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Virginia Sylva

Private services for the family of Virginia “Ginny” Sylva of Alta Sierra will be conducted. A celebration of life for family and friends will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at The Moose Lodge, 15694 Allison Ranch Road in Grass Valley.

Mrs. Sylva died Friday, July 30, at Sutter Roseville Medical Center. She was 77.

She was born May 31, 1927, in Martinsville, Ohio, to Scott and Catherine Wheeler. She moved from Cleveland, Ohio, to Alta Sierra with her husband, Robert Stillwaugh, in 1973. In 1986, she married Frank Sylva. She was an accomplished seamstress, and owned and operated Ginny’s Alterations for over 25 years. She was a member of the Sierra Center for Positive Living in Grass Valley, Women of the Moose (WOTM 1751) and also the Elks Lodge.



She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Gail and Paul Maxson of Sacramento; daughter, Beth Stillwaugh of Roseville; sons Scott Stillwaugh and Steven Stillwaugh both of Grass Valley; brothers William Wheeler of Roseville, and Gary Wheeler of Grass Valley; sisters Reba Stout of Feesburg, Ohio, Janet Wheeler of Northern Kentucky, and Patty Fawley of New Vienna, Ohio; grandsons Jordan and Joshua Stillwaugh of Grass Valley and Taylor and Blake Cervantes of Roseville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Sylva, in 1998.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sierra Center for Positive Living, P.O. box 1439, Nevada City 95959-1439, or to Hospice of the Foothills, 12399 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley 95945.




Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary.


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