Sylvia J. Desautels
1944 - 2014 PITTSFIELD Sylvia Jean Desautels, 70, of Pittsfield, passed away peacefully with her family by her side, on March 22, 2014, at Redstone Rehab and Nursing Center in East Longmeadow, Mass. Born on Jan. 17, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Eugenie LaFramboise Desautels. She was raised, lived, and worked in Pittsfield for over 60 years. Sylvia was a graduate of Notre Dame Grammar School and St. Joseph Catholic Central High School, class of 1961. Sylvia worked for over thirty years at Berkshire Community College and was an administrative assistant for the Dean of Nursing for many of those thirty years. She was a well-known employee of the college and was loved not only by her colleagues, but by the students who attended the college as well. Prior to starting her work at Berkshire Community College, Sylvia worked for ten years at Berkshire Life Insurance Company. In 1971, Sylvia went abroad to London, England and worked there for six months. She stayed with a family in London and developed a life-long friendship with their daughter, Leslie. Sylvia was remarkable for her outgoing nature and always put others before herself. Sylvia touched people's lives in a positive way. She had so much love for God and her family, especially her mother, whom she lived with and cared for until her mother's death in 1989. A favorite pastime for Sylvia was skiing. During the winter months, one could always find Sylvia skiing at Jiminy Peak. Sylvia skied for over 40 years and loved the freedom the mountains gave her as she skied down the slopes. Another past time for Sylvia was ceramic classes. She spent many summer evenings making Christmas presents for her family. There will be a great void in the hearts of her family and friends that she leaves behind. She is survived by her brother, Bernard Charles Desautels of Savoy; her sister, Therese Desautels Breton and her husband, Al, of Ellington, Conn.; three nieces, three nephews, seven great-nieces and one great-nephew. Prior to Sylvia's admission to Redstone Rehab and Nursing Center, she was a resident at Kimball Farms' LEP Unit for Patients with Dementia, from May 2011 to Dec. 2012. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff at both facilities for their tender loving care and respect they had for Sylvia and her family. Their understanding and patience and love for the Alzheimer's patients was remarkable. FUNERAL NOTICE: Relatives and friends may call on the family at DERY FUNERAL HOME, 54 Bradford St., Pittsfield on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 31, 2014, at 9:15 a.m. with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Charles Church with the Rev. Michael C. Lillpopp, officiating. Memorial donations in Sylvia's name may be made to the
in care of the funeral home.