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Sylva Taylor Schvaneveldt Bernklau

Posted: 1494349487000
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Bernklau, Taylor, Perkins, Schvaneveldt
Preston Citizen, 05/08/17


Sylva Taylor Schvaneveldt Bernklau

Sylva Taylor Schvaneveldt Bernklau passed away in Santaquin, Utah, on May 8, 2016. She was born Aug. 25, 1920, in Preston, Idaho, to Irvine H. Taylor and Ada M. Perkins. Four brothers would later join the family: Elmer, Lyle, Wayne, and Verl. She grew up in Dayton, Idaho, during the great depression and lived on a diet of fried potatoes and eggs for dinner every night. She was proud of her four brothers, who all served their country in WWII and in the Korean Conflict.

She married Verl Schvaneveldt on Sept. 22, 1937, in the Logan Utah LDS Temple, and lived in Weston, Idaho, on the family ranch. They were the parents of four children: Darrell, Gail, Clifford, and Linda.

Sylva was only 41 when she became a widow. The family doctor had previously advised her to prepare herself to provide for her family. She followed his counsel and took typing lessons. She worked for veterinarian, Dr. Howells, in Preston. A few years later she was elected as Franklin County Treasurer.

In 1966 she married Bill Bernklau and helped raise his children: Mary Lou, Janice, Lois, and Neal.

Sylva was forever the optimist. She lived her life by her personal motto: “Something good will happen today.”


In her later years she bravely dealt with total blindness and nearly total deafness. Even then she remained positive and pleasant.

In 1996 she moved to Payson, Utah, in order to live close to her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Lynn Johnson.

She is survived by her daughter Linda (Lynn); and step-children, Mary Lou Shepherd (Leo), Janis VanHook, and Neal Bernklau; as well as 21 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held at the Walker Funeral Home located at 587 S. 100 W., Payson, Utah, at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 12, 2016. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. A short service prior to the internment will be held at Weston, Idaho, Cemetery at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 13.

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