larsen, 100, of Killdeer, will be held at 1:00 p.m Thursday, February 4, 2021 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Killdeer with Pastor Dorothy Stein and Pastoral Intern Anne Nies officiating. Burial will take place in the Dunn Center Cemetery following the service.
Visitation for Sydney will be 5-8 p.m. Wednesday February 3, 2021 at St. John’s Lutheran Church with a prayer service being held at 7 p.m. A second visitation will be held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, February 4th at St. John’s Church.
For those attending, please follow recommendations from the CDC and ND Department of Health. Masks are encouraged. If you are unable to attend, you may view the live webcast of Sydney’s funeral service on the St. John’s Lutheran Church Facebook page.
Sydney passed away January 28, 2021 at Hill Top Home of Comfort.
Sydney Joyce was born September 27, 1920 at Emerson, ND, the daughter of James and Bessie (Berg) Bailey. Growing up she attended Halliday School graduating in 1938. She attended Dickinson Teacher’s College and taught rural country school after graduating. She also worked in the Manning Courthouse for the Superintendent of Schools.
Sydney married Harry Larsen on November 27, 1943 in Montana. After marriage they lived on the Larsen Ranch south of Dunn Center. The couple was blessed with 5 children: Cheryl, Linda, Sandra, Robert and Susan. Sydney was a devoted mother and homemaker.
In 1983 they built a new home in Killdeer and she enjoyed going for walks in town, visiting with many people who stopped by her home. She was always the heart of the family where we gathered and enjoyed the homemade buns, donuts and other goodies. She moved to Hill Top Home of Comfort in January 2016 where the staff quickly became part of her family.
She enjoyed reading, walking, dancing, traveling, socializing, music-especially playing piano, cards, watching sports on TV and attending grandchildren and great grandchildren’s school and sporting activities. She was the organist for Normanna Lutheran Church for over 35 years, served on church council and was a charter board member for the Hill Top Heritage Foundation, a Sunday School teacher for many years, a member of ND Cattlewomen, and a member of Emerson Homemakers. She especially loved time with her friends, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be dearly missed and forever loved.
The family would like to extend their appreciation to all the staff at Hill Top for their care and compassion to Mom while she was a resident.
Sydney is survived by her children, Cheryl Krieger of New Lenox, IL, Linda (Jim) Wallace of Killdeer, Sandra (Tom) Ribb of Dickinson, Robert (Cathy) Larsen of Dunn Center, and Susan (Tom) Tuhy of Dunn Center; 11 Grandchildren, Darl (Cristia) Krieger, Lee Krieger, Jana (Troy)Smith, Sarah Wallace, Melissa (Dale) Wadman, Stephanie (Torger) Hauge, Lance (Christy) Larsen, Reid Larsen, Kathryn (Shawn) Donahey, Karolyn (Drew) Allen and Sean Tuhy. There are 16 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild, numerous nieces and nephews and extended family and friends.
She is preceded by her husband, Harry; parents, James and Bessie; brothers Thomas Alva and Robert; 1 son-in-law Fred Krieger.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the Hill Top Heritage Foundation, PO Box 780, Killdeer, ND 58640.
Honorary Pallbearers : All Hilltop Home of Comfort Employees