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Obituary for Sylvia ""Sivy"" Woernley

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