- August 1, 1935 - December 11, 2012
- San Diego, California
of Sydney's Passing
- I lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial contributions be made to
3660 Clairemont Drive #4
San Diego, CA 92122
Mother Antonia Edist Servants of Eleventh Hour
3542 Governor Drive
San Diego, CA 92122
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“I can't believe it's been a year since you passed away, Aunt Syd. I think of you often. Your passing has left a big hole in our family. I find...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: Leilani Green - Concord, CA
“Syd will always be in my heart and will think of her often, she will be missed by all of us and the the "Flakes will not be the same without her." ...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: MARTHA HODGE - San Diego, CA
“john--our love and prayers are with you all--syd's service was unbelievable---what a great tribute!!!
3 of 21 | Posted by: beth machado and art dioli
“T all the Family.
I can't think of a thing thru the tears. I will always love and miss her.
There are so many happy things to remember and I will get...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: Onnie - LAS VEGAS, NV - FRIEND
“Dear Walsh Family....Jacque and I extend our most sincere condolences. Syd meant so much to our community. We watched Heather grow up and become a...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Barry/Jacqueline Bernstein - CA
“Our thoughts and prayers remain with you and yours during this difficult time.
While we have not kept in touch over the decade,s some thoughts...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Kathie Faulhaber Murphy - IL
“Syd will be missed by her family and many friends. I got to know Syd in the Mystical Rose Guild. She was a special person and a very accomplished...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Evelyn Rick - CA - Friend
“Dear John and Syd's family,
We send our love, our prayers and a $100 contribution to the Mother Antonia Eudist Servants of the 11th Hour. It will...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: Claire & Roy Hughes - San Diego, CA
“To John and Family; Our deepest sympathies on the passing of Syd. She was a wonderful and caring person and indeed a classy lady. We were privileged...Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: Bill and Delores - San Diego, CA
“Syd was one of the finest women I've ever known. An example of courage in adversity. A kind, loving person with a great sense of humor. I have many...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Genie Remoll - Simpsonville, SC
“Syd was an amazing and giving woman who will be missed by all. Just reading about her accomplishments and awards shows how special she was and how...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Cathy Remoll Torres
“Dear John and family,
We send our sincere sympathy and love to you at this most difficult time. Our friendship goes back so many wonderful years. ...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Pat v Buttemer - San Diego, CA
“Syd and John were the first people we met in University City 30 years ago. Syd sold us our home, welcomed us to the community, and into the group of...Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: Jim and Judy Bethel - San diego, CA
“Syd was a wonderful friend. She will be missed by everyone.
14 of 21 | Posted by: Barbara Hess - Colorado Springs, CO
“I will miss you, but I know you are now in a better place. Say "Hi" to all our family and friends up there with you. You will always stay in my...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: Katherine Anderson - San Diego, CA
“Syd was a happy, gentle soul who loved to tell stories. Most of the stories were about things that happened to her or someone in her family. We all...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: Nancy Meader - San Diego, SC
“Dear John and family,
The Minnesota Kelletts send our deepest condolences to all of you. We still remember the fun time we had with all of you when...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Sue and Mike Kellett - MN
“Rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family during this time.
Golden Triangle Republican Women...Read More »
18 of 21 | Posted by: Ani Morrow
“You were always a winner at Bunco. The Table of Wisdom has lost a great friend.
I know you are with Mother planning a great party for St Patrick's...Read More »
19 of 21 | Posted by: Ed & Juidie Jilka - San Diego, CA
I am so sorry about Sydney. She was always so positive and enthusiastic no matter what her circumstances. Her many years of volunteering...Read More »
20 of 21 | Posted by: Christie Walsh - San Diego, CA
“John, Kevin, Tim, Brian and Heather -- Tim, Amelia and I are so sorry to hear about Syd's death. She was a lovely, fun person and I'm very grateful...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: Mary Dieter - Zionsville, IN
Sydney Ann Walsh passed to heaven on the morning of December 11, 2012 peacefully at her home of more than forty years, surrounded by her family in University City, CA. Syd lived 77, giving, loving, and devoted years. Syd is survived by her husband John, children Kevin, Tim, Brian, and Heather and grandchildren Patrick, Brennan, Matthew, Aidan, Savahanna, Bailey, and Brieanna. She was predeceased by her oldest daughter Katy.
Syd was born on August 1, 1935 to Halton and Marion Green in Aurora, Illinois, and grew up with her siblings Dan, Greg, and Stacey. She attended Quincy College and graduated from Marshall University. At Quincy, she met her husband of nearly 55 years, John Walsh. Syd and John married on December 28, 1957 in Huntington, WV. Syd and John moved eleven times in ten years before they settled in University City and raised their family.
Aside from being a mother of five, Syd worked tirelessly for others her entire life. She began as a social worker for Catholic Charities in Chicago, and then worked as a real estate agent in University City for thirty years. In the community she was the 1st treasurer of University of Bobby Sox, a board member of University City Little League, and headed the St. Vincent's Clothing Drive. Syd devoted her life to her faith where she was a Grand Lady Knight, and worked at Birthline and countless other faith based charities.
Syd has been recognized throughout her life for her efforts. She was named "Woman of the Year" of North West Nevada, one of the 15 Most Outstanding Women of San Diego and recipient of the Matthew :25 recognition through her church.
When Syd did find time for herself she spent it with her many groups of friends, "The Flakes", "Table of Wisdom", and "Mystical Rose Guild" and her Bunco group.
Syd lived a life of devoted faith, unwavering patriotism, and unconditional love. She was an extraordinary volunteer who truely lived her principles.When asked what was the best time of her life she responded "Its all been good". She would say her secret to life was to "Live each day for the day, and put faith in God".
Please go to "LIFE STORIES" to view "My First Christmas in Heaven " poem and Heather Grennan's tribute to her mom