Jo Anne "Dolly" Sykes
1952-2014 STEPHENTOWN, N.Y. Jo Anne "Dolly" Loomis Sykes, 61, died peacefully Monday, April 28, 2014 at the Berkshire Medical Center with her family at her side. Born in Troy on June 28, 1952, she was the daughter of the late George Loomis and Mary Meyers Connar and is the step-daughter of Helen Loomis of Bennington, Vt. Jo Anne resided in Stephentown for most of her life. She was employed at Sykes General Store in Stephentown and Jiminy Peak Resort in Hancock, Mass. She connected our family and gave unconditional love to her children and grandchildren. Her smile would light up a room and her kindness could be felt by anyone she met. She loved watching movies, playing cards and drinking tea with Mary Gilbert and the late Theresa Purdy. She was the beloved wife of 40 years to Paul Allen Sykes, Jr.; loving mother of Jason P. Sykes and Paula S. Sykes, both of Stephentown, and Alissa M. Tulloch and her husband, Matt, of Averill Park, N.Y.; adored grandmother of Aaron Gundlach-Sykes, Kiernan Sykes, Brandon Gundlach, Colin Miller, Drew Tulloch, Sage Dudley, Gabi Dudley, Taylor Brock and Justin LeBlanc; great-grandmother of Maya Sykes; sister of Sharon Woodcock of North Carolina, George Tanya Loomis III and nis wife, Tanya, of Rotterdam, N.Y., Suzette McDonald and her husband Chuck of New Lebanon, N.Y., Mikki Humphrey and her husband, Luke, of Spokane, Wash., Henry and Jared Loomis both of East Greenbush, N.Y., Tina Loomis of Castleton, N.Y., Gordon Connar and Stephen Connar and his wife, Michelle, of Long Island, N.Y.; niece of Rosie and Junior Sweener of Stephentown; daughter-in-law of Paul and Rita Sykes of Stephentown; sister-in-law of Terry Sykes (and his late wife, Theresa) and Eileen Roder and her husband P.J., all of Stephentown. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral service will be Friday at 10 a.m. at the HALL HIGGINS FUNERAL HOME, 457 NY 43, Stephentown. Interment East Nassau Rural Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. The family would like to thank the staff at the Hillcrest Commons and Berkshire Medical Center Step Down Unit both in Pittsfield for the wonderful care given to Dolly. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Stephentown Vol. Fire Dept. Rescue Squad, 396 NY 43, Stephentown, NY 12168. Condolence book at ParkerBrosMemorial.com.
Hall & Higgins Funeral Home
457 New York Route 43 Stephentown, NY 12168
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on May 1, 2014