Sylvia Turnbaugh (1929–2020)
In memory of Sylvia Turnbaugh, beloved Wife, Mother, and Grandmother.
Sylvia, daughter of Mabel and James Galusha, was born in the year that the Great
Depression began. She left this earthly plane as the world once again descended into
Sylvia spent her early years working as a waitress where she met the love of her life,
Marvin Turnbaugh. He whisked her away to the farm where she worked beside him in
the fields, raised chickens, cooked, cleaned house, and helped raise 2 daughters. They
were married for an amazing 74 years.
Sylvia was an active member of the Fair Haven Methodist Church most of her adult life.
Her favorite pastimes were reading, embroidering, crocheting, and painting ceramics
figurines. She enjoyed being around people, especially family. Her children have
wonderful memories of her driving them to music lessons and patiently waiting for them,
and for being a role model of not being afraid of hard work or learning something new.
Her grandchildren remember her teaching them how to crochet, spending Sunday
afternoons visiting her and helping gather chicken eggs, sledding down the snowy hill
outback followed by a cup of hot cocoa, bottle feeding an orphaned calf, and spending
We all miss her dearly—her loving smile and kind heart. Safe journey.
Sylvia is survived by her husband, two daughters, Judith (Ronald) Bushman and Linda
(Steve Clayworth) Turnbaugh, two granddaughters, Christine (Mark Sotelo) Bushman,
and Julie (Rick Shippee) Bushman, great grandchildren, Sierra Sotelo and Bridgette
(Jake Butler) Sotelo, step great-great granddaughter Autumn, niece Mary Ann
Turnbaugh, nephew Russell Brown, and several more nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are being made by Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling, IL. A private
memorial service is pending. The family requests no flowers. Memorial monies will go to
the FISH Food Pantry.
Condolences may be sent to www.schillingfuneralhome.com