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Sylvia Newberry

COAL CITY, Ill. — Mrs. Sylvia Newberry, 84, of Coal City, Ill., passed away Friday afternoon, June 21, 2013, at Morris Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Morris, Ill.

Born July 13, 1928, in Coal City, Sylvia was a daughter of the late James and Erma Pisha-Cerny. She was raised in Coal City and graduated from Coal City High School with the Class of 1946.

Sylvia worked at the Morris Paper Mill from 1946 to 1948, and, on Oct. 16, 1948, she married Robert Newberry in the Coal City Methodist Church. She was an active member of the Coal City United Methodist Church, where she was membership secretary for over 20 years and belonged to the Evening Star Circle.

She also held membership with the Home Extension and assisted with Meals on Wheels locally. Sylvia was a homemaker most of her life, and loved shopping. She also greatly enjoyed traveling, and cherished her trips with her son, Gregg.

Sylvia's family extends their heartfelt thanks to Joliet Area Community Hospice and Morris Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

"We will never forget the happiness and joy Sylvia brought to our lives. We cry because it's over and smile because it happened!"

Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Robert Newberry; and two sons, Gary Newberry of Bethesda, Md., and Gregg Newberry of OakPark, Ill.; as well as numerous cousins.

Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents; a son, David, in 1959; a daughter, Kay, in 1960; and her brother and sister-in-law, Glenn and Evelyn Dearth.

Visitation and video tribute will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 24, at Reeves Funeral Home, 75 NorthBroadway (one block north of Illinois 113) in Coal City. Sylvia will then lie in state at the Coal City United Methodist Church, 6805 East McArdle Road, Coal City, on Tuesday morning, June 25, from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Thomas Logsdon will officiate, and burial will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Sylvia's memory to Joliet Area Community Hospice, 250 Waterstone Circle, Joliet, Ill., 60431, or to a charity of the donor's choosing.

Friends may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences to the family by logging onto

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under thedirection and care of Reeves Funeral Homes Ltd. in Coal City. For additional information, call (815) 634-2125.

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