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“sorry for the lost & i wish i could have met my aunt, but i will get to 1 day ox Norman... ”
1 of 19 | Posted by: Norman Plake - tipton, IN

“Donat and Family,We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you,Richard & Linda Sylvestre ”
2 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Don and family, Jimmy, Jerry, I am so sorry for your loss. She may be gone but she will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Cousin Holly Ferrara - Greenville, NC

“Dear Roger & Family,I wish to extend my sincere condolences over the loss of your mother. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. ...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“Roger and Family, Please accept our deepest sympathy on your loss. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. ”
5 of 19 | Posted by: Mike and Heather Spellman - CT

“Mary,The CTSRC sends all of our prayers and thoughts of support to you in this time of need. May the happy memories you shared live in your hearts...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Geri Bouchard - CT

“Mrs. Sylvestre was my Honors Geometry teacher Freshman year at Ledyard High School in 1990. She is one of only two teachers in my entire education...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Katie Larson - England

“I love you gram! Love Stef and Melo ”
8 of 19 | Posted by: Stefanie Sylvestre - waterford, CT

“RogerI am so sorry to hear about your Mom she was a Great Lady My prayers for you and your family. ”
9 of 19 | Posted by: Lisa McGuire - Bozrah, CT

“Don & family,Please accept our deepest sympathy. Mary had such a wonderful sense of humor. I remember, as a child, when we'd visit, her playing...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Cousin -SHARON LIND - E GREENWICH, RI

“Thoughts and prayers are with you,Paul, and your family. Your mom was a great teacher,so funny... I laughed every day in her class... ”
11 of 19 | Posted by: JoAnn (Farrell) Smith - CT

“Donat and Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family-Mary was a dear friend and colleague- Mary will be dearly missed ”
12 of 19 | Posted by: Linda & Charlie Descheneaux - FL

“John So sorry for your loss. She sounds like a wonderful person...and I m sure our Lord God is smiling ...knowing she will soon be home. ”
13 of 19 | Posted by: janet preston - ledyard, CT

“Paul, John and Family,I am sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
14 of 19 | Posted by: Heather (Lemanski) Lammers - HI

“To Donat and Family,We want to express our deepest sympathy to all of you. Although we knew how it was going to end it's still a terrible feeling...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Anita and Bob Robideau - Naples, FL

“May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. ”
16 of 19 | Posted by: Dave/Kathleen Allred - Waterford, CT

“To the Sylvestre family,You're mother was one of the nicest people I have met. She knew how to make someone smile. All of you are in my prayers. ”
17 of 19 | Posted by: Therese Roush - Honolulu, HI

“May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. ”
18 of 19 | Posted by: Ellen Moran - Waterford, CT

“sorry for your loss ”
19 of 19 | Posted by: leslie nichols - new port richey, FL


Waterford—Mary Sylvestre, 68, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and loyal friend, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, February 5, 2012. She was born on June 27, 1943 in Providence, Rhode Island, the daughter of the late Joseph and Grace (Ferrara) Cesario. She married Donat H. Sylvestre on October 6, 1968 in Warwick, Rhode Island. They have been married for 43 years. In addition to her husband, she is survived by one daughter, three sons, and their spouses. Mary Turley and her husband William Turley Jr. of Hebron CT; Roger Sylvestre of Norwich, CT; John and fiance' Cheryl Gaudenzi of Waterford, CT; Paul Sylvestre and his wife Monica Roscelli of Campbell, CA. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren; Stefanie, Jessica, Amanda, Eric, Justin, Megan, Alisha, and Cameron. Two brothers, James Cesario and wife Joan; Jerry Cesario and wife Beverly, both of Warwick, Rhode Island, and many nieces and nephews. She will be sadly missed by her beloved husband, children and loyal friends. She will be remembered for her compassion and ability to help others. Her happiest times were with her husband, children, and grandchildren. In her earlier years of marriage she enjoyed skiing, reading, and playing the piano. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a major in Math and Education in 1965; Wesleyan University with a MALS in Math in 1972, and a sixth year certificate in administration from Southern CT State College in 1982. Her first teaching position was at Fitch High School. She also taught at Rippowan High School in Stamford, CT, East Lyme, and part-time at Mohegan Community College, Thames Valley, University of CT at Avery Point, and the University of New Haven for Electric Boat. When she returned to full-time teaching her position as a Math teacher was at Grasso Technical High School from 1978 to 1980. From 1980 to 2004 Mary taught at Ledyard High School until her illness forced her to retire in June 2004. She also served as Math Dept. Head for the last 18 years of her teaching career. During her career at Ledyard, Mary was an instructor for the University of Connecticut Cooperative Program teaching college level courses to high school students as well as being eligible to take the AP Calculus test for college credit. Funeral Arrangements are being handled by the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave., New London, CT. Calling Hours will be held on Wednesday, February 7th. from 4 to 7 PM. The funeral procession will assemble Thursday morning at 10 A.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church, 17 Squire St., New London, at 11:00 AM. Interment will be private. Mary, Donat, and their family wish to thank Venus George and the caregivers of Bayview Healthcare West Wing for their love, care, and support. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made in Mary's name to American Parkinson Disease Association Inc., CT Chapter (APDA), 27 Allendale Drive, North Haven, CT 06473.

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