Sylvester (BooBee) Arnold Mews, age 89, entered heaven to be with Jesus on Monday, December 21, 2020 at Aster Assisted Living, with his family surrounding him with love.
Visitation and Service will be held at Hansen – Schilling Funeral Home, 1010 East Veterans Parkway, Marshfield, on Thursday January 7, 2021. Visitation is 9am to11am, with the service starting at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Faith Bosmans of New Harvest Church will be officiating the service. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery. Then everyone is invited back to the funeral home for a celebration lunch with lots of Sylvester’s favorite foods.
Syl was born March 10, 1931 in Auburndale to John and Augusta (Panzloff) Mews. As he grew up, he helped on the farm with his dad. But he also bragged about helping his mom thread her needles for her when she was fixing clothes. As he got older, he drove trucks for Bluhm delivering cheese boxes. He also worked at the cheese factory, but then he was drafted into the Army in 1951. He served during the Korean Conflict. His main job was driving the command staff from location to location. When he was about to be shipped off to Korea, the war ended. He was discharged from active duty in 1954 and did reserves until December 1959. He got a job at Consolidated Mill, the Biron Division, in 1955. He worked there for 37 years and retired in 1992.
Syl enjoyed many different things. His first love for many years was watching the Packers, NASCAR races and the Brewers. He loved to fish and go out on the pontoon. He spent many summer nights at the racetrack cheering on the local racers with his granddaughter and sons. He enjoyed going to tractor shows and thrasherees while reminiscing and drooling over the big John Deere and Farmall tractors. He always had the polka music on and ready to talk about how his sister Jeanie taught him to dance. He loved ice cream so much that there is a standing joke in the family of how long the ice cream in his freezer would last; he was known to empty a container overnight. He tells people he got his best Christmas present ever a few years ago: something to complete his name. He got a yellow parakeet named Tweety. Sylvester and Tweety were great companions and were always talking to each other.
Sylvester is survived by his 4 children: Terry Mews of Wisconsin Rapids, Debbie Mews of Necedah, and Timm Mews (Patty) of Marshfield. He is also survived by his 6 grandchildren: Zachariah Mews, Erin Mews, and Amy Mews.
He was predeceased in death by his parents and brothers, Harvey Mews, Ervin Mews, Edward Hamus, Clarence Hamus, and sisters, Elaine Huebner, Frances Oertel, Minnie Ress, Jean Bushman and Viola Ress.
The family would like to thank Aster Assisted living staff and Heartland Hospice for all the excellent care and attention given to Sylvester. We greatly appreciate your support during this time. He may have been feisty, but we know he appreciated all your care.
In lieu of flowers, the family is setting up a fund to purchase a memorial bench to be placed at the Marshfield Super Speedway in his honor. This is a place where Sylvester could be found many summer nights with a smile on his face and a greasy burger in his hands. As he got older, standing in line became a hardship. We spoke to the owner and found out that this has been a need for a while, as the elderly patrons have a hard time standing. The bench will be placed before the first race in 2021.
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