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Sylvia E. St. Pierre

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St. Pierre Sylvia E. St. Pierre, age 90, passed away peacefully on March 9, 2017 at Wesley Glen Retirement Community in Columbus, Ohio. During her last three years she courageously faced major limitations caused by a stroke. She is survived by her devoted husband of nearly 59 years, Philippe Douglas St. Pierre. Worthington, Ohio, was their home from 1968 to 2014. Sylvia was born on September 18, 1926 in Chester, England, the youngest child of the late Cecil N. Hill and Elsie Stokes Hill. Her siblings, Cecil, William, and Doreen (Tennant) predeceased her. Sylvia and Douglas immigrated to Ottawa, Canada in 1948 and then to Schenectady, New York in 1955. Sylvia is also survived by her son, Anthony (Cathy Abel) of Toronto, Canada; and daughter, Adrienne (Barry Rosenberg) of Redding, Conn.; a beloved grandson, Seth A. Rosenberg and his fiancé, Caroline Ronk of Wilton, Conn.; niece, Barbara Hill Carlyon; and nephew, Gerald Tennant, both of England; and an adored cousin, Mary E. Wolfe of Ireland. During World War II, Sylvia was a child evacuee, living with two foster families outside of London, a life-changing experience for her. From her schooldays onward, Sylvia nurtured a passion for art and art history. She applied her keen eye and deft hands to creative projects including sewing and needlework, and enjoyed collecting beautiful antiques. Her 41-year career as a volunteer docent at the Columbus Museum of Art was an essential part of her life, and through her knowledge, research, and passion for art, she helped educate thousands of children who came to the museum. She significantly improved the Speaker's Bureau organization, and she herself gave many presentations on art and art exhibitions. From 1977 to 1989 her lovely voice was heard each week on the program she created for WOSU Radio, the Ohio Art Report, and she was a regular contributor to their Morning Edition. In 1984, Sylvia received the Mayor's Award for Voluntary Service; the Columbus Dispatch Community Service Award; and the Columbus Art League Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts. Above all, Sylvia was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and a gentle and caring friend, whose memory will be cherished by the many people whose lives she touched. A private memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Columbus Museum of Art's Education Department.

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Mar. 19, 2017
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