Sylvia Rose Senger, 86, Elk River


Sylvia Rose Senger, 86, Elk River died Thursday, July 25, 2013, at the Guardian Angels Care Center in Elk River after a short stay.
Sylvia Rose Flicek was born August 9, 1926, to James and Rose (Ruzicka) Flicek on a farm near Mahnomen, the oldest of six children.

She attended country school for eight years and graduated from Mahnomen High School in 1944. After attending Detroit Lakes Business College, she worked as a secretary at the Mahnomen County Welfare Office until her marriage to August Becker in October 1945. She was a farm wife for three years raising two children and expecting a third when her husband was killed in a car/truck collision. In 1960, she moved to East Grand Forks, Minn. and worked as a legal secretary for 18 years. In 1974, she married Wendlin “Wendy” Senger, a widower from Grand Forks with three children of his own. Several years later, they moved to the Big Lake area where she again worked as a legal secretary and finally to Elk River in 1990. Following Wendy’s death in 2000, Sylvia continued to live in her Guardian Oaks apartment. In June 2013, Sylvia was hospitalized a short time as she had developed a serious health problem requiring her to move to hospice at the Guardian Angels Care Center.

Sylvia enjoyed sewing, reading, and dancing. She also loved having coffee with relatives and friends. For many years, she was a member of Legal Secretaries Association, VFW Auxiliary, Catholic Order of Foresters and Catholic Daughters of America.

She is survived by her daughter, Ellen Mlynek of Robbinsdale; two sons, Vince (Joan) Becker of Pueblo, Colo. and Mark Becker of Sartell; stepdaughter, Wynell (Bill) Mullooly of Redlands, Calif.; and stepson, Robin (Alma) Senger of Fond du Lac, Wis.; four grandchildren; two brothers, Ted (Bev) Flicek of East Grand Forks,  and Adrian (Joyce) Flicek of Audubon, Minn.; sister-in-law, Caroline Kresel of Elk River; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, August Becker; husband, Wendlin Senger; a stepson, Richard Senger; two brothers, Jimmy and Manny Flicek; a sister, Lorraine Gaslin; a brother-in-law, Punk Gaslin; and a son-in-law, Carl Mlynek.
Also, special gratitude and thanks to the many compassionate staff at Guardian Angels Care Center and Hospice.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Mahnomen, MN at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 2, 2013. A visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., with a Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, August 1st at Anderson-Mattson Funeral Home, Mahnomen. A visitation was also held one hour before the funeral on Friday. Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Mahnomen.

Memorials may be directed to Guardian Angels Care Center, 400 Evans Ave. NW, Elk River MN 55330.

Arrangements entrusted to Anderson-Mattson Funeral Home, Mahnomen, MN.