1932 – 2016

AUBURN — Sylvia Flagg (Stroheker) Folkenroth, 84, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, was peacefully gathered up in her sleep by the hands of the Lord and delivered into Heaven’s realm.

Sylvia was born in Buckland, Mass., on July 19, 1932, and grew up in New Gloucester, attending New Gloucester High School and New Gloucester Congregational Christian Church.

She was a direct descendent of Gershom Flagg, the architect of Pownalborough Court House in Dresden and Old Fort Western in Augusta.

Sylvia played guard on the championship high school basketball team. After losing one game in freshman year, that team remained undefeated the four years of high school. She was an Eastern Star.

Sylvia married Nelson A. Hood Jr. in 1950 and they were married for 23 years.

Sylvia loved all kinds of music, especially big bands, concert bands, and watching Lawrence Welk shows and reruns.

She was a big sports fan enjoying Patriots football, bull riding and others. Sylvia was a wonderful cook and also knitted beautiful baby clothes, afghans and shawls. She held a variety of jobs throughout her life; selling Sarah Coventry jewelry, working in school cafeterias, waitressing, General Electric in Auburn, and retired after working at Sears for many years.

Sylvia met and married Chief Warrent Officer 4 Jan “JP” Folkenroth, USN in 1976. He was a trombonist in concert and big bands, dance bands and swing bands. She loved going to these events and with her smile and outgoing personality, met with many people who shared her love of music.

She is survived by her husband, JP Folkenroth, USN (Ret.) of Auburn; her daughters, Deborah J. Hood Neumeister of Oakland, Louella J. Hood of Auburn, and Rickie Nelson Hood of Auburn; a stepdaughter, Davida Godden of York, Pa., with step-grandchildren, Ashley and Darien. She is also survived by her sister, Cynthia Stroheker, MSGT, USAF Ret. of Clinton, Utah; and a brother, Nuel G. Stroheker Jr. and his wife, Jeanne, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Sara Johnson of Jacksonville, Fla., Blake Neumiester of Vassalboro, Lindsey Neumeister of Smyrna, Ga., and Jacob Goodwin and partner, Kate Severance, of Laconia, N.H.; and six great-grandchildren.

Sylvia was predeceased by her parents, Sylvia Ware (Flagg) Stroheker and Nuel G. Stroheker Sr.

Sylvia passed XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX under the loving care of Androscoggin Hospice.


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