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Sylvia Marie Robillard, 76 years, of Humboldt passed away on Monday, May 21, 2018 at Humboldt District Hospital. Sylvia was born November 14, 1941 in Spalding, SK to Henry and Helen (Schwartz) Delwisch. She was the third of seven children. Sylvia spent much of her growing up years trying to prove to her older brothers that whatever they could do she could do, which got her into some dangerous situations. In 1962 she joined the army, and was enlisted for about 2 years during which time she took nurses training. After being released from the army she worked as a personal care nurse for a short time in Bermuda. From there she returned to Saskatchewan and got into bartending, until 1971 when she moved to the west coast. There she worked for several years at a special care home for the handicapped. In 1981 she married Ernie Robillard and moved back to Archerwill where she had grown up. They resided there until 2006 when they moved to Humboldt and took on the caregiver role for her 91 year old mother, and her brother Dave who had Parkinson’s and could no longer live alone. In 2009 Ernie passed away suddenly, leaving Sylvia as the sole caregiver. In 2013 Dave moved into long term care, and a few weeks later Mom passed away leaving her with only herself in her big house. She continued to look after Dave’s affairs until he passed away in 2016. The role of care giver was her true calling, and she was happiest when she had someone to care for. She cared for many people along the way, some long term and some just a short time. Sylvia loved her big house of the last 12 years as there was always room for her family to stay when they came to visit. Many family gatherings were hosted in her home. Sylvia had no children of her own, but was a wonderful auntie to her nieces and nephews and referred to by some as their surrogate mother. She had a special gift for making every child who crossed her path feel that they were the most precious person in her life. Sylvia was interested in the details of all the lives of her family, both immediate and extended, and all her friends as well. Above all she will be remembered for her warm, loving and caring heart, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Sylvia is survived by brothers Denis (Sandra) Delwisch, Glenn (Lillian) Delwisch, Mervin (Linda) Delwisch, Allan (Terry) Delwisch, sister Kathy (Leo) Wiebe, stepbrothers Laurence (Irma) Zimmer, Leonard (Lorraine) Zimmer, Jerry (Kathy) Zimmer, stepsister Rose Marie (Lorne) Dosch, stepsister-in-law Lorraine Zimmer, and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband Ernie Robillard, parents Henry Delwisch and Helen (Schwartz) Zimmer, brother David Delwisch, stepfather Joe Zimmer, and stepbrother Joe Zimmer Jr. The Funeral Mass for Sylvia was held on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church, Humboldt celebrated by Fr. Demetrius Wasylyniuk, OSB. Memorial donations in Sylvia’s memory may be made to the Humboldt District Hospital Foundation (St. Elizabeth’s Ladies Auxiliary Centennial Cardiac Endowment).
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