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SCHENECTADY - Lettie Vera DeSilva, 94, a longtime resident of Franklin, and later Oneonta, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at Kingsway Arms Nursing Center in Schenectady.
Lettie was born on July 15, 1923. in Cazenovia, the daughter of Wallace and Jenny Ingersoll.
For more than 30 years, she taught home economics at Franklin Central School, beginning in 1946. She was known as Mrs. Stilson for many years at FCS. Before her tenure there, Lettie spent a short time teaching chemistry in South New Berlin. She was a graduate of State University College at Plattsburgh.
She was the beloved wife of the late Donald DeSilva and is survived by her sisters, Janet (Robert, d.) Dewey and Martha (Leo, d.) Smith. She was the best mother in the world, according to her children, Marian (Alfred) Sive of Glenville, and Janet (David) Stilson-Chachere, New York City.
Lettie adored and was adored by the children of her husband's first marriage. Among them, she is survived by Gwen (Daniel Dickens) DeSilva, Liberty Hill, Texas; Gail (Alpha, d.) Dewey, Conroe, Texas; and Janet (Daniel) Branigan, Franklin. And she is also beloved by her children's spouses, a bounty of nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was a longtime member of the Washington Reading Circle, the Onesiphorai Reading Club and St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Franklin. She also was a proud member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society for women educators. She will be remembered by her family and friends for her remarkable humor, exquisite quilts, ace bridge-playing skills, delicious food, a never-empty bowl of M&Ms - and above all, her open, wise heart.
In addition to her husband and parents, Lettie is predeceased by her son, Arthur Stilson; sister, Celia (Leonard, d.) McCarthy; stepson, Roger (Jeanne) DeSilva; and nephew, Leo Smith. Her first husband was Walter Stilson (divorced, d.).
A Mass at St. Paul's Episcopal Church and an interment in the Franklin Ouleout Valley Cemetery in Franklin will be announced.
In lieu of flowers, Lettie's family suggests donations to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 72, Franklin, NY 13775.
Published on February 22, 2018
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