Sylvia Ann (Zelenka) Pagett

Sylvia Ann (Zelenka) Pagett

December 31, 1933 – January 7, 2022

Sylvia Ann (Zelenka) Pagett was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on December 31, 1933 to Anton Zelenka and Anna Novak. At the age of thirteen, she was the sole survivor of an auto accident that took the life of her mother and maternal grandmother. From then on Sylvia was raised by her father (Anton Zelenka) and maternal grandfather (Vaclav Novak). She attended St. Wenceslaus Elementary School and went on to attend Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, graduating in 1951.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William “Bill” Pagett; daughter-in-law, Deanna Adams; and great-granddaughter, Ellie Jane Meyer. She is survived by children: Mark Adams, Phillip Adams (Deanne), Jeffrey Pagett (Ellen), Scott Pagett (Ronda), and Greg Pagett; grandchildren: Kristin Lewis (Todd), Jennyie Adams, Jordan Adams, Jessica Adams, Tim Pagett (Kate Simmons), Sara Pagett (Derek Meyer), Michael Pagett, Billy Pagett (Kayla), Brittney Ladd (Nick), and Keevan Pagett; great-grandchildren: Rory Lewis, Austin Adams, Tye Inich, Baylor Inich, Houston Inich, Aiden Young, Jett Meyer, and Liliann Ladd.

Sylvia was a strong-minded woman who loved her family. She wanted to have one last Christmas and birthday before she went home. On January 7, 2022, she asked her daddy to take her home and he answered.

VISITATION will be held on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at 9:30 a.m., followed by MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 10:30 a.m., all at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 20500 West Maple Road, Elkhorn, NE.  A luncheon will follow Mass. Private burial at Bohemian Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or online at To view a live broadcast of the Mass, please go to and click the “View Live Cast” button on the home page.

“There are no good-byes, wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.”  Mahatma Gandhi



  • Lois DeLay Posted January 9, 2022 9:44 pm

    So sorry for your Loss may gif bless you in your time of sorrow hugs

  • David Dwyer Rose Posted January 12, 2022 10:30 am

    sylvia was like my sister. She and her mother babysat me when I was a baby and I had the joy of babysitting her noys. Mark, Phillip, Jeff etal may she live on in the wonderful memories she gave us and in the loving person she was. I am sorry for your loss.

  • Donny Swingholm Posted January 12, 2022 2:30 pm

    So sorry for your loss

  • Toni Kester Posted January 13, 2022 9:47 pm

    From the first day I met Sylvia all she did was talk and talk and talk about her 5 boys:) and their families! She loved her family more than anything. I am grateful to call Sylvia my friend and enjoyed the time I had with her

  • Maureen Sawatzki Posted January 14, 2022 10:14 am

    RIP Sylvia. My love and prayers for her family. May God comfort her family. A beautiful ❤️ woman inside and out

  • Barbara (Hendry) Horton Posted January 15, 2022 7:24 am

    So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family. Sylvia was always so kind and loving any time that I talk to her while I was growing up. May God comfort your family during this time and going forward.

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