Sylvia Glennon passed away peacefully on Sunday morning at the Atrium at Rocky Hill. Born February 25, 1938 in Tampa, Florida, Sylvia was raised by her loving Great Aunt Laverta (“Sister”) Lee in Fort Myers and attended Fort Myers schools where she excelled, including skipping the fourth grade. When her aunt passed when Sylvia was 14, she relocated to Connecticut to live with relatives and went to graduate from Crosby High School at age 16. Sylvia then chose to enroll at the University of Connecticut.
Sylvia met her future husband, Glenn Glennon, during her freshman year at the University of Connecticut. They married in October of 1956. After spending time at Fort Benning, Georgia, the couple returned to Connecticut to raise a family. Sylvia loved being a wife to Glenn and a mother to her five children. She kept busy as Deputy Register of Voters in Berlin, CT, writing for both the New Britain Herald and the Hartford Courant, as well as serving as Chief Moderator of several elections for the town of Berlin.
Sylvia later obtained a position at the Trinity College Library as a cataloguer and later as a rare books cataloguer. One of her more notable projects included the honor of cataloging Mark Twain’s personal library and correspondence. After leaving Trinity, she worked for the Connecticut State Library, Berlin Peck Library, and served as head librarian for the Berlin Free Library. Sylvia was a member of the Berlin Congregational Church for over 50 years. She served on many boards and was a Deaconess in her younger years.
Sylvia was described as shy, modest, quick-witted and elegant. She loved her Friday night card games with her lifelong friends. Sylvia could beat anyone at Jeopardy, Scrabble, Perquacky and most any game of cards. Her greatest joys were her husband, children and grandchildren. In addition to husband Glenn, she is survived by five children and their spouses: Scott Glennon and his wife Christine, Jill McNally and her husband Walter, Amy Watt and her husband Allan, Matthew Glennon and his wife Debra, and Jennifer Remmes and her husband Dan, as well as grandchildren Julia, Shannon, Dylan, Mason, Devon, Colin, Serena and Miranda.
Sylvia was also predeceased by infant son Richard, her father and mother, John Hoard and Paula Roberts, her brother, John Hoard Jr., and her decades-long friends, Helen O’Connell, Shirley Recck, Laura Conger, and Esther Woodruff.
The family would like to thank the staff and employees of the Atrium for their loving care of Sylvia. Due to safety issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the funeral will be limited to family members. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Berlin Congregational Church, 878 Worthington Ridge, Berlin, CT 06037. Erickson-Hansen Funeral Home of Berlin is in charge of arrangements.