2017-08-09 / Obituaries



Lydia Priehs, age 92, passed away Sunday, July 30, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. She was born June 11, 1925 in Russo, North Dakota, the eleventh child of Roman and Tatiana Baklenko. She married Dick Priehs in 1954 in Detroit. They moved to Carsonville with their two children in 1970. After Dick’s death, she moved to Port Sanilac, and most recently moved to Madison, Wisconsin in 2013.

Lydia was raised on the family farm in North Dakota. She graduated from Velva High School. Although she never attended college, for a time she was a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse. After WWII, she followed several of her sisters to Detroit and worked as a secretary in the auto industry. The four youngest sisters loved to sing and formed a group who performed with the USO. After getting married, Lydia left her career to raise her family, but later returned to the workforce at Numatics in Sandusky, until her retirement.

Lydia enjoyed being around people, loved to garden, and was rarely without a fresh bouquet of flowers in her home. She also continued to sing and would occasionally play the harmonica. She was a kind-hearted person with a great capacity for forgiveness and was unfailingly dedicated to family.

Lydia is survived by one son, Grant (Alan) of Madison, Wisconsin; one sister, Fran Amyuni of Sterling Heights; two grandchildren, Roman and Sienna, and many nieces and nephews scattered across the country. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick (1999) and her daughter, Laurel Bombyk (2013). Funeral service was held at the Pomeroy Funeral Home in Carsonville. Rev. Barry Sheldon officiated. Burial was in St. John Lutheran Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church in Port Sanilac. www.pomeroyfuneralhomes.com

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