SAN ANTONIO – Sylvia Grill Walsh Flenner, 83, died Tuesday, April 1, 2008. She was born July 20, 1924, in New York City, to Esther Roepke and Saul Grill, who met on a ship while returning to the United States from Europe after World War I. Losing her mother in early infancy, Sylvia was raised by her aunt/stepmother, Ellen Grill; and her Grandmother Roepke. Sylvia’s early schooling was done in New York and then Washington, D.C., where she graduated from St. Roses. As her first job, Sylvia worked for the State Department Code Room from 1943 to 1946. After that, she began working for the Foreign Service as a secretary at the London Conference of Foreign Ministers at the end of World War II. Sylvia transferred to the Consulate General in Munich, Germany, for four years, in Berlin for two years and then the Consulate in Yokohama, Japan, for two years. Sylvia was then assigned to Costa Rica in 1957, where she met Robert. She and Robert were married in 1958. They moved to Washington, where she worked in the Department of State for Passport and Visa offices. Their son, Robert, was born in 1960 and when he was one year old the family moved to Luanda Angola, Africa, where they worked in U.S. Consulate General for five years. The family moved back to the U.S., where Robert worked at the State Department until he retired 1968. In Maine, Sylvia assisted Robert in his position as Head of Administration at Maine Maritime Academy. In 1990 when they both retired, they moved to downtown San Antonio, where they lived just off the River Walk. Sylvia is survived by her husband, Robert H. Flenner; son, Robert Lawrence Flenner and his wife, Patricia; stepson, John Wareham Flenner; bro-ther, Robert B. Grill and his wife, Laura; and her brother’s three children, Robert, Marisa and John. Services will be held this summer in Castine. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to CARE, P.O. Box 1871, Marrisfield, VA 22116, San Antonio Food Bank, 5200 W. Old Hwy 90, San Antonio, TX 78227, SAMMinistries, 5254 Blanco Road, San Antonio, TX 78216 and No Kill Shelter at the Animal Defense League, 11300 Nacogdoches Road, San Antonio, TX 78217. Arrangements with Porter Loring, 1101 McCullough, San Antonio. You are invited to sign the guest book at