MASSENA -- Mrs. Sylvia D. Whitton, 83, of Dana Street, peacefully passed away early Sunday morning, February 25, 2018 at her home with her loving family at her side.
Sylvia was born April 16, 1934 in Massena, the daughter of the late John and Immaculata (Memoli) D’Arienzo and was a 1952 graduate of Massena High School. On December 31, 1954, she married Dewey C. Whitton at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
After graduating from high school, she worked for a short time as a mail clerk at Alcoa. After her marriage, she was a stay at home mom raising 4 children, and later worked for St. Lawrence Gas Company until her retirement after many years of service. After retirement, she and her husband, Dewey, built a camp in Waddington where they cherished the love of family and friends visiting. Sylvia also loved the time she was able to spend with her family, especially her grandchildren. She had a great passion for cooking and will be fondly remembered for her sauce and meatballs.
Sylvia is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Dewey; her children and their spouses, Jeff and Mary Lisa Whitton of Massena, Tim and Sandy Whitton of Aurora, Colorado, Mary Mem and James Ward of Massena and Janie and Roger Forando of Granville; her beloved grandchildren, Jen and her husband, Jared, Lauren and her husband, Luke, Taylor, Hannah, Samantha, Jeremy, Memoli, Thomas, Christopher and his wife, Kathleen, Ryan and his wife, Stephanie and Brett and his wife, Ashley; and she was blessed with and survived by her great grandchildren, Lauren, Aydan, Liam, Brodie, Cody, and Gianna. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sisters, Rose Stefantos, Mamie Kennedy, Amelia Burkhalter Grow, Ann Serabian, Virginia Wilkins, and Mary E. Romeo; and her brothers, Matthew J., James M., Alfonso “Fudgy”, Tony, Louie, and Joseph D’Arienzo.
At her request, there will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Rev. Michael Jablonski, celebrating.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may consider donations to Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Desai, the doctors, nurses and staff for the wonderful care provided to her at Canton-Potsdam Hospital and Cancer Center and, in her final days at Massena Memorial Hospital, and at her home with the support from Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley.
Arrangements are with the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where memories and condolences may be shared online at www.donaldsonfh.com.