Sylvi Helene Johnsen

Sylvi Helene Johnsen, of League City, passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2023 at her home in Legaue City at the age of 77. She was born on March 5, 1946 in Tromsoe Norway to Carl and Hjørdis Andersen.

Sylvi grew up in Tromsø Norway. She met and married her beloved Roy in Tromsø Norway. She worked in the restaurant and hotel industry where she ended up at the SAS Radisson Hotel. She moved to Houston in 1982 for Roys job opening a chemical storage facility for Odfjell. After a few years at home she got her travel agents license. She worked at Heitmann travel for a while before buying her own travel agency in the Clear Lake area. She had a successful travel agency, Scandic World Travel for many years before relocating to Hirtshals Denmark for nine years. When her first grandchild, Ingrid, was born they moved back to Houston. Sylvi loved and cherished her grandchildren above everything. She was extremely happy to live so close to them and spent many hours at their elementary school. All the children knew “Mormor” and loved when she brought them “melke sjokolade”. She traveled all over the world and especially liked traveling to Norway, cruised and Mexico with her family. We had a wonderful last vacation to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico in August if 2023. She was an accomplished home cook. She had lots of dinner parties at her house. Christmas was a favorite, her house was decorated beautifully and lots of Norwegian food was made. Sylvi loved animals and always had a dog or two. Bella and Bow were with her through her illness and gave her great comfort. She spent a lot of time volunteering and enjoying the Norwegian Seaman’s Church in Houston. She had lots of ex par Norwegian friends and enjoyed their weekly “Viking Lunch” group.

She was preceded in death by her husband Roy “Captain Roy” Johnsen, sister Mette Andersen, Mother Hjørdis Andersen, Father Carl Andersen, sister in law Karin Andersen and beloved nephew Martin Andersen.

Sylvi is survived by her daughter Aleth Merethe Cates and husband Doug, brother Jan Hugo and wife Teri, brother Carl Morten and wife Sidsel, grandchildren Ingrid Cates and Magnus Cates, nieces, Catrine Trygstad and Anja Szast Andersen with families

A Ceremony will be held on Friday, November 17, 2023 at 12:00pm at Norwegian Seamans Church in Houston, 4309 Young Street, Pasadena, Texas 77504.

In lieu of flowers, you may send memorials to Norwegian Seamans Church in Houston, 4309 Young Street, Pasadena, Texas 77504.


  1. Dear Merethe, we are so sorry to hear about Sylvia passing. Please accept our sincere condolences and know that both Sylvia and Roy will be in our hearts as long as we live. One day we hopefully will meet up and memorise the lovely time we had together. She will be sadly missed.

    Knut, Marian and Family.
  2. Our sincere condolences on the passing of Sylvia. She was a special lady and will be sadly missed. God Bless you Merethe and your Family

    Marian Dybvik
  3. Always in my heart forever together with Roy!

  4. I am very grateful for the precious time we had together. God bless her memory!

    Asbjorn Vilkensen
  5. To Merethe,Doug, Magnus, Ingrid and beloved extended family,

    Jan, myself and Vicki send our heartfelt love, thoughts,prayers and hugs to you all.
    You are in our hearts and we are so sad and sorry for the loss of Sylvi from this life and we are comforted that she is forever at peace and rest and with the Lord ,rejoicing with all the angels and saints ❤️

    Terri and Jan Andersen
  6. Kjære Merethe med familie.

    Kondolerer så mye med at kusine Sylvi er gått ut av tiden. Ikke uventet, men allikevel tungt når dagen er der. Her i Tromsø hender det at jeg passerer huset hun vokste opp i på Bjerkaker. Alltid fine minner derfra.

    Sender deg og dine mange varme tanker.

    Gunn Irene Cornels
  7. Kjære Merethe med familie
    Så leit å høre at din mor, barnas mormor og svigermor har gått inn i evigheten. Jeg minnes Sylvi med kjærlighet og lyser fred over Sylvi sitt minne🌹

    Merete Kurrak
  8. Merethe og Doug,
    Our sincere condolences. We are gratefull for good memories of Sylvi and Roy.

    Marianne & Robert Grepperud

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