Her Story is a BIG DEAL...Sylvia Henkin

Her Story IS a BIG DEAL...Sylvia Henkin

By Rick Lingberg

The question was recently put to me, "How many times in your life do you get to be a part of something really big? My thought was, for most of us, not often if ever. I can't say that anymore. 

SHenkin 250Near the end of her life Sylvia Henkin’s daughter, Susan McGowan, pointed out, "If my brother or I should pass, most likely, the service will be small with just immediate family and a few close friends in attendance. However, you know when mom goes, it's going to have to be a BIG DEAL." Sylvia passed away April 30, 2018. Over 700 people attended Sylvia's memorial service at the Mary W. Sommervold Hall Theatre at the Washington Pavillion in Sioux Falls… it was a BIG DEAL. I know, I was there. 

Recognized as "The Grand Dame of Sioux Falls" (you'd have a hard time finding anyone who would disagree) her reputation as a community leader, friend-to-many and champion of causes is unquestioned and widely known. How she blossomed into such a BIG DEAL was a story her daughter Susan and son Joe Henkin wanted to tell when they sat down with me to record "The Birth of a Passion".

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 Sylvia Henkin was a 1993 inductee of the South Dakota Hall of Fame.  See her bio here.

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