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Sylvia Ann Truche

November 6, 1936 — May 2, 2024

Key Largo


Rather than say how Sylvia Truche died, let me tell you how she lived. Sylvia was brought into this world along with brother Al and sister Patty by parents Benjamin and Gloria Chatel. She was raised in Salem, MA and often joked about being a Salem witch. Adventure, family, and fun were always a priority for Sylvia. She rode horses as a teen, danced and partied with soon-to-be husband Raymond (Sonny) Truche, golfed with GTE Sylvania coworkers, skied the Swiss Alps with family and friends, and traveled extensively with Sonny before they both retired to Key Largo, FL. After raising two sons, Raymond and David, in Danvers, MA, she was thrilled to shop for bridal gowns with Dave’s bride-to-be Debbie and couldn’t get to the hospital fast enough to bring a cute pink velvet dress to her first granddaughter Lindsay. Lindsay was soon joined by a second granddaughter Megan. Sylvia loved children and spent countless hours entertaining her sons and granddaughters. Both sons were competitive swimmers and Sylvia was always there to cheer them on. Sometimes the adventures with her granddaughters were small like sitting on a huge boulder in the backyard and pretending to be on a boat to China. Sometimes they were big like swimming with the dolphins in Key Largo or traveling to the Grand Canyon. When good friends needed someone to care for their young son Alex, Sylvia and Sonny jumped right in and the adventures continued. Sylvia and Sonny were fun-loving and mingled with people of all ages and walks of life. Sylvia had a need for speed and rode on a motorcycle with a friend, experienced a ride in a Petty race car, and dreamed of flying in an F16 with one of her Air Force pilot friends. She lost Sonny in 2011 and stayed in Key Largo. Her days always started with a bowl of Frosted Flakes and a walk in the park, and ended with a glass of red wine and watching Forensic Files on TV. She slowed down a bit late in life but would always get up to dance if someone played Mustang Sally. Hers was a life well lived and she will be greatly missed.

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