Sylvia Annikki DeGrow

18 November, 193425 March, 2021

On March 25th, 2021 Sylvia embarked on her next adventure and has happily reunited with her beloved husband Wilfred (March 28, 1987) - they are most likely dancing up a storm. As she always wanted, she passed peacefully at home with Cameron and Christine by her side. Sylvia is very fondly remembered for her fun and feisty personality yet also remembered for her heartfelt compassion, concern, and service to others.

Born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario in 1934 she traveled to St. Catharines at the age of 17 to attend the Mack School of Nursing and proudly graduated as a RN in 1955. She worked in several hospitals and later focused on private duty nursing. She credits her career as an RN for teaching her perseverance and duty in all the undertakings that are part of the life cycle.

In 1957, she married her love Wilfred and had two children Christine and Cameron. She was very proud of their accomplishments and that they pursued their passions in life. She will be deeply missed.

Sylvia was an avid collector and dealer of antiques and collectables and she loved to share her passion with others, helping them find the perfect treasure for their home. Most weekends you could find her visiting garage sales, attending auctions or selling at antique markets.

She and Wilfred loved to buy and renovate homes - she was especially passionate about interior decorating and gardening. She also worked briefly as a real estate agent.

Sylvia was very proud of her Finnish heritage and often shared memories of her involvement in Finnish athletics and culture as a child in Kirkland Lake.

In keeping with her wishes cremation has taken place and a private family service at Victoria Lawn Cemetery will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choosing would be welcomed.


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Elaine Muise

30 March 2021

So sorry to hear of Sylvia's passing. She was an amazing friend to me when I lived in St. Catharines. So full of life and fun! She introduced me to the wonderful Blues music played in the region and we both had a "crush" on Jack de Keyzer. We didn't see much of each other once I moved away, but I still found myself looking for that bright yellow car she drove. When we first met, I asked her why such a vivid colour and she told me it was so that she could find it easily in the parking lot! We kept in touch via birthday and Christmas cards, and there was always a hand written meaningful note from her. I had hoped to meet with her again after Covid restrictions lifted and am so sad that this will now not happen. I will miss her.
My condolences to her family. Sincerely, Elaine Muise

Debbie Cole

29 March 2021

I am sorry to read that Aunt Sylvia has passed. I think about her when I am driving in St. Catharines. I always enjoyed what your parents could do to renovate a house. Lots of fond memories. The obit was very accurate. She was a feisty one but she had a big heart.

mark zavitz

28 March 2021

Sylvia ,

Strongest and most determined person I have ever known !!!!

She lived her life with a code of Honour and hard work and she never changed her life mission for anyone !!!

As an RN she looked after as many people as she could all her life !!

What an example --If only there were more people like Sylvia Degrow !!!



Darlene Catterall

27 March 2021

Cameron, sending thoughts and prayers on the passing of your Mom. May she rest in peace.
Darlene, Cori & John Catterall.

Sue Markell

27 March 2021

I had the good fortune of meeting Sylvia when I took my mother, Barbara Hoose (Threader) to the 50th Anniversary of the Mack School of Nursing. It was a trip I will never forget. I met all of mom's classmates and they were lovely, stellar ladies. I feel so
blessed to have met each and every one of them. When I met Sylvia it was like talking to someone I'd known all my life. When mom and I returned to Ottawa, I kept in touch with Sylvia, and with every phone call she made me laugh and smile. To Christine and Cameron, I wish I had met you and I offer my sincere love and sympathies. Sue Markell

Carrie Kaye

26 March 2021

Sylvia, my special friend for 68 years, provided lots of sparkle in my life.
Her extreme caring skills and generosity were her hallmark.Her independent streak that never faded gave her a most unique quality that I will certainly miss.Having done a great job of raising and nurturing a son and daughter to carry on her benevolent activities I am confident that Sylvia's legacy will be evident for many years to come.To Christine and Cameron, my husband Alex and I offer our most sincere sympathy to both of you and of course our forever prayers
God bless
Allex and Carrie Kaye

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