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Sylvia M. Verrastro

November 21, 1937 — May 27, 2024


Sylvia Verrastro, a beacon of compassion and community spirit, departed this world peacefully in late May 2024. Born in Dickson City, Pennsylvania, to John and Sophie Michalczyk, Sylvia’s journey began with a nurturing family and a community that shaped her giving nature. A proud alumna of Dickson City High School, she furthered her commitment to care for others by earning her Nursing degree from Easton Hospital School of Nursing.

Sylvia’s professional path was marked by dedication and excellence. She served at Warren Hospital in Philipsburg, NJ, East Orange Veterans Hospital, Benedictine Hospital’s ICU/CCU in Kingston, NY and in Dr. Wenger’s office in Saugerties, NY. Her leadership as the Nursing Supervisor at Ten Broeck Commons in Lake Katrine, NY, was a testament to her expertise and empathy. Even after retiring as a Registered Nurse, Sylvia’s innate desire to help never waned, touching lives with her kindness and understanding.

Her passion for service extended beyond her profession into the heart of her community. Sylvia was a steadfast volunteer at “The Well” Thrift Shop, supporting women’s shelters and aiding young women in need. She also donated to numerous organizations. Her altruism was her guiding star, illuminating the path for others to follow.

Sylvia’s zest for life was paralleled by her love for learning and literature. An avid reader and book club enthusiast, she was always ready to engage in intellectual pursuits or a friendly game of Scrabble. Her faith and community involvement were deeply rooted in Saugerties, NY, where she was a devoted member of Saint Mary of the Snow Parish, the St Mary’s-Saint Joseph’s Rosary Society and the Saugerties Columbiettes.

Family, faith and community were Sylvia’s guiding principles. Her radiant personality and talent for friendship left an indelible mark on everyone she met. As a loving wife, mother, grandmother (“Nana”), sister, aunt and friend, Sylvia’s absence leaves a void that words cannot fill. Her pride in her family’s achievements was boundless and she loved to share their accomplishments.

Sylvia’s legacy lives on through her daughter Sandy (and husband Gene) DiCesare in Massachusetts, her sons Paul (and wife Ingrid) Verrastro and John Verrastro in California; her four grandchildren; her brothers John (and wife Susan) Michalczyk in Massachusetts, Joseph (and wife Dolly) Michalczyk in Pennsylvania and Lawrence (and wife Louise) Michalczyk in Kentucky; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was reunited in eternity with her beloved husband Salvatore, her daughter Marie (Verrastro) Heep, her sister Adeline (Michalczyk) Lange and her brother Richard Michalczyk.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to The Seeing Eye (


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