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Sylvia Ann Michaels

November 13, 1929 — March 23, 2018

Sylvia Ann Michaels

Michaels, Sylvia Ann, 88, Cresson, formerly of Portage & Toledo, OH, died Friday, March 23, 2018 at Chan Soon-Siong Medical Center at Windber after a short illness, surrounded by her family. She was the last member of her immediate family. She was born November 13, 1929 in Johnstown, daughter of Helen and Edward Miscoe. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband J. David Michaels, whom she married in 1952 and died May 2, 1996; son-in-law, Philip DiNenno; daughter-in-law, Barbara Michaels; sister, Joan Young; and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law. She is survived by her children, Blaise of Portage; David of Annapolis, MD; Amy (John) Kittell of Stafford, VA; Coleen (Mark) Jerome of Charlotte, NC; Marianne (Michael) Starchville of Youngsville, NC; Linda DiNenno of Finksburg, MD; Gregory of Boonsboro, MD; and Patrice (Anthony) Andrews of Stevensville, MD; grandchildren, Lee Michaels, Colleen (Chris) Lucas, Doug (Valentina) Kittell, Jason Kittell, Andrew (Mary Catherine) Jerome, David (Abby) Jerome, Jonathan and Sarah Jerome, Dr. Jonathan, Anna and Amy Starchville, Jessica, Nicholas, Christopher and Maria DiNenno, Ian and Allison Andrews; great-grandchildren: Charlotte Jerome and Georgina Lucas; brother-in-law, Thomas Young and numerous nieces and nephews. Sylvia was a Registered Nurse graduate of the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing and was a skilled operating room nurse. After graduation, she worked at Mercy Hospital in Johnstown. She completed a post graduate course in New Jersey and accepted the position of operating room supervisor at the Grove City, PA Hospital. Later in life she worked at the former Windber Medical Center and as a clinical nurse at Family Practice Associates in Portage. Sylvia dedicated her life to the love of her life, Dave, her children and God. She taught her children to be polite and respectful to everyone and encouraged them in all their endeavors growing up. Together they enjoyed the good times and weathered the storms. Her family was a source of pride throughout her life and a testament to her maternal effort. Her family, in return, reflected that love and pride to her and each other. She enjoyed traveling and she and Dave experienced Europe, Hawaii and most of the continental U.S. She learned to play the piano at an early age and enjoyed dancing, playing cards and playing the “straight man” in Dave’s jokes for friends and family. Most important, Sylvia loved God and relied on her Guardian Angel to see her through any difficult situation. She prayed the rosary daily and was a member of the Legion of Mary. She let God’s love shine through her to her family. The Family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 3 – 8 p.m. at the Kennedy-Anderson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 233 Keystone Avenue, Cresson, PA, where the Legion of Mary will recite the rosary and a vigil service will be held. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 7911 Admiral Perry Highway, Cresson, Fr. Matthew Reese, celebrant. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Dorothy Day Outreach Center at Saint Francis University or Garvey Manor Nursing Home in Hollidaysburg, PA. Arrangements handled by Kennedy-Anderson Funeral Home & Cremation Services. Condolences may be made at

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

3:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

St. Aloysius Catholic Church

7911 Admiral Peary Hwy, Cresson, PA 16630

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