Sylvia Geddes

Sylvia Geddes (Cohen) 83 of Albany, NY died peacefully on January 6, 2018 at St. Peter’s Hospital surrounded by close family. Sylvia was born in Newark, NJ on February 13, 1934 to the late Benjamin Cohen and Pauline Cohen (Dolgoff).

She graduated from Albany HS in 1951. Sylvia worked for various New York State agencies over her 34 year career and spent several years running the Rensselaer Train Station cafe. Once retired she centralized on spending time with her granddaughters and making frequent trips to the local grocery store chains almost daily. Wherever she went, whomever she encountered was greeted with a smile and filled in on her daily events. Sylvia loved to talk and gather information on anyone she came in contact with. Her quick wit and sense of humor were what she was well known for. Sylvia selflessly gave to everyone she loved and that included many. Whomever she became close to thought of her as their second mother. This made her loved by many. Her most recent passions were her granddaughters. She loved each and every one of them in her own unique way and would brag about them to anyone she came into contact with. This was the case up until she passed.

Sylvia is survived by her brother William (PattyJo) Cohen of Niskayuna, NY Sons Mark (Lisa) Geddes of Slingerlands, NY, Todd (Stacy) Geddes of Wynantskill, NY, Benjamin (Patricia) Gregory of Clifton Park, NY, granddaughters Alyssa, Carylann, Sydney and Madison Geddes, Matthew & Robert Gregory, Kelly Wiseman and their children, step daughters Celine (Gary) Mel, Monique (Bill) Matusczek, their children and grandchildren and her faithful life saving canine companion Buddy. Included in her survivors was her very special friend Lisa (Bill) Dobbs of Colonie, NY and several nieces, nephews, cousins and very close friends throughout the country. Sylvia had so many fans and admirers due to her incredible personality and unconditional love. She will be greatly missed by many.

Funeral services to be held 1:30 PM Tuesday, January 9, 2018 in The Levine Memorial Chapel, 649 Washington Ave. Albany.  Interment will follow in Beth Tephilah Cemetery, Spring Ave. Troy.

In lieu of flowers donations in Sylvia’s memory may be made to the  Albany Co. Meals on Wheels, 20 Rensselaer St. Albany, NY 12202.