Sylvia Preisler, 91, of Casper, Wyo., previously of East Bernard, passed away peacefully on Feb. 5, 2021. She was born Dec. 31, 1929 to Frank and Frances Vecera of East Bernard. Sylvia attended Wharton High School and later received a degree from Massey Business College in Houston. Sylvia worked as a secretary in the Cotton Exchange building in Houston. On Oct. 20, 1951, she married Leonard, and she worked alongside him farming and ranching.

Sylvia was preceded in death by her loving husband of 64 years, Leonard, infant daughter Anna Faye, parents Frank and Frances Vecera, sister LaVerne Smolik, brothers Constant and Frank Vecera, sister-in-law Mildred Vecera, and brother-in-law Roy Champiomont.  

Left to cherish her memory are son Kenneth and wife Sandra; granddaughters Taylor and Ryley; sister Bernadette Champiomont; sister-in-law MaBelle Vecera; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. 

Sylvia was a loving godmother to Anthony Vecera, Annette Metke, Connie Neelon, Glenn Vecera, Gayle Bludau, Beth Dodson, and Kay Champiomont. She never forgot their birthdays sending a beautiful card each year and many times making a phone call as well.

Sylvia was a woman of faith who prayed the rosary daily, wore her beads out, attended church often, and was quick to pray for those in need. She was always ready to help others especially when her dad was ill. Syl was there for her mom after his passing as well. Bernadette shared that Syl will always be remembered as her sweet big sister.

Sylvia was an avid reader and she loved the challenge of playing word games. She also did beautiful needle point and other needle work. Syl loved being surrounded by family at holiday gatherings, showers, and weddings. She had a wonderful smile that would light up a room and she had a great sense of humor too. Syl and her sisters LaVerne and Bernadette spent quality time together playing games, eating out, and taking short trips.

Each year, Sylvia looked forward to her visit with Kenneth and his family. She would travel with Leonard every other year to Casper to spend time with them as well.

  When Sylvia later moved to Casper, she would take trips with Kenneth, Sandy and the girls on a cruise, and to such places as Hawaii and New Orleans. Spending time with them brought Sylvia great joy.  

Each year, Sylvia looked forward to her visit with Kenneth and his family. She would travel with Leonard every other year to Casper to spend time with them as well.

When Sylvia later moved to Casper, she would take trips with Kenneth, Sandy and the girls on a cruise, and to such places as Hawaii and New Orleans. Spending time with them brought Sylvia great joy.  

Sylvia was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in East Bernard. There, she was one of the founding members of the Catholic Daughters. Sylvia was also a member of the Red Hat Society. 

On Tuesday, March 23, there will be a visitation from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church in East Bernard. It will be followed by the rosary at 9:30. The funeral service will then begin at 10 a.m. Honorary pallbearers will be Anthony and Glenn Vecera, Rian, Blain, and Kent Smolik, and Carter and Thomas Vecera. The burial will take place immediately following the Mass at Holy Cross Cemetery.

There will be social distancing and masks required. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Holy Cross Catholic Church or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Knesek and Sons Funeral Chapel, 122 N. First St., Wallis, TX 77485.