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Roselyn T Sylla

Roselyn T Sylla

Roselyn T Sylla, age 83 of Elmwood, died the evening of May 23rd, 2024, at the Pigeon Falls Health Care Center in Pigeon Falls, WI surrounded by her family.

Roselyn was born September 13, 1940, in the Township of Burnside, rural Arcadia. She was the daughter of Ernest and Polly (Kampa) Puchalla and grew up in the Independence community. As a young girl, Roselyn first learned to speak English while attending SS Peter and Paul Catholic school, having only known Polish up to that point. After graduating from Independence High School in 1958, Roselyn went to work at Trempealeau County Title and Abstract until she married William “Bill” Sylla, on Oct 14, 1961, at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church-Independence. After marrying, Roselyn and Bill moved to Menona, Iowa, for Bill’s job, and while there started their family with the birth of their first child, Karen. In 1964 they moved back to Wisconsin, and purchased their forever home in rural Elmwood where they raised their seven children and continued to live for the next 60 years.

As a farmgirl and first-born sibling, Roselyn took on the responsibility of running a household at a very early age, raising her two youngest brothers so her Ma could help her Pa with the farm. These formative years helped develop Roselyn’s natural talents—nurturing, leading, teaching, planning, organizing, while honing her superior culinary, creative and life skills.

Together with Bill, Roselyn worked to provide opportunities for their seven children. Even as their family fanned out across the country and world, Roselyn & Bill continued to support them across the miles, often traveling extensively to attend a grandchild’s baptism, First Communion, or Confirmation. They traveled many miles to celebrate marriages, share birthdays, graduations, concerts, recitals, and sporting events. In addition to her devotion to family, Roselyn still found time to give back to the community. She was a faithful member of Elmwood’s Sacred Heart Catholic Church and served in many capacities: Altar & Rosary Society, Choir, catechism program, Ecumenical Choir, rosary leader, and Eucharistic ministry. Roselyn also enjoyed participating in many community events held by the Rock Elm’s Old Settler’s and Elmwood’s Enrichment Council.

Roselyn is survived by her husband, Bill; children, Karen Sylla of Red Wing, MN, Margaret Pfeffer of Sacramento, CA, Michelle (Bryan) Bowes of Severna Park, MD, Bill (Monica) Sylla of Portsmouth, NH, Susan (Mark) Pitman of Snoqualmie, WA, and Tom (Ricci) Sylla of Newark, CA; brothers Jim (LaVonne) Puchalla and Andy (Carol) Puchalla of Independence. She is further survived by 12 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Roselyn is preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Cheryl, granddaughter, Alexandra Pitman, and a brother, Dominic “Duke” Puchalla.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on June 11, 2024, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood. Burial will be in the church cemetery immediately following the funeral. A Celebration of Life will be held at Club 10 in Durand, WI following the services.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Monday, June 10, at the Elmwood Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rosary prayed at 6:30. Visitation will also be held prior to mass from 10:00  to 11:00.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Elmwood, is serving the family.


  1. Amy Jolicoeur (Glaus)

    Sending prayers and sympathy to the family.
    May God comfort you during this difficult time.

  2. Janet Bethke-Ede

    My sympathy to the Sylla' family. She was a wonderful person.

  3. John & Jodell (Krause) Marson

    Our deepest sympathy to the Sylla family. Roselyn was a very kind and caring person, always there for others.
    May the God of love comfort you and the love of God surround you.

  4. Gus & Angie Klimek

    Bill & Family, Sending Prayers and Sympathy to you all. It was a tough journey, but you all did an amazing job in caring for your wife and mother, Roselyn. God Bless. Gus & Angie Klimek

  5. Joe and Jan (Krause) Drier

    Bill and Family, Sending our Deepest Sympathy, Hugs and Prayers to you all!! I picture all the birthday club ladies having a game of cards!! RIP Roselyn..

  6. Joe Weber

    My thoughts are with Bill and family. Roselyn was a wonderful lady.

  7. Ellen Drangstveit

    Bill and family, so sorry to hear of Roselyn’s passing.we sure enjoyed your visit last month at the facility.
    Sympathy to all.

  8. Dave & Rosemary pientok

    Bill .. David & I recall and will cherish memories of our fun dating years long as we are alive. Roselyn was a special person…

  9. marge binkowski

    Peace to all the Sylla Family. Sympathy to you all.

  10. Chris and Arnie Bauer

    Thoughts and prayers to Roselyn and family.

  11. Faust Family

    Our deepest condolences to the Sylla family. May your happy memories give you peace and comfort during this challenging time.

  12. Theresa Ruff

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill and the beautiful family they created. Roselyn is amongst the Angels now. May she rest is peace.

  13. Judi (Krause) & Gary Bauer

    Our deepest sympathy Bill and to your family
    Roselyn was a great friend to my Mom Marian after we lost our father.
    The neighborhood gals are together again. Playing cards in heaven. RIP Roselyn was a very special lady.

  14. Suzi Crownhart

    Bill and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Roselyn was a beautiful, kind soul. May she Rest In Peace.

  15. Dennis & Ramona Schneider

    Our thought and prayers are with you Bill and Families.

  16. Allan and Pat Baier

    Bill, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers to you and your family.
    Al and Pat

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