Sylvia E. Maxwell

April 6, 1930October 2, 2020

On Friday, October 2, 2020, Sylvia E.(Thomas) Maxwell, age 90, of McCandless, formerly of Millvale, died peacefully. Sylvia was the loving mother of Charles (Kristy) Maxwell of Porter, Indiana; and Diane (Thomas) Forrest of Ben Avon. She was the best grams to Lisa, Chuck, Tommy, and John; and great-grandmother to Will, Bob, Ella, Juliet and Chaz. Sylvia is survived by her loving sister Nancy (Carl “Jess” (dec.)) Geyer and sisters-in-law Beverly and Nancy Thomas. She was preceded in death by six brothers, Stephen, Edward, Andrew, Richard, Robert, James; and four sisters, Elsie, Dorothy, Marie, and Emily. She will be remembered by her many nieces and nephews.

Sylvia worked for the H.J. Heinz company for many years, supporting her children as a single mother. When she was not working and raising her children, Sylvia was cheering on her Pittsburgh Steelers. She loved Elvis, mystery novels, and the Wizard of Oz. Christmas Eves at her home were always full of laughter and love. She made the best pies with the flakiest crusts. She loved her family and was always ready for a phone call or a visit.

There will be a prayer service on Friday, October 9 at 12 PM at Christ Our Redeemer Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Healy Hahn Funeral Home, Inc., 512 Grant Ave Millvale, Pa 15209. Online condolences may be shared at


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Elaine Anderson

October 12, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the entire family . I so enjoyed working with Sylvia in physical therapy At VCS . She was always smiling and wanting to talk about her grandchildren or steeler football.She loved baking and talking about making her apple square with only cold water in the crust. May your memories of the family moments comfort you during the days ahead , Elaine from PT

Lanet and Ed Forrest

October 8, 2020 many wonderful memories...but mostly the Sylvia's amazing smile and kind nature, we still imagine.

Lanet and I would visit for Christmas, at times Thanksgiving, and then the wonderful times to see Sylvia as others 'ran for the cure' and she was there walking. Sylvia was an activist in the best sense of the term. Whether it an amazing baked 'something' or wearing a pink T-shirt...she made a mark on Pittsburgh, and her family. (She also loved to see 'the family dogs'...and they loved her as well.)

Sadly, we are not physically close in these times. However, these 'simple memories' are multiplied many thousands of times by her daughter, Diane, and son, "Chuckie". These are followed by dozens of grandchildren and great grandchildren who will carry forward her memory...her heritage.

God Bless you, Dear Sylvia...God Speed.

Cindy Slade (Anson)

October 5, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Love and prayers to the family.


Christine Forrest

October 4, 2020

It is impossible to believe that the world would dare continue to exist without Grams as part of it. I was lucky enough to have her count me as a granddaughter - she introduced me that way to everyone: not an in-law, not her grandson’s wife, her granddaughter. If you were fortunate to sit and talk with her, you knew that she thought of you as family. She had a special bond with her great-grandchildren as well, and watching her interact with Juliet for 12 years was a great joy in my life.
A light has gone out on earth and now shines in heaven. I take comfort in the trust that Grams is now reunited with her many siblings who went before her.
Grams, thank you for your unconditional love. Our lives will continue to be enriched with your memory every day.


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