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Sylvia Martin

Sylvia H. Martin (Verald)

Tuesday, March 13th, 1934 - Thursday, April 18th, 2019
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Obituary

COHOES Sylvia H. Martin passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at St Peter’s Nursing Home after a brief illness. Sylvia was born in Cohoes on March 13, 1934, the only daughter of James and Helen Frazier Verald. As a teen, she worked at her father’s restaurant, The New Way Lunch, before graduating from Keveny Academy in Cohoes. She married the love of her life, Douglas G. Martin in 1954. Sylvia was a parishioner of St. Bernard’s Church in Cohoes before its closing.

Sylvia retired from the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance after many years of service. She lived in Waterford, Cohoes, Clifton Park and Knox Woods in Halfmoon. The last few years she has resided at Marjorie Doyle Rockwell Center in Cohoes. Sylvia loved doing crossword puzzles, watching “her shows”, following tennis, basketball and the Olympics, doting on her children and grandchildren and enjoying “one egg, over easy, with home fries and rye toast” at the Halfmoon Diner.

Sylvia was predeceased by her husband, Douglas and her older brother, Frank Verald. She is survived by her two sons, James Jay Martin and his wife Colleen Forlani of Albany and John W. Martin and his wife Ann of Wilton, CT., four grandchildren, Alexander, Benjamin, Lauren and Allison Martin, her brother, Salvadore Verald and his wife Mary Ann, many nieces, nephews and cousins and her best friend, Jeanne Balzer.

The family would like to thank Sherri, Linda and the staff of St. Peter’s Nursing Home for their many kindnesses and the staff of Marjorie Doyle for taking such good care of mom for four years. Special thanks to Kim Carpenter for her attentiveness and efforts to keep Sylvia looking stylish.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, 105 Vliet Blvd., Cohoes. Interment will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery, Cohoes.

Relatives and friends may visit at the funeral home Tuesday from 4-7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of North Eastern NY, 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205 or St. Peter's Nursing and Rehab. Center, 301 Hackett Blvd, Albany, NY 12208.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Fitzgerald Funeral Home
    Address
    105 Vliet Blvd.
    COHOES, NY 12047
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 | 9:30am
    When
    Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 9:30am
    Location
    Fitzgerald Funeral Home
    Address
    105 Vliet Blvd.
    COHOES, NY 12047
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Rev. Donald Bourgeois
  • Interment

    Location
    St. Agnes Cemetery
    Address
    79 St. Agnes Highway
    COHOES, NY 12047
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Nora Santore

Posted at 01:30pm
Jay & John,
What can my mere words do to ease your sadness? So I am sending you a warm hug and embrace.
I will keep your mother, my Aunt, in my heart, always and cherish the memories of her kindness towards me. Her warm and funny humor. The many times I shared with her and my mother. So many stories, so much laughter. Your parents' warmth and caring for me I will carry forever. These lyrics have brought me some comfort in my times of grief; so I will share them with you, hoping that they might be able to do the same for you. They let my tears flow and my heart know, that grief is for us and love and peace for those who moved on. For soon... all too soon.. we will meet again, in the presence of love and grace.
God only cries for the living
'Cause it's the living that are left to carry on
An' all the angels up in Heaven
They're not grieving because they're gone
There's a smile on their faces
'Cause they're in a better place
God only cries for the living
'Cause it's the living that are so far from home.

May you also find comfort in the thought that she is now in a place with those she had loved and lost, her memories are restored and she is at peace.
With love, your Cousin, Nora
S

Nora Santore

Posted at 01:30pm
Jay & John,
What can my mere words do to ease your sadness? So I am sending you a warm hug and embrace.
I will keep your mother, my Aunt, in my heart, always and cherish the memories of her kindness towards me. Her warm and funny humor. The many times I shared with her and my mother. So many stories, so much laughter. Your parents' warmth and caring for me I will carry forever. These lyrics have brought me some comfort in my times of grief; so I will share them with you, hoping that they might be able to do the same for you. They let my tears flow and my heart know, that grief is for us and love and peace for those who moved on. For soon... all too soon.. we will meet again, in the presence of love and grace.
God only cries for the living
'Cause it's the living that are left to carry on
An' all the angels up in Heaven
They're not grieving because they're gone
There's a smile on their faces
'Cause they're in a better place
God only cries for the living
'Cause it's the living that are so far from home.

May you also find comfort in the thought that she is now in a place with those she had loved and lost, her memories are restored and she is at peace.
With love, your Cousin, Nora
SR

Sherri Martone, RN

Posted at 11:34am
My deepest thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time. It was my pleasure to care of Sylvia as she traveled her journey. May you find peace and comfort in knowing Sylvia is no longer in pain. You will be in my prayers in the upcoming weeks.
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