Sylvia Rose Carney


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Freedom, New Hampshire - Sylvia Carney, of Freedom, passed away peacefully at home on September 8, 2019, after losing her valiant fight against lung cancer. She leaves behind her life partner, John Shipman, a son Michael Carney of Pepperell MA and his partner Rose Follett, a daughter Kathleen Carney of North Andover, MA and grandchildren Olivia, Andrew, Christopher, Fallon, and many dear friends. Sylvia was born in Lawrence, MA on March 9, 1943 to Alphonse and Caroline (Quaglietta) Frasca. She was predeceased by her parents and her sisters Connie O'Connor and Delores Arcidiacono; she has a brother, Jay Frasca of Haverhill, MA. Sylvia was an RN and had a business degree from University of New Hampshire. Before retirement she worked as a manager of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at Exeter Hospital, Exeter, NH. As a professional she cared deeply about the health and safety of factory and business workers, taking up the banner from her father, Al, who as union representative, cared about the workers in the shoe mills in Lawrence, MA. Sylvia inherited her skill for Italian cooking from her mother, Carol, where she put that secret ingredient, Love, into to every dish. She was happy in the kitchen cooking all day. Sylvia was also a walking enthusiast and daily would walk 3-5 miles; in all weather. She loved being outside and even took up cross country skiing and biking, always with trepidation but very happy when she made it through alive. Endurance was a natural skill for her. Sylvia had a generous spirit and gave unselfishly of her time as a volunteer to the Freedom Old Home Week Committee, The Freedom Public Library book club and the Freedom Historical Society. She had a fun-loving spirit that gave joy to all that knew her. She will be sorely missed.
There will be a memorial service for Sylvia at the First Christian Church of Freedom on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm followed by a reception at the Freedom Town Hall, Freedom, NH. In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift may be sent in her honor to The Freedom Historical Society, PO Box 548, Freedom, NH 03836.
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Published on September 11, 2019
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Bob McLellan
Sep 15, 2019
Sylvia was a colleague for many years at the Center for Occupational and Enviromental Health in Exeter, NH. She, along with other nurses at COEH, taught me so much about occupational health as I started my career. More than a colleagues, she was a dear and hilarious friend ... the kind who would tell you when you had a piece of spinach between your teeth or your nose could use some cleaning. Thank-you Sylvia for all you gave us. With love, Bob
Sep 15, 2019
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Diana (Assad) Zangari
Sep 12, 2019
Sylvia and I were very close friends in HS and beyond. We were in each other's Weddings. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. May she find peace in the arms of the Angels and may her family treasure all of the special moments and memories she has shared with them.