Written by The Herald-News
Sylvia Budak Taflan, 88, a lifelong Poplar-area resident, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at Faith Home in Wolf Point.
The oldest of four children, she was born at home Oct. 19, 1925, to Romanian immigrant parents Matt and Laurentia Budak in Chelsea. She attended Poplar Schools before enrolling in the College of St. Catherine’s in St. Paul, Minn., where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree, a rare event for women of that era.
After graduation, she worked in social services in Youngstown, Ohio, while living with her mother’s twin sister, Sylvia. There, she met her future husband of 63 years, John Taflan of Salem, Ohio. They moved to Poplar in 1951 to help on her father’s farm and ranch while her only brother, George, served in the U.S. Navy. They remained in the area to begin building their own spread.
She was a member of the Poplar Women’s Club, American Legion Auxiliary Post 55, the Women’s Lions Club, the Elks Club, the Altar Society of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Poplar, where she was an active lifelong member.
She enjoyed playing bridge, dancing, gardening and traveling. A milestone in her life was a two-week European trip she took with her son Jeff. She also visited her cousins in Romania with husband John and son Joe. She took great joy and pride in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom she visited as often as she could.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Jane; and two grandchildren.
She is survived by husband, John; sister, Lucretia Popa of Columbia Falls; brother, George Budak of Poplar; children, John of Elmhurst, Ill., Jim of Helena, Joe of Bloomington, Ill., Jeff of Lake Balboa, Calif., Jane of Poplar, Jerome of Poplar and Julie of Great Falls; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place and memorial services with Sunday liturgy will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Poplar at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 24. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point handled the arrangements.