Sylvia Collum

HANCOCK – Sylvia Marie Collum, 102, a former resident of Lakeview Manor in Hancock, passed away Saturday, May 10, 2014, at the Houghton County Medical Care facility in Hancock where she had been a resident patient for the past year.

She was born on March 23, 1912, on the family dairy farm in the Town of Goetz, Cadott, Wisconsin, a daughter of Czech immigrants, John and Louise (Vales) Najbrt.

She married Ellsworth Polzin on August 14, 1934. They built a dairy farm from timberland in the town of Arthur, Cadott, Wisconsin.

They raised three children, Marcella Marie, Eileen Martha and Edward Ellsworth Polzin.

On January 16, 1960, she married Orville Collum and resided in the city of Cornell, Wisconsin, until Orville passed away in 1992. Her step-children were Marylin, Fred and Anne Collum.

She moved to Lakeview Manor Senior Citizens Community in Hancock in 1994. While living there she became involved with the XYZ Club, Eagles 382 F.O.E. of Michigan, became a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, enjoyed bowling, crocheting, cooking and helping others in many ways.

Preceding her in death were Ellsworth Polzin, Orville Collum; her step children, Fred Collum and Marylin (Collum) Brunett; her grand-daughter, Debra Krall; her brothers, Frank, Alfred, and Elmer; a sister, Rose Naiberg; and brother-in-law, Frank Naiberg; and sons-in-law, Donald Krall and Charles Hueser.

Surviving are her children, Marcella Hueser of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Eileen (Wayne) Stordahl of Hancock and Edward (Jane) Polzin of Angola, Indiana; a step-daughter, Anne (Al) Schroeder of Hudson, Wisconsin; seven grandchildren including, Carmen (Jon) Dolson of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Scott (Carrie) Stordahl of Littleton, Colorado, Karen (Pete) Fenton of Hancock; eleven great grandchildren including, Bailey and Davis Dolson, Derek and Ryan Stordahl, Jack, Allyson and Laura Fenton; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A graveside service of inurnment will take place at a later time in the Cornell, Wisconsin Cemetery.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy the family suggests that memorials be given to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, in memory of Sylvia M. Collum.

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The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral homes have been assisting the family with the arrangements.