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Posted: Monday, June 10, 2019 3:49 pm

Sylvia Schliesman, 75, of Watertown, formerly of Madison, passed away on June 6, 2019 at Jenkins Living Center in Watertown.

Funeral services will begin at 11 am on Wednesday, June 12 at Kinzley Funeral Home in Madison. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 5-7 pm with a 7 pm prayer service, also at the funeral home.

Sylvia Ann Dummann, the daughter of Elmer and Helen Dummann, was born on June 10, 1943 on a farm near Summit, South Dakota. She graduated Salutatorian from Summit Public School in 1961. She worked in the school library, was on the paper staff, the Girls Glee Club, class play, and was in All-State Chorus. She attended Mankota Community College.

On January 11, 1964 she married Robert E. Schliesman. The couple lived in the towns of Willmar, MN, Montevideo, MN, Watertown, SD, Salem, SD, and Madison, SD. While living in Salem, Sylvia worked for the State Department of Welfare and did secretarial work for a private attorney.

They moved to Madison, SD in 1976 where she became a clerk at JC Penney. With her husband Bob, she co-owned and was the office manager of Interlakes Electric from 1984-1995. After the family business closed, she was a clerical assistant for South Dakota Pork Producer Council.

Sylvia loved traveling, gardening, fishing, cooking, canning, baking for others, hosting parties, having coffee with friends, watching the weather, and all things Christmas. She looked forward to spending time with her family and adored rocking and singing hymns to babies.

She became a resident of Jenkins Living Center in 2014 after suffering from dementia. Complications of congestive heart failure and dementia took her fight for life on June 6, 2019.

Her memory lives on in her four children, Steven Schliesman of Oakton, VA, Pamela (Ray) Puhlman of Summerset, SD, Patty (Scott) Keeley of Ankeny, IA, and Kristin (Travis) Davis of Polk City, IA; six grandchildren, Jacob Keeley, Justin Keeley, Emersyn Davis, Camden Davis, Dashel Davis, and Paxton Davis; one step-granddaughter, Lauren (Justin) Sense of Bowman, ND; two step-great-grandchildren, Brooklynn and Ian Sense; two sisters, Verna Dummann of Fairbanks, AK, and Linda Reil of Big Stone City, SD; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, her parents and one brother.