Ann P. Sylvia of East Falmouth died at home surrounded by family on Sunday, Dec. 12 after a brief illness. She was 88.

For 60 years, she was the beloved wife of the late Robert W. (Bob) Sylvia. She was known affectionately as Pearl.

She was born in Oak Bluffs to the late Edwin and Valerie Czajkowski Andrews. She graduted from the Tisbury High School in 1951 and was a licensed practical nurse at the Cape Cod Hospital.

She spent a lifetime serving and supporting her family, church and community. Her charitable work with her late husband included 40 years of service as a volunteer supporting Telephone Pioneers of America, one of the world’s largest corporate volunteer organizations. Over 12 years, she and Bob volunteered more than 1,500 hours at the Falmouth Hospital visitor and reception desk, where she delivered flowers, cards and messages to patients. She later spent many years helping her husband install Lifeline personal emergency response systems.

She supported the boys and girl scouts in various volunteer positions. She was an active member for many years in the Saint Anthony’s Council of Catholic Women, and she and Bob were founding members, office holders and enthusiastic supporters of the Saint Anthony’s Couples Club.

She felt most fulfilled and found her greatest joy in being a full-time mother and grandmother. Pearl loved to be surrounded by her family, supporting their many activities and taking great pride in all their accomplishments. She also enjoyed traveling with her husband after his retirement, visiting family and their many friends.

She is survived by her son Steven Robert and his wife Kathleen of East Falmouth, son Thomas Michael and his wife Lisa of Fredericksburg, Va., daughter Patricia Ann Cosgrove of East Falmouth, son Douglas Francis of Hyannis, and daughter Catherine Ellen Smith and her husband Timothy of East Falmouth; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, brothers Edwin Andrews and Robert Andrews, and son in law Joseph Cosgrove.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, Dec. 17 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Chapman Funerals & Cremations in West Falmouth. A funeral mass will follow at St. Anthony’s Church in East Falmouth at 12:30 p.m. Interment will be in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne at 1:45 p.m.

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