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Mattie Cuffee-Sivels Obituary
Mattie Cuffee-Sivels CHESAPEAKE - Mattie Cuffee-Sivels passed away Feb. 20, 2011. She was born and raised in Norfolk County, now Chesapeake, to the late Odell and Leolious Cuffee. She was married to Mr. William S. Sivels Sr. Their union was blessed with 13 children. She graduated from Providence High School in 1947. Mattie was a member of Gabriel Chapel AME Zion Church, where she had previously been very active with the church chorus as a pianist, soloist and Sunday school teacher. She was predeceased by sons, Thomas and Karl Sivels; and a daughter, Kim M. Sivels. Left to cherish her memory includes her husband of 64 years, William S. Sivels Sr.; seven daughters, Casandra Sivels, Gwendolyn Bell (James), Devone Simmons (special friend James), Tonia Brown, Etta Sivels, Connie McMurrin (Perry), Erica Bell (James); and a foster daughter, Tryna Cuffee all of Chesapeake; three sons, William S. Sivels Jr. (Sandra) of Richmond, Va., Leander W. Sivels Sr. (Connie) Christopher G. Sivels Sr. both of Chesapeake; and a foster son, Lawrence C. Brickhouse (Bea) of Philadelphia; one sister, Vernetta R. Cuffee of Chesapeake; 21 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, four sisters-in-law, and a host of caring nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who will truly miss Mattie's presence, warm smile, and magnetic personality. A homegoing service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at Gabriel Chapel AME Zion Church. Interment will follow in Roosevelt Memorial Park. Viewing will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at Pretlow and Sons Funeral Home, 500 Liberty Street, Chesapeake, VA 23324. Online guestbook at www.pretlowandsons.com.

Published in The Virginian Pilot on Feb. 24, 2011
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