INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. — Sylva Lee Rogers Dornhecker, 96, of International Falls, Minnesota, died on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at Rainy Lake Medical Center.
She was born June 9, 1921 in Eagle Pass to Walter Albert and Margaret Merle Mozell Brooks Rogers. As a child, the family moved to Brownwood, where Sylva resided until after World War II.
Sylva was very proud of the fact that during WWII, she was a truck driver at Camp Bowie in Brownwood. She drove German prisoners of war and the ambulance.
Sylva was married to Lemar Stanley Dornhecker until his death in 1999. They lived in Fort Worth; Boise, Idaho; International Falls, Minnesota; Tigard and Lake Oswego, Oregon. Upon Lee’s death, Sylva moved back to International Falls in 2000 to be closer to family.
Since August 2012, Sylva resided at Ridgeview Assisted Living Facility.
Sylva was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Margaret Yvonne Ellis and Virginia Juanell Cheairs; and brother, Walter Albert (Buddy) Rogers.
She is survived by one son, James L. and daughter-in-law Joann; three grandchildren, James R. Dornhecker, Shannon Dornhecker and Jessica (Steve) Crosby; and two great-grandchildren, Meggan and Brenna Crosby. She is also survived by one sister, Lavern Rogers Loudermilk, and several nieces and nephews.
Sylva was a long time member of Faith United Church of Christ, The Northland Art Society and the Margaret Correll Club in International Falls.
Sylva’s true passion was her doll collection, which numbered well over 400. She was known in the communities she lived as “The Doll Lady” and loved showing her dolls to any person interested.
At Sylva’s request, there will be no service.
Memorials to Faith United Church of Christ, would be appreciated.
Condolences may be left at www.greenlarsen.
Arrangements are with Green-Larsen Mortuary, Inc.