Sylvia Jean Reibel, 72, of 22979 N. Mosiertown Road, Saegertown, passed away unexpectedly Friday, July 26, 2013, at Saint Vincent Health System, Erie.
Born in Meadville on Feb. 6, 1941, Sylvia was a daughter of the late Donald John Willis and Vera Weimer Willis. She married Alfred C. Reibel on April 23, 1960, and he survives.
Following her graduation from Cambridge Springs High School in 1959, Sylvia was employed briefly at the former San Rosario Nursing Home and the Home Restaurant, both in Cambridge Springs.
Following her marriage, she, together with her husband, operated their dairy farm until 1997. Sylvia was well known as the store clerk at Jim Howles Grocery in Venango from 1975 until the present and also was the Cussewago Township tax collector for the past 36 years. In her younger days, she was a Cub Scout den mother.
Sylvia was a member of Saint Philips Catholic Church in Crossingville.
In addition to her husband, Alfred, of 53 years, she is survived by three sons, Alfred Reibel Jr. and his wife, Brenda, of Cambridge Springs and their children Aaron, Jimmy, Leah and John Reibel; Timothy Reibel and his wife, Deborah, of Virginia Beach, Va., and their children Drew and Cole Reibel; and Donald Reibel of Saegertown and his children Mackenzie and Amber Frazier and her husband, Kyle. She also is survived by five sisters, April Roy of Las Vegas, Nev., Donna Brown of Norristown, Sara Burton and her husband, Rich, of Canton, Ga., Fidelis Orr and her husband, Ed, of Erie, and Cynthia Filegar and her husband, James, of Duncansville; a brother-in-law, Bob Messer of Easton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Naomi Messer; and a grandson, Matthew, who passed away in 1989.
Calling hours are Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Van Matre Family Funeral Home, 335 Venango Ave., Cambridge Springs.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at Saint Philip’s Catholic Church in Crossingville, with the Rev. Chris Hamlett, pastor, as celebrant.
Interment will be in St. James Cemetery, Crossingville.
Memorial gifts may be given to the Venango Volunteer Fire Department, 21472 Church St., Venango, Pa. 16440.
To send condolences, please visit vanmatrefuneralhome.com.