Sylvia J. Siket

Date of Passing:

April 19, 2018

Sylvia J. (Stewart) Siket, 67, of Bullocks Point Avenue, Riverside, RI, died peacefully on April 19, 2018 at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, RI surrounded by her loving family, after an inspirational fight with colon cancer.

She was born in Skowhegan, ME on December 20, 1950 and grew up in Hinkley, ME, the youngest child and only daughter of the late Preston and Delma (Bessey) Stewart. She attended Lawrence High School from 1965-1969, where she was active in band, chorus, and cheerleading.

She was the beloved wife of her high school sweetheart, Stephen J. Siket, whom she married on January 2, 1972. A graduate of Thomas College, she worked as a Hearings Officer for the State of Maine Department of Motor Vehicles for 38 years before retiring in 2013. She lived most of her adult life in Yarmouth, ME and was a member of The Woodlands Country Club Board of Directors, Freeport Community Chorus, and the Sacred Heart Church choir.

Besides her husband of 46 years, she is survived by a son, Matthew S. Siket and his wife Meghan of Barrington; two grandchildren, Avery and Arne Siket, both of Barrington; a brother, Keith Stewart and his wife Ann of Benton, ME and two sisters-in-law, Ellen Rice and her husband William of Fairfield, ME and Sheryl Siket of Asheville, NC. She was the sister of the late Dean Stewart and sister-in-law of the late Andrew Siket.

Sylvia’s greatest joys came from being with family, especially her two wonderful grandchildren, pampering her dog Mitsy, and being an active member of her neighborhood and community.
Her most cherished hobbies included playing golf, fishing on Moosehead Lake, reading, and gardening. Her beautiful singing voice, bright smile, caring nature and uplifting spirit will forever be remembered by her many family and friends.

The family would like to thank all those who contributed to her excellent care at the Rhode Island Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Relatives and friends are invited to a Funeral Mass on Saturday May 12, 2018 at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church, 326 Main Street, Yarmouth, Maine. A reception will follow immediately in the church hall. Her burial will be held at a later date in Yarmouth, ME. In lieu of flowers, family has asked that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

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  1. Sylvia sang soprano in the Greater Freeport Community Chorus. Although I sat far away in the alto section, I could look across the way and see her smiling and the joy shining from her face. She was very kind towards me. In fact many members of the chorus have been missing her since she moved away. Memories of her bless us all. Condolences.

  2. Sylvia was a treasured member of the Greater Freeport Community Chorus where I had the pleasure of singing with and knowing her from Sept. 2006 until she moved to RI in 2013. God Bless her and condolences to her family.

  3. Also an attorney who had too many hearings to count before Sylvia, I am deeply saddened by her loss. She was a gracious person who spoke lovingly of her family, including at her retirement party in Augusta. Despite hearing thousands of cases, she always kept an open mind and enjoyed a creative argument. In fact, she was exceedingly fair, with a calm temperament— a perfect jurist. Sylvia will be sadly missed. Warm wishes and sympathy to her family in this difficult time. May her memory be a blessing.

  4. To all members of Sylvia’s family: I am heartbroken. I practiced in front her for 38 years and loved her dearly. I had cases with her every single week (excepting vacations). She became not only one of my very best friends but a trusted confidant. The day she told me she was retiring, I cried and she comforted me as was her wonderful nature. When she moved to Rhode Island, it left a void in my life that exists to this very day. She so loved you all and was so excited to begin a new chapter in her life with all of you but especially with Avery and Arne. Rest In Peace Sylvia and watch over all of us when we need watching over.

  5. Steve,
    Jackie and I are very sorry to hear of the passing of Sylvia.
    We hope your loss will be comforted by the lovely memories that you shared together.May God bless you and your family.

  6. As another Maine attorney who had lots and lots of hearings with Sylvia over the years, I am very sorry to learn of her passing. My condolences to Stephen, Matthew and Meghan. She spoke of you and her grandchildren often. She obviously loved you all immensely.

  7. Sorry for your lost. I sang with Sylvia in the GFCC. We had great times singing. We both moved to RI 4 years ago.. I came home to be with family.
    God Bless all of you.

  8. Steve, I did not know Sylvia, but I enjoyed working with you at Augusta Iron Works. So sorry to read about Sylvia who made your life so very happy for over 45 years. May her spirit sustain you in the years to come. Sincerely, Helen (Nims) Paganucci

  9. Sincere condolences to the Siket family. Sylvia was a sweetheart, and had a beautiful soul. May she Rest In Peace. She will be deeply missed.

