Sylvia  Woernley

Sylvia ""Sivy"" Woernley

Tuesday, March 12th, 1935 - Friday, June 5th, 2020
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Sylvia May Woernley, 85, of Lick Street Groton passed away peacefully on Friday, June 5, 2020 at the home of her great-niece, Diana MacKenzie .

Sylvia was born March 12, 1935 in Groton to John V. and Ethel M. Loomis Pierce. She married Laurence A. Woernley on June 27, 1953 in Groton. He passed away on November 27, 2018.

A homemaker all of her life, Aunt “Sivy” was a second mother to many of her nieces and nephews, their children and grandchildren. She taught them many of the life skills they needed to grow and live as their lives progressed. Cooking, canning, growing vegetables and being a decent person were some of the wisdom she imparted. Her family was blessed to have her and will cherish the memories she has made with them. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Cortland.

In addition to her husband and parents, Sylvia was pre-deceased by her three brothers, Emerald, John “Ray” and Keith Pierce, three nephews and one niece

She is survived by a brother-in-law, Bill Woernley, a sister-in-law, Ruth Pierce, eight nephews and seven nieces, many great-nieces and great-nephews, great-great-nephews and great-great nieces as well as many friends.

The family would like to thank Diana and Craig MacKenzie and Linda and Pete Wilbur for the excellent and loving care they provided to both Uncle Larry and Aunt Sivy for the past several years.

Services will be held at a later date and will be announced. Please sign her guestbook at

Zirbel Funeral Home, 115 Williams St., Groton, has care of arrangements
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    Groton Rural Cemetery
    Clark Street
    groton, NY 13073
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Peter W. Alexander

Posted at 11:21am
My earliest memories of them were from nearly 50 years ago. My parents would leave my brother and me off at the Woernley's home and Aunt Sivy would bring out the only toys that she could find for us to play with. I enjoyed her fresh apple pies and even the "chicken" dinners that she would make that were, in fact, rabbit. Aunt Sivy had a contagious smile which we will surely miss for the moment.

Susan Tomlinson

Posted at 07:55pm
I am lucky to have a lifetime of memories.
From hiding in the cupboard under the kitchen sink
playing zoo with dominoes as cages with little plastic animals
looking for differences in her pretty little painted dishes
the smell of fresh baked bread,zest soap , and a scent that was unmistakably hers
having to scoot before Uncle Larry came in the door
she made the best corn fritters with real maple syrup, and Rootbeer floats
only giving me 1/2 a piece of gum because “you only have a little mouth”,
Watching her milk Beauty and shooting fresh milk into my mouth from across the barn
You may have left us but you will never be forgotten.

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