Sylvia Carlos Slattery, 87, died peacefully and knowing she was well loved on January 20, 2021 in Simsbury, CT. Born in New Bedford, MA, she was the daughter of the late John and Alberta (Figueiredo) Carlos. She grew up in Mattapoisett, MA, which became a special place for her and her family. Mattapoisett means “place of rest”, and it is here where she will find her eternal peace.
A proud graduate of Fairhaven High and the Massachusetts College of Art, Sylvia went on to become an art teacher in the Newington Public schools, an instructor for the Wethersfield Art League and a children’s librarian at Corpus Christi School in Wethersfield. She was an accomplished artist and was honored to have her art exhibited in numerous art galleries and was proud of having her own art show as well. Sylvia’s love for baking famed her the winner of the Pillsbury Bake off in 1968 with her apple brownie recipe and loved sharing her creations with others. Sylvia was predeceased by her husband Joseph, which they shared 51 years of marriage and raised six children in Old Wethersfield, CT. She was devoted to her family more than anything else, and this brought her the most happiness. She will be remembered for her witty personality, artistic talent and kind soul.
She is survived by her six children who adored her; John (Bernie) Slattery, of Simsbury, CT, Jennifer Dupuis of Bloomfield, CT, Jane (Chris) Curran of Punta Gorda, FL, Audrey (Larry) Freshman of Punta Gorda, FL, Matthew (Karen Wolff) Slattery of Somerville, MA, and Kathryn (Brian) White of West Hartford, CT. She will be missed by her 11 grandchildren, Aimee (Alex) Watts, Sarah (Ian) Skillings, Ellen (Danielle) Fitzpatrick, Christine (Davey) Nelson, Stephanie Curran, Sean (Megan) Slattery, Kevin Slattery, Alexander and Nathan White, Caitlin Hufford and Lucy Slattery along with 3 step grandchildren; Angela (Olan) Kline, Brittany (Greg) Bellinger and Ryan (Lexie) Freshman. She was blessed with 7 great grandchildren and 11 step great-grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by her sister Audrey Lorenzen of Leominster, MA and her sons Rev. Tony Lorenzen and Nick Lorenzen along with numerous nieces and nephews who appreciated her big smile and loud laughs. She also leaves behind a special friend, Don Betts, who brought her joy in her final years. A special thank you to Pam Bronsord and the staff at McLean who took wonderful care of her.
Due to Covid restrictions, a small family funeral will take place on Saturday January 30, 2021 in Mattapoisett at St Anthony’s Church with burial to follow. Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals is entrusted with her care. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Association or the Marion Art Center (marionartcenter.org). For online condolence book, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.