Sylvia C. Carey

July 15, 1933 ~ September 5, 2020 (age 87)


Sylvia Carey, age 87, of Battle Creek, beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away Saturday, September 5, 2020, at Care Community Residence.  She was born July 15, 1933, in Monroe, Michigan, the daughter of  Christina and Edward Lickfeldt.

Sylvia played organ for several Battle Creek funeral homes, Custer Chapel, and played at several weddings at various venues.  She taught piano and organ lessons in the Battle Creek area.  She volunteered her talents to Springfield High School choir and theater.  In addition, she worked as a phone operator, and for several years as secretary to Dr. Ratzlaff.

Sylvia traveled to Haiti on a mission trip, attended community college with her daughter, and attended docent training at Binder Park Zoo.  She had a deep love for animals and enjoyed feeding the birds, oil painting, and continued her music education late in life.  She greatly enjoyed her family, especially large gatherings.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Jonalyn Carey, her daughter, Lisa Carey, and daughter and son- in -law, Dollie and Bryce Cain.  Her grandchildren Kayla, Bryce Jr., and Lauren Cain, Genna and Eric Carey.  Her great grandchild, Isaiah Long.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; James A. Carey,  and daughter; Sheila M. Harvey.

Memorial contributions in Sylvia’s memory can be made to Calhoun County Animal Center, Battle Creek, MI, or Saving Wild Tigers research at

Sylvia’s family would like to extend a special thanks to Henry Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 13, 2020, at Richard A. Henry Funeral Home & Cremation Services.  A service to honor her life will be held at 11:00  a.m., Monday, September 14, 2020, at Custer Chapel, Springfield, MI.  Due to covid-19 state regulations, face masks are required, and social distancing will apply.    Condolences may be left for the family at


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September 13, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Richard A. Henry Funeral Home
703 Capital Ave. SW
Battle Creek, MI 49015

Celebration of Life
September 14, 2020

11:00 AM
Custer Chapel
560 General Avenue
Springfield, MI 49037

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