Sylvia M. Wille was born on April 16th, 1924, the daughter of Anibal Maurtua Caballero and Rosalina Clara Gaudieley Schnoor in Lima, Peru. She was the last surviving sibling of 4 brothers and 3 sisters. She married Kurt Richard Wille on May 4, 1946 in Lima, Peru and had 61 wonderful years of marriage full of love, travel and adventures with her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was an inspiration as a mother and wife. She is survived by her two daughters, Sylvia Publ and Nancy Needham and her son Mario Wille, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Kurt and her son Richard Wille.
As a young child, her family moved to Petropolis, Brazil, for several years where she learned Portuguese, Italian, and French and had many adventures with her cousins. Back in Lima, she met Dad at a bus stop on the way to the University of Lima (she was majoring in biology). They found they had many friends and interests in common and soon became engaged. Sadly, her mother passed away a month before her wedding so the ceremony was postponed a month.
They bought a little house in Miraflores near our grandparents’ home. Nine years and four children later, they all emigrated in 1956 to Madison, Wisconsin. In 1958, the family moved again to reside in Mexico City, Mexico until Dad retired to Guadalajara, Mexico in 1989. They spent their retirement years enjoying world travel and visiting their grand children and later great grandchildren. After Dad passed away in 2007, she decided to move to Golden, Colorado in 2010 to live with her daughter, Nancy Needham. In December 2018, she moved to Elgin, Illinois to live with her daughter, Sylvia Publ.
She was a wonderful mother and devoted wife. Her strength of spirit and fortitude helped her (and us) get through all the accidents, illnesses, births and deaths through the years. She was always smiling and in a good mood, kind, loving, sincere and caring. She loved to cook, knit and watch classic movies and dance shows on TV. She was always willing to participate in family activities and loved going to the grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s birthday parties. She loved to travel and thoroughly loved cruises with Dad. She has visited many countries: Europe, South America, Japan, India, and Australia and New Zealand. She never had a bad word to say about anyone nor anything. A loving, kind spirit, always smiling and she made friends wherever she went. All our pets over the years gravitated to her and loved her. As her granddaughter said, “Heaven gained a beautiful soul, today. She lived a long, lovely life and will be missed by everyone who knew her.”
Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park St., Elgin IL 60120. For more information call 847-741-1128.