Sylvia Irene Belt, of Fort Atkinson, WI, passed away Monday, October 17, 2016 at Aster Assisted Living.
Visitation will be Friday, from 5 – 9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard. A funeral service will be held Saturday at 10 AM at Brust Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery.
Sylvia was born December 18, 1923 in Chicago IL, daughter of Frank and Theresa (Kaisrlik) Manda. She graduated from Kelvyn High School (class of 1941), and formed a social club with her female classmates called the “Kelvettes” that continued to meet for 75 years. After school she did office work and met the love of her life, a southern sailor at the Great Lakes Naval Station. After the war Asa Belt returned to Chicago to work as a railroad engineer. They married June 9, 1945, and moved to Berwyn, IL where they raised their four children.
In her spare time, she enjoyed painting, needlepoint, swimming, watching western TV shows, remodeling their home, stamp and coin collecting, and travel throughout the US. After retirement, they moved to Asa’s home state of South Carolina and enjoyed waterfalls, scenic tours of the mountains, and visiting family. When Asa’s health deteriorated, they moved back to Illinois to be closer to their children. After her husband’s death she moved to Fort Atkinson WI where she enjoyed the care and attention given by her son Ken and his family.
Music always made her happy, whether it was Asa playing the guitar, live music at local venues, or just listening to CD’s. And, if chocolate and small children were involved, that was perfect! Her sense of humor always came through, and helped her (and her family) get through the hard times.
She is survived by her children: Ken (Pat) Belt, Janice Arnold, and Alan Belt; her grandchildren: Dawn (David) Davis, Corey Belt, Kevin Belt, Sandra Bonny, and Amanda Arnold; and her great grandchildren: Anna Arnold; Sarah, Aiden and Tyler Bonny; and Xavier, Zoe, and Tristan Davis.
She was preceded in death by her sister Mamie Manda, her son William Belt, her brother Theodore Manda and his wife Charlotte and by her beloved friend Josephine Scurlock.
Memorials may be made to Rainbow Hospice, in appreciation of their thoughtful help.
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