Virginia M. “Diddy” Syrylo

Virginia M. “Diddy” Syrylo, age 85, Hospital Avenue, DuBois, PA died Sunday, October 11, 2015 at Christ the King Manor.

Born September 26, 1930 in DuBois, PA, she was the daughter of the late Patsy & Jennie (Pitzerell) Carmella.

On February 3, 1951, she married Pete Syrylo. He preceded her in death on November 1, 2004.

She worked as a secretary for Dr. Barley and Dr. Lietel until her retirement.

She was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church where she served as a Eucharistic Minister, was a member of the bereavement committee, and was a member of the Altar Rosary Society.

“Diddy” especially enjoyed cooking. She appeared regularly on WPSX Channel 3 cooking shows and won many cooking contests. She had a recipe published in Slice of Tender Pie.

She is survived by her three daughters, Jamie Lynn DeFrank and her husband, John of Hershey, PA, Susan Elizabeth Rodgers of Midlothian, VA and Lee Ann Syrylo of West Palm Beach, FL, three grandchildren (Laura, Brian and Ethan), numerous nieces and nephews, and her special feline, Stella.

“Diddy” was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters.

There will be no visitation.

A memorial mass will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 10 A.M. from St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church with Msgr. Richard Siefer as celebrant.

Interment will be in Morningside Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to DuBois Area Catholic Schools, P.O. Box 567, DuBois, PA 15801and/or the DuBois Public Library, 31 South Brady Street, DuBois, PA 15801 and/or any no-kill animal shelter.

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The Goble Baronick Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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