Public memorial service scheduled for Sylvia Henkin

Sylvia Henkin

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - The public will soon be able to pay their respects to a woman who broke barriers and helped shape Sioux Falls' media landscape.

A memorial service will be held for Sylvia Henkin at 4 p.m. on May 14 at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science.

The family requests that memorials be directed to the South Dakota Symphony or to Lifescape.

Henkin died on April 30 at the age of 96.

She, along with her husband, Morton, ran KSOO Radio in the 1950's. She played an instrumental role in the company's founding of a television station, KSOO-TV - which would eventually evolve into KSFY-TV.

A native of Sheldon, Iowa, Henkin would go on to become a leader in many of Sioux Falls organizations. She was the first woman to be appointed as president of the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce.