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Sylvia M. Renfrew

January 3, 1933 — February 8, 2024

Brattleboro, VT

Sylvia M. Renfrew, 91, passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2024, in Vernon, VT.  She moved from her beloved mobile home in August 2018 to Holton Home Assisted Living until requiring the more skilled nursing that Vernon Green provided.  Sylvia was fortunate to be able to play bingo, cards and dominoes until the end.  She always said “they like me here because I don’t complain”.  She really didn’t, and she smiled a lot!


She was born on January 03,1933 in Brattleboro, VT, to the late Clayton R and Florence (Ames) Renfrew.  She was the “go to” babysitter for many families in Brattleboro for many years. She was active at her church, First Congregational Church of Christ in West Brattleboro, participating in many activities…Friendship Club, Thursday Night Club…and she specially enjoyed cooking and baking for the church and her friends.  She loved travel and swimming.


She attended Academy School with her neighbor George Martin, meeting her best friend Jeane when she married George.  


Although never married and had no children of her own, she always thought of the kids she sat for, as her kids.  She talked about those days with many fond memories.


While Sylvia loved flowers, she was also appreciative of the services she was provided as a child at Boston Childrens’ Hospital should you wish to make a contribution to them in her memory.


The service will be on Friday, 23 February 2024 at 11:00am at First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave, Brattleboro VT with Rev Jeremy Kirk officiating. Light refreshments at the church to follow. Sylvia’s burial will be held privately at the Meetinghouse Hill in Brattleboro. 


Ker Phaneuf Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. To view an online tribute, leave a message of condolence or for more information please visit

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Friday, February 23, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

First Congregational Church

880 VT-9, West Brattleboro, VT 05301

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