May 24, 1960 - October 22, 2021
Sykora, Carla Sue age 61, of Minnetonka, passed away peacefully on October 22, 2021. Preceded in death by parents, Donald and Matilda Tavis, in-laws, Lavern and Winifred Sykora, daughter Laura Sykora, and brother-in-laws Jim Sykora, Bud Keith, Mike Gosney and niece, Courtney. Survived by husband, Richard, daughters Amanda and Denise (Cameron), sisters Brenda Keith, Carol (Dave) Blomberg, sister-in-laws Martha and Nancy Sykora, Cathy (Charlie) Thooft, nephews, Dave (Kelly), Brian, Phill, Dan (Jessica), Matt (Lisa), Adam, Andrew (Andrea), Max, Peter, and Adam, nieces, Anna (Dean) and Katari, great nephews, Duke and Jackson, as well as countless loved ones. Carla was born in Albert Lea, MN on May 24, 1960. She grew up on the family farm, where she played with her sisters and her pet chicken Rocky. From strong German roots, she learned the importance of faith and family. She graduated from Albert Lea High School before attending Minnesota State - Mankato where she met the love of her life, Rich, on her first day of school. Carla and Rich were married on September 5, 1981 and moved to Minneapolis. She began working at IDS as an administrative assistant, where she worked until she retired after nearly 25 years. Rich and Carla moved to Minnetonka in 1988 to start raising a family. This is where they built their life - founded on faith, love and laughter. Chances are you could catch Carla outside gardening, talking with anyone who passed by, or sitting in the porch on her rocking chair, reading her latest book. Carla was an avid volunteer of her time and talents. She was a board member of REAL for nine years, and sponsored multiple REAL girls. As a reading enthusiast she volunteered with Rocking Readers in Minneapolis Public Schools, and then at the Minnetonka school district. Devote to her faith community, Carla volunteered each Tuesday morning in the Church office. You could find true joy on Carla's face as she was shredding documents. Church is where she found a new passion, acting in various performances. She was an Altar Guild member - known to get out all of the red wine stains. However, she may have been told she was laughing too loudly during a service or two, as her laugh was loud, deep and infectious. That's how we knew where to find her - listening for the sound of her laugh. One of Carla's greatest gifts was her ability to love unconditionally. She not only gave money to the Salvation Army but also bought a candy bar for the bell ringers to thank them for their time. Just like her father - Carla had the gift of gab. Which resulted in Carla building strong relationships with any person she met - from the bank teller to the employees at the grocery store to her dearest friends. Many cards were sent to an incredible number of people, making sure holidays were celebrated, a dumb joke was told, and each person knew they were loved. Carla's true passion and joy was being with her family. For 40 years she and Rich traveled, golfed, and enjoyed every moment with dear friends and family. There were many things she loved about him, but there was nothing better than when she could make him laugh at one of her incredibly dumb jokes. Her daughters, Amanda and Denise, had the honor and privilege of having a mother who gave unconditional love. Carla never missed a moment with them - she always picked up the phone, offered great advice, and was always by their side whenever they needed her. Carla will be deeply and fiercely missed. There is no one who had more joy, light, and love than she did. Her family, friends, and community will always be grateful for every moment of love she brought into their lives. Funeral service Thursday November 4, at 10 am at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 4801 France Ave S, Minneapolis. Visitation Wednesday November 3 from 4-7 pm at Washburn McReavy 5000 West 50th St, Edina and 1 hour prior to prior to the service at the Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Resources for the Enrichment of African Lives (REAL), American Cancer Society, and Concordia Lutheran Church of Pickerel Lake, Albert Lea. In addition, please consider bringing a new or slightly used book that will be collected at the funeral home and church to be donated in Carla's honor.
Sykora, Carla Sue age 61, of Minnetonka, passed away peacefully on October 22, 2021. Preceded in death by parents, Donald and Matilda Tavis, in-laws, Lavern and Winifred Sykora, daughter Laura Sykora, and brother-in-laws Jim Sykora, Bud Keith,... View Obituary & Service Information
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