Sylvia Siljeholm Alden passed away March 27, 2020, at the Knox Center where she was convalescing after a brief illness.

Born in Evanston, Ill. in 1939, as a first generation American; the oldest daughter of Carl Alfred and Karin Siljeholm, who both emigrated from Sweden in the early 1930s. In 1944, the Siljeholms moved to Newton, Ga., where they settled down and her father Alfred eventually started a construction company.

Growing up, Sylvia developed an interest in music and piano.  She took piano lessons and dreamed of becoming a concert pianist. In 1957, she graduated from Baker County High School in Newton and set off to Newberry College in Newberry, S.C. Dreams change, and in 1961 she graduated with a bachelor's degree in general commerce.

After college, Sylvia worked briefly as a secretary and Junior Analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency. It was during this time by her roommate, she met John Alden, a young officer in the Navy, at a party.

On Jan. 9, 1965, she married John, a native of Rockland. Together they traveled and raised two kids, moving where the Navy sent them: Taipei, Taiwan, Florida, Maryland, Arizona, California and South Carolina. In 1980, John retired from the Navy and they moved to Owls Head.

Sylvia was a ‘people person’ who enjoyed and had a knack for teaching. She taught English at the Republic of China Naval Academy as well as the Chinese Petroleum Company in Taiwan.

For more than 20 years she worked as a Chapter One Aide and Ed Tech at Rockland District Junior High as well as the then newly built Middle School on Broadway in Rockland. In between teaching gigs, she had a variety of jobs that included being a unit sales manager for Stanley Home Products and temping as a secretary at a variety of businesses.

Sylvia had a kind, loving spirit people were naturally drawn to. Coupled with John’s calm, wise demeanor and their combined generous spirit, there were not many nights when their kids lived at home there wasn’t an extra kid or two at the dinner table. The couple enjoyed having young people around and were very active parents at school events such as dances, sports, field trips and band trips.

Sylvia and John shared a love for travel, entertaining, playing bridge, as well music and dancing. They enjoyed going to local dances and dance halls and though they really shined at ballroom dancing, could also be found dancing to Country and other types of music. At parties Sylvia, who loved to entertain, would sometimes show off her own special dance dubbed the ‘Georgia Stroll’, which was sure to bring a smile. She also enjoyed cooking and hosting parties.

For many years after moving to Maine, the Aldens hosted a Christmas Breakfast for family and friends. Sylvia would prepare some Swedish treats such as Swedish meatballs, and bullar which is a cardamom and cinnamon sweet bread, as well as other recipes she’d picked up in their travels. Over the years there were many parties and cookouts at their home along Crescent Beach in Owls Head.

After the death of her husband in 2001, she continued to enjoy traveling to visit her children as well as for family reunions. She made several more trips to Sweden to visit relatives, and took a family vacation to Hawaii to visit military friends.

She loved games and puzzles. She started playing bridge weekly with a group at the Owls Head Community Center, and her daily routine included working on a crossword puzzle during breakfast and watching Wheel of Fortune at night. She was always looking for partners to play cards, Rummikub or to put a puzzle together.

Sylvia is survived by her daughter Cristina Alden of Leominster, Mass.; son Dave Alden and his wife, Marcie; grandson Luke of Burbank, Calif.; sister Karin Tabb of Leary, Ga.; brother Carl Alfred ‘Freddy’ Siljeholm, of Baker County, Ga.; nieces Amy Tabb Smith, Monica Siljehom-Jensen, Carla Siljeholm; nephew Robbie Tabb and their families as well as an aunt and several cousins and their families in Sweden.

Services will be held at a later date. To share a memory or condolence with the Alden family, visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com.