Sylvia D. Hayes

November 2, 1934June 30, 2018

Ms. Sylvia "Sally" Hayes, age 83 of Baldwinsville, NY and formerly of Massena, NY passed away on June 30 at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, NY. A funeral service will be held at St. Mary's Church at 105 Cornell Avenue in Massena, NY on Friday July 6 at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow the service at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Potsdam. On-line condolences can be shared Messages in Sally’s memory can be shared, and memorial donations may be made to the Crouse Health Foundation, 736 Irving Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210 or online in support of the Palliative Medicine Program at Crouse Hospital in Sylvia Hayes's name. The family extends thanks to Dr. Melinda McMinn and the nursing staff at Crouse for their loving support and care of Sally in her final days. Sally was a social studies and English teacher at Clarence Central High School in New York State in the late 1950s and early 1960s and Norwood-Norfolk High School in the late 1960s, and an English teacher at Massena Central High School from 1975-1995. She was born on November 2, 1934 in Warsaw, NY to the late Basil Doody and Dorothy Maloney. She was a graduate of Letchworth (N.Y.) Central High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Albany State Teachers College (now SUNY at Albany) and a Master's degree from the University of Michigan. She was married to the late Daniel Hayes of Potsdam and Massena, NY, on July 14, 1962 at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Silver Springs NY. Sally was also a homemaker for many years prior to and after her retirement from teaching, and sewed clothing and later quilts that she generously gave to family members. Sally also traveled extensively in the U.S., Canada and Europe, and was an amateur genealogist who drafted a manuscript summarizing her findings and thoughts on family and national history. She is survived by her children Michael (Cosette) Hayes of Baltimore, MD, Sara (John) Dalton of Canandaigua, NY, Sheila (Michael) Heaton of Baldwinsville, NY and Susan (Mark) Penhollow of Baldwinsville, NY, 9 grandchildren Margaret and Patrick Dalton; Matthew, Madeleine, and Emma Sara Heaton; Joseph Hayes and Autumn Cangelosi; Owen and Nora Penhollow; two great grandchildren; eleven nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law Joyce DelBalzo, and she is predeceased by a sister Geraldine Smith, brother- and sister-in-law George and Barbara Barney, brothers-in-law Eugene DelBalzo and Robert Smith and nephew Thomas Smith.


  • Crouse Health Foundation


  • Funeral Service Friday, July 6, 2018
  • Burial Friday, July 6, 2018

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Mae Niles

July 10, 2018

Sally taught my children and became a friend to me. She was one of the most
Down to earth and simply the loveliest lady . Truly a great teacher one of the best at Massena, NY. I worked at the Massena Public Library and it was always such a pleasure when she came in, she would always talk about her children and what was going on . Such a personable lady. My condolences to
Her family .

Kurt Barney

July 7, 2018

Where do I begin? What great memories I have growing up with Uncle Dan, Aunt Sally and family. A person could not ask for fonder memories! Nothing meant more to Sally than family and friends. Whether it was at home in Massena or camp at Blake Pond, Sally was always there to greet you with open arms. I remember in passing telling Aunt Sally that I loved her banana cream pie and so for the next 30 years if she knew I was in the area there was always a freshly baked banana cream pie waiting for me at 50 Roosevelt St. I will miss you dearly Aunt Sally and until we meet again rest in peace and know you are dearly loved by all.

Kathleen Heaton-garguilo

July 6, 2018

My dearest Sheila

Your mom , Mrs Sylvia Hayes was a classy , intelligent gifted woman .

I can remember her pushing your babies in the stroller on Bonnie Brae when she came to visit.
I enjoyed having conversations with her and amazed by her brilliance.
She was so proud of you Sheila.
My heart is so sad for you .
I just found out this hour and I am so sorry I am not there to pay my respects.
She will be an angel on your shoulder now.
Your children were so blessed to have such an amazing grandmother and role model.
God bless you all on this sad day.

With Love, your cousin Kathy Heaton-Garguilo


July 5, 2018

Michael,Sara,Sheila and Susan, I was so very sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom . She truly was a classy lady. She always made me feel right at home. I have fond memories of seeing and talking w/her, when the gang would gather for a game of risk , dungeons and dragons. She had a great sense of humor. I was often envious of my fellow classmates who had her as their teacher. I kept thinking what a gas she must be . I will miss her. I pray that you can all find some comfort at this time.
Speaking from experience no words or actions can ease what you are going through. But the memories and love that you all felt her will help carry you through. I regret that I will be unable to attend the funeral services due to my work schedule. But you will all be in my thoughts . If there is anything I can do please do not hesitate. My love to you all. Eugene aka Huey

Kathy Dodge

July 4, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Sally as a remarkable woman and gifted teacher.
Sally was my mentor teacher when I first entered a classroom as a student teacher in 1982. Sally inspired me to dig deeper to present the best possible education to our students. She was creative, energetic, positive, curious, profound, and she helped me learn how it was done, and more importantly WHY it was done. Sally’s reverence for knowledge, and thirst to share knowledge and thought shone through her twinkling eyes and spirited smile, encouraging all of her students. I was a better teacher for having her guidance and encouragement.

Dan LaCourse

July 4, 2018

Mrs Hayes was an instant favorite of mine among the grownups. She had some kind of twinkle in her eye, full of mischievous curiosity and above all a boundless welcoming warmth that made me feel right at ease. Rest in peace.

Martha Slack

July 4, 2018

Dear Hayes Family,
We were so sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. She was such a Lady and wonderful person. She was a joy to teach with and a gift to so many Massena children through out her career. Thoughts and prayers to you all.
Martha and Jeff Slack

Walt & Lynn Clark

July 4, 2018

Walt and I enjoyed teaching with Sally at Massena High School. We remember with fondness her smile that you have shared with us one more time. You all made your parents so proud. Keep your memories in your heart and smile like your mom.

Walt and Lynn Clark
Rotonda West, Fl

Carl Del Balzo

July 3, 2018

Aunt Sally was so warm and generous to me over the years, and the many weeks I visited over summers growing up. She was fun and had a great sense of humor. Mary and I send our condelences to the Hayes family, Mike, Sara, Sheila and Susan and hope your memories provide some comfort during this hard time.
--Carl Del Balzo

Lindsey Hazelton

July 3, 2018

Mrs. Hayes was one of my MOST favorite teachers at MCHS. She was instrumental in fostering my love for reading and writing and I learned so much from Im sure did so many of her students through the years. I had no idea she was here in the Syracuse area (as I have been for 20+ years). I would have loved to connect with her (and have her critique my writing after all these years! ;)
Im sure this is not an easy time, but I am hopeful you have many wonderful memories to cherish.

With sincere sympathy,
Lindsey Helmer Hazelton