  10. So sorry to see this sad news. Deepest condolences from Rene King and Caryl Estes.

  11. Steve — I was so sad to learn of Sylvia’s passing. I have fond memories of her years at The Woodlands and her involvement creating a Women’s Golf Committee. When I took over from her after her five years of leading the group, I inherited many notebooks filled with tons of Committee notes. She was so organized and a great asset to the Club and all her knew her. I know she will be missed dearly by you and the rest of your family. My thoughts are with you all.

  12. Matt,

    Our deepest condolences to you and all of your family.

    Tom Chun & Audrey Sinesi

  13. Steve: Blake and I send our condolences to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  14. Steve, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  15. Our thoughts go out to you and your family Steve.
    Sylvia was one of my favorite cousins.

  16. Steve and family,so sorry for your loss! Sylvia was cousin, schoolmate, friend, though miles separated us! So many memories! Loved her posts on FB.

  17. Words can’t express the loss that we all feel . Sylvia was a wonderful petson loved by many and you were blessed to have been by her side all these years. Our payers and thoughts go out to you Steve and your family
    Allan and Val Paradis

  18. So sorry for your loss Steve . I remember Sylvia as a sweet and lovely young woman and cannsee theu reconnection on Facebook that she remained so during her life with you.
    Condolences to you and your family.

  19. Steve,
    The love and life you shared together was inspirational. You truly were soulmates! I was blessed to know you as classmates and then as newlyweds in that first apartment you called home. I pray you and your family can find comfort in the memories that will live on.

  20. Barry and I are so sorry to hear this news. Sylvia was such a sweet lady. Great memories of golf at The Woodlands, Stock club meetings and Book Club.

    She was so very proud of you and loved living near you and your family.

    We are so sorry you lost the love of your life.

    Barry and I send our condolences to all of you.

  21. While I did not spend much time with you and Sylvia, I have always admired you and your wonderful marriage and have felt a connection with you since our weddings were only a week apart. My condolences to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  22. Steve and Matt I am so sorry for your loss. Sylivia was always so kind and loving to me and my family. She will be missed.

  23. As an attorney who litigated hundreds of cases in front of Sylvia in her role as a Hearing Officer for the Maine Secretary of State, I cannot speak highly enough of her intelligence, fairness, and kindness over the course of the 30 years which we spent together. She was a wonderful person who exuded all of the virtues one would want to see in a fellow human being. My condolences go out to Stephen, Matt, and her extended family. Though I only know you because she spoke so highly of all of you – especially her grandchildren – I am so sorry. She was a very special person and I know that others in my profession would agree that it was a privilege and an honor to know her. May the angels lead her into paradise.

  24. Steve, I am so very sorry to read of Sylvia’s passing. So many memories of so many fun times flood through my mind as I grapple with this saddest of news. The many bankers’ gatherings, dinner in Yarmouth, shopping, laughing, visiting in Florida.
    She was always upbeat, caring, selfless, beautiful from brightest of smiles to warmest of hearts. What an example and legacy she built and leaves for her adoring grandchildren.
    From Aruba, I send my deepest sympathies to you, Matt and his beautiful family?

  25. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you Steve and your family. I can’t begin to know what you are going through at this time in your life. I pray the love and treasures you shared during your time together will give you some peace and comfort. God Bless.

  26. Dear Steve and Matt,
    so sorry to hear of Sylvia death. She will be missed by us all. Larry, Pam,Samara Dionno

  27. Steve,
    Rick and I are just so sad about Sylvia’s passing. She was such a wonderful person, golf mate, fellow investment club and book club enthusiast and just a wonderful person who I am so glad to have had as a friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Matt and family. I know you will all miss her terribly.

  28. So very very sorry Steve on the Loss of Sylvia. She was a very very beautiful person. I remember her in high school, always chatting with you in the corners. My condolences to You, and Your Family, and her family

  29. I so enjoyed being with Sylvia. She was a great soprano who was missed so much when she moved to be near Matt and family. She was a pleasure be with and always had a beautiful smile. My sincere condolences go to you Steve and Matt and family. She will be missed.

  30. I am so sorry to hear of your huge loss. I was Sylvia’s hairstylist In Maine for many many years!!
    I feel I know her Family personally as she shared so much & was so very proud.
    A loving soul that will be missed by so many.

  31. So sad. I had just reconnected with Sylvia via Facebook. We were classmates, friends, and fellow bus riders all through high school. She was a sweet lady and will be missed.

  32. We loved Sylvia from a distance and cherished her as a member of our large family. We are so sorry her life was cut short. Sylvia’s passing has taught me a valuable lesson Steve – to not put things off! I so regret not coming over to see you all last summer. God Bless you all?

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