The Times West Virginian


January 3, 2013

Sylvia M. DeFelippo

Sylvia M. DeFelippo, 85, of Flaggy Meadow Road, Mannington, passed away on Monday (Dec. 31, 2012).

She was born Oct. 19, 1927, a daughter of the late Russell John Fletcher and Bernice Fletcher. She was the last surviving member of her family.

Sylvia was a member of the Moose Lodge No. 9 in Fairmont for many years, where she held various offices in the Women of the Moose. She was also a former member of the VFW No. 629 of Fairmont. She worked at the drapery factory in Mannington. She enjoyed raising her cocker spaniel dogs.

She is survived by her son, Vernon Hayes Jr. of Fairmont; two daughters, Susan Heldreth of Mannington and Martha Sampson of Chester, U.K.; a step-daughter, Judy Preston of Fairmont; a step-daughter-in-law, Dion DeFelippo of Biloxi, Miss.; several grandchildren and step-grandchildren, Cynthia and Frank Puskas, Patricia and Sonny Papalii of Fort Lewis, Jamie and Tonya Hayes of Fairmont, Kimberly Myers of Mannington, Kerry and Bill Smith of Parkersburg, Alissa and Mike Eddy of Rivesville, Krista Posey of Fairmont, Sarah Sampson and Nicholas Swisher of Indiana, Jack Sarzuelo of Florida, Dominick DeFelippo of Brooklyn, N.Y., Deanna DeFelippo and companion Kristie of Biloxi, Miss., Dianna DeFelippo of Biloxi, Miss., and Franklin and Kerry DeFelippo of Mobile, Ala.; several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Sylvia was preceded in death by her first husband, Vernon Hayes in 1969, and her second husband, Dominick “Ming” DeFelippo in 2004; two brothers, Andrew H. Fletcher Sr. and Russell John Fletcher Jr.; two sisters, Jane Hartzell and Grace Darter and their spouses; step-son, Douglas DeFelippo; step-son-in-law, Frank Preston; great-granddaughter, Samantha Smith; step-great-grandson, Justin Posey; and step-granddaughter, Donna DeFelippo.

Thanks to the staff of Amedisys Hospice, including Melinda, Miranda, Yolanda, Bridget, Teresa, Paula, Karen, Greg and others for their compassionate care. Thanks to the staff of Rite-Aid Pharmacy in Mannington. Special thanks to caregivers Ronda, Rella, Brianna, Judy, Carol, Rosie and Barb. Also thanks to Brenna. Thanks to all the immediate neighbors on Flaggy Meadow Road, who watched out for our Mom and helped her.

Family and friends may call at Masters Funeral Home, 209 Main St., Mannington, today from 2-7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday in the funeral home at 11 a.m. with Rev. Donald Thomas officiating. Burial will follow at the Viewpoint Cemetery in Rachel. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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