Sylvia Sandifer Pierce, age 86 of Greenville, passed away 12:45 a.m. Friday, April 14, 2017 at her home in Greenville surrounded by her family.
Visitation will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Greenville with Pastor Jeff Nehrt officiating. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow in Robinson Cemetery, Pocahontas, Illinois.
Sylvia Ann Tidwell was born January 25, 1931 in Pocahontas, Illinois. She was the daughter of Vernice Tidwell Runge. Sylvia was adopted and raised by her grandparents Alice and John Tidwell.
Sylvia was a caregiver and worked in the cafeteria at Greenville High School for many years. In 1993, she graduated from Kaskaskia College at the age of 62. She was a lifelong member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Sylvia was united in marriage to Raymond Sandifer who preceded her in death on May 23, 1975. They had 9 children: Danna Sandifer, Bruce Sandifer, Larry Sandifer (Debbie), Steve Sandifer (Monny), Kevin Sandifer (Debbie), Tony Sandifer (Jean), Tom Sandifer (JoAnn), Tim Sandifer (Donna) and Jeff Sandifer (Amelia). She also helped raise her granddaughter Sylvia Trainer and her grandson Greg Sandifer. She was a loving grandmother of 19 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was a loving Aunt to Sylvia Jean Smith and many nieces and nephews and sister-in-law Mavis Runge. In addition, Sylvia has many sister and brother-in-law’s and nieces and nephews from her marriage to Raymond Sandifer.
Sylvia married Robert Pierce on November 1, 1998. He preceded her in death on August 28, 2012. She was preceded in death by her son Steve on March 15, 2015, sisters: Norma Runge Shoults and Doris Jarman and 2 brothers Joseph Runge Jr. and John White.
Memorials may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Building Fund.