Waterford - Sylvia Mae Follett, 78, died Feb. 2, 2014, at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
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She was born in Dubois, Pa., the daughter of Rev. Ilof A. Falk and Miriam L. Falk.
She married John F. Follett Sr. in Blue Point, Long Island, on Dec. 1, 1956, they were married for 54 years.
Mrs. Follett retired from SNET in 1995, where she had been employed as a telephone operator in the Old Saybrook office. She and her husband were the owners of the former Follett Hardware in Waterford. Mrs. Follett was an active member of Groton Heights Baptist Church, serving as a deaconess and as a member of the Ladies Missionary Fellowship. She loved cooking for the church, her family, and her many many friends. She spent her weekdays with friends at the senior center in Waterford, where she played Pinochle.
Mrs. Follett is survived by three daughters, Barbara Follett of Waterford, Patricia Brungard of Quaker Hill, and Christine Gainer and her husband, Wesley, of Baltic. She is also survived by a son, John Follett Jr. and his wife, Michelle, of East Lyme. She has three sisters, Norma Mahler, Carol Tusso, and Beverly DiMatteo of New York; and five grandsons, Nicholas and Matthew Follett, Jacob Brungard, and Jonah and Samuel Gainer.
She was predeceased by her parents and husband; five brothers, Robert, Adrian, Paul, Richard, and Thomas Falk; a sister, Marilyn Morris; and an infant Gainer grandchild.
The funeral service will be conducted at 12 p.m. on Friday at Groton Heights Baptist Church, 72 Broad St., Groton. Calling hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home, 48 Grand St., Niantic.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to the doctors and nursing staffs of Lawrence + Memorial and Yale-New Haven hospitals.
Memorial contributions may be made to Groton Heights Baptist Church, 72 Broad St., Groton, CT 06340, or the
, 1 Union St., Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691-4183.
Condolence messages may be left on Mrs. Follett's memorial page at www.neilanfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Day on Feb. 5, 2014
Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home
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