Posted: January 14th, 2023

SYLVIA AGNES STROM August 30, 1944 ~ January 11, 2023
Sylvia Agnes Strom passed away at the Bow Island Health Centre after a courageous battle with cancer on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at the age of 78 years. She leaves to cherish her memory: siblings, Elaine Acosta, Phil (Janet) Strom, Ray (Lois) Strom, Joan (James) Babe and Lori (Rick) Dykstra as well as sisters-in-law, Lynn Strom and Laura Kroeker. Sylvia was blessed to have a multitude of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews whom she loved dearly as well as a large extended family. She was predeceased by her parents, Walter and Gladys Strom; brother, Allen Strom and nieces, Ellen and Amy Strom.
Sylvia was born on August 30, 1944, in the Galt Hospital in Lethbridge, Alberta which is now the Museum. She grew up on a farm south of Burdett and attended Burdett School through her junior high school years. At age fifteen, she left home to attend Prairie High School in Three Hills, Alberta, followed by four years at Prairie Bible Institute.
Sylvia obtained her education degree at the University of Lethbridge with a Math major. She taught at Christiansen Academy in Venezuela, Manyberries School, the Alberta Correspondence School in Edmonton, NorthStar Academy and Cherry Coulee Christian Academy. She was a substitute teacher for Prairie Rose School Division and she also tutored. Sylvia taught adult classes in computer, photography and ESL in Bow Island.
While obtaining her education, she worked at the Alberta School Hospital in Red Deer; on a construction crew, building roads and bridges in Medicine Hat and Lethbridge where she was called on to use her math skills. She also worked for a trailer construction company in Lethbridge. Later, she worked as a receptionist for an Edmonton orthodontist and as the parts person and part-time receptionist for a manufacturing company in Edmonton.
Sylvia loved to travel to interesting places. While living in Venezuela, she toured Columbia, Peru and Ecuador. She made special trips to visit family in Bolivia and Zimbabwe. Sylvia visited friends in New York and France, making a side trip to Rome. Road trips included a trip across Canada and two trips to Texas.
She moved to Bow Island nineteen years ago to be the main care-giver for her aging parents.
Sylvia had many interests: Education, politics, painting, astronomy, photography, sewing, card and jewelry making, theology, piano and shopping. She loved interacting with people and was knowledgeable about many subjects, weighing out both sides of an argument. One of Sylvia’s accomplishments was keeping up her friendship with her penpal for seventy years. She maintained contact with many cousins, friends and students.
Sylvia had a strong faith and hope in her Lord Jesus Christ. At the age of four, she asked Jesus to be her Saviour, which started a relationship that lasted her whole life. As He promised, she now has eternal life with Him.
Sylvia was compassionate, kind and loving. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
A Celebration of Sylvia’s life will be held at the Evangelical Free Church, 414 – 2 Street West, Bow Island on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at Honoured to serve the family is

Cook Southland Funeral
Chapel Crematorium &
Reception Facility
901 – 13th Street S.W.
Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4
Phone 403-527-6455
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