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DeLANCEY - Sylvia Anne Doenges Newkerk, 84, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, surrounded by her family.
Born June 25, 1933, in Delhi, to Ida Quinn Doenges and Albert Joseph Doenges.
Siblings included Loretta Doenges Burkich (deceased), Richard (Margaret) Doenges of Edmeston, Stephen (Elaine) Doenges of Delhi and Susan (Russell) Waring of South Hero, Vermont.
Sylvia married John Chambers Newkerk Sept. 8, 1951, at St. James Episcopal Church.
She had four beautiful children, Deborah Newkerk of Norwood, New Jersey, Beverly (Scott) Owen of Harding, Pennsylvania, Vicki Newkerk and Jack (Jeanie) Newkerk of DeLancey.
She was very proud of her 13 grandchildren and seven great-grands, Christopher (Christina) O'Brien, Courtney (Adam) Leamy - Reese Sylvia and Declan Patrick, Amy O'Brien (Cory Weidenbach), Patrick O'Brien (Morgan Layton), Alexander (Shawna) Gastman, Meghan (Martin) Decavage, Nina Owen, Corey Owen, Melissa Owen (Robbie Mohr), Lindsey (Mike) Reynolds - Grace, Lucy and Anna, Jake (Erin) Newkerk - Adelin and Audrey, Zachary Newkerk and Jaclyn Newkerk.
Sylvia graduated from Delaware Academy in 1951. She worked at the Delhi Telephone Company for 35 years, also serving as a trustee and on the board of directors. She was a devout Episcopalian, singing in the choir and acting treasurer for more than 30 years at St. James Church at Lake Delaware.
She enjoyed many hobbies, bowling, pinochle and bridge, tennis and sewing. She was an active member in the Eastern Star and the Girl Scouts of America. She traveled extensively including many visits to Switzerland and Peru to see her exchange student families. She was a great cook and taught her family how to make pie, jam and donuts from scratch.
And she loved her standard poodles, including, Abby, her constant companion at the family homestead in DeLancey, where she was often called the birdhouse lady.
Sylvia lived a full life, was well-loved and will be greatly missed.
Memorial services and a celebration of Sylvia's life will be held at noon, Saturday, Sept. 30, at St. James Church, 55 Lake Delaware Drive, Delhi, where friends and relatives are invited to call on the family from 10 a.m. until the service at noon. Burial will follow in Hamden Cemetery. Following the burial a reception will be held at Sylvia's home.
Share condolences with the Newkerk family at www.hallandpeet.com.
Published on September 25, 2017
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