Sylvia Marie DePerte

February 13, 1931November 1, 2018

DEPERTE, Sylvia M. (nee Unrein), 87 of Surprise, AZ passed away Thursday November 1, 2018 after a long illness. Sylvia was born February 13, 1931 in Schoenchen, KS to Benedict and Bernadine Unrein. Sylvia moved to Waukegan, Illinois at an early age and resided in the Waukegan and Beach Park areas until moving to Arizona in 2007. Sylvia attended Mother of God School and Waukegan High School. She was a member of the Mother of God parish and Our Lady of Humility parish, and after moving to Arizona Sylvia became a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Surprise. She was previously employed by Illinois Bell Telephone Co. as an operator, A&P food stores as a cashier, was a school crossing guard for many years at the intersection of Tenth St and Elmwood Ave. in Waukegan, and was retired from Lake Forest Hospital Communications Dept. It was in Waukegan at the Academy Theatre that she met her future husband, Joseph V. DePerte and they were married in 1949. Sylvia worked tirelessly to provide for her children. She enjoyed gardening and working in the yard. She was an avid doll collector and loved to sew. She enjoyed family and friends get-togethers, and was a master of the game rummy cube. Sylvia is survived by her children, Michael (Donna) DePerte of Tupelo, MS, Peter (Karen) DePerte of Grayslake, IL, Paula (Richard) Main of Clayton, GA, Tony (Carolyn) DePerte of Wittmann, AZ, Jacqueline (Don) Zirkelbach of Brooklyn, MI, and Kevin (Cherie) DePerte of Waddell, AZ; grandchildren, Michael Jr, Ann Marie, Heather, Katie, Vito, Adrienne, Eric, Chandele, Zachary, Brenda, Josh, and Adam; great-grandchildren, Logan, Dylan, Jenna, Anthony, Brenda, Ninnette, Noah, Shayla, Brianna, Zita, Bodin and Logan; brothers, Richard (Nona) Unrein, Darrel (Joy) Unrein; sisters, Ann (the late Raymond) Powers, Melba (the late Sam) Ingoglia; a dear former daughter in-law, Linda (Terry) Dodge; and many nieces, nephews, friends and former neighbors that she was especially fond of. She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph in 2004; son Kevin in 1963; father, Benedict in 1967; mother, Bernadine in 1993; brother, Robert in 1996; and sister Elsie (Tom) Phillips in 2005. A Memorial Service will be held at Our Lady of Humility Church in Beach Park, IL on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 11:00 AM. There will be no visitation. Private Interment will be at Ascension Cemetery, in Libertyville, IL. Donations in Sylvia’s memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, at, or to the Hearing Health Foundation, To sign the guestbook online, and to share your memories, and send condolences and well-wishes to the family, please visit,


  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 17, 2018

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Marion Severud

December 5, 2018

Tony, Carolyn and DeParte family ~ Sylvia was an amazing next door neighbor and friend during our winters in Arizona. She was the first neighbor to welcome us to Sun City Grand and over the years became my "Arizona Mom". She lovingly helped me restore five of my mother's dolls and encouraged me in countless sewing projects. I will always have such fond memories of our time together and am so great full for her friendship.

Marion Severud

Rachel Lee

November 14, 2018

Sending love and condolences to the family. I am so sorry for your loss and hope you find comfort in all your great memories. Sylvia was a gracious lady and I will always remember her bright smile and cheerfulness. May she rest in peace,

Peggy Baker

November 11, 2018

Tony & Carolyn,
So sorry to hear about Tony' s mom. I just by chance stumbled upon this notice. I hope you find comfort knowing that others are thinking of you & sending our thoughts & prayers during this difficult time in your lives.
With deepest sympathy,
Peggy & Scott Baker

Jim Knobbe

November 7, 2018

So sorry for your loss to the DePerte family. My Mom always talked about her, and was worried for her and all of you DePertes. She was a great neighbor and friend to all of us Knobbes and will be dearly missed. May she Rest In Peace

Rachel Zirkelbach Lee

November 5, 2018

My condolences to the DePerte Family. I am so sorry for your loss and hope you find comfort in all your fond memories. Sylvia was a beautiful woman and brought smiles and joy to so many people, she will be missed. May she rest in peace. Sending love and prayers, Rachel

Tom Hansen

November 5, 2018

I am truly sorry to hear about your loss. Your mom (my cousin) was a great woman and she will be remembered. My condolences.