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Sylvia M (Malone) Woodbury
June 30, 1927 ~ October 18, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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On the Feast Day of St. Luke, October 18, 2023, Sylvia Mabel (Malone) Woodbury of Belmont, MA was called home by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ after 96 years of life. Sylvia was born on June 30, 1927 to the late James and Sara (Lane) Malone. She grew up in Belmont as the middle daughter of three girls. In July of 1948 Sylvia married the late Robert A. Woodbury from Watertown. After living in Watertown for 10 years, the couple settled in Belmont to raise their family in the home that she had grown up in. Sylvia is survived by her children: Robert J. Woodbury of Belmont; Judith (Woodbury) Kaetzer of Bridgewater; Jim and his wife Dalva Elena Woodbury of Belmont. She was the dear friend and sister of Miriam M. (Malone) Wallie of Lincoln, MA and the late Eileen P. (Malone) Hughes. In addition to her most important role as a mother – and eventually family matriarch – Sylvia had a career with the federal government. She was in her 20’s when she began working as a secretary at the Watertown Arsenal. After a break in service to raise her children she worked for another 30 years for the Army Corp of Engineers in Waltham and Concord, retiring as a Real Estate Specialist at the age of 80. Sylvia also enjoyed gardening and shopping. Sylvia was known as “Grammy” to her adoring grandchildren, Erin Woodbury Bonfiglio and her husband Paul, Tara Woodbury, John Kaetzer and his wife Danielle, Julie Kaetzer, Maria and Raquel Woodbury, and great grandmother to Brooke, Leah and the late Robbie Rocco Bonfiglio. Sylvia devoted herself to her Catholic faith, specifically Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Belmont, attending every Sunday mass, holy day of obligation, stations of the cross, morning and nightly prayers devoted to peace and throwing a couple extra prayers in for any Boston sports team in playoff contention. Sylvia was greatly admired and cherished by all who knew her but ‘Ma/Grammy’, will be forever missed by her family who knew her and loved her immensely. Sylvia will always be remembered for her unwavering support and loyal dedication to the ones she loved. She created a legacy that she was fiercely protective of and that legacy will only continue to grow. She has been and will be our amazing source of inspiration, wisdom, strength and humor. Grammy, we are so thankful for you and incredibly proud to call you our own. Services are private. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Sylvia's memory to Franciscan Children’s Hospital: https://franciscanchildrens.org/giving/donate-today/