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Sylvia Donna Marzilli, of Newton, daughter of Jennie and Alfred Marzilli passed away on Monday, January 8, 2024, at the age of 80 surrounded by family at her home in Newton.  Sylvia is predeceased by her beloved husband and best friend, David Sellers; and leaves her children Dawn Marie Pechiney and her husband Robert, Melanie Friedman, Jennifer Lawson and her husband Steven, John Moore and his beautiful wife Lauren; along with David Sellers, Jr. and his wife, Keri; and Julie (Sellers) Sanborn.  She also leaves her 12 grandchildren Erik El-Masry and Jenna Ungerbuhler (husband Joey), Alex and Rachel Friedman, Joseph Dalicandro and Melanie Lawson, Vivian Rose and John James Moore; Owen and Gwenyth Sellers, Kylie and Mia Sanborn, along with many nieces and nephews whom she always entertained with her wonderful sense of humor.


She also leaves her best friends and sisters, Mary Ellen Erickson (husband Ralph) of Nashua, NH, Barbara Cardarelli of Waltham, and was predeceased by her brother Richard Marzilli of Lexington (wife Lee).


She was a graduate of Newton High School and Chandler School for Women.  She worked for nearly sixty years at John T. Burns Insurance Agency and prided herself on her hard work and industry knowledge.  She loved laughing with her family about all topics, spending her summer nights watching the Red Sox, all things Christmas, and celebrating the birthdays of her loved ones.  Pride leaked from her eyes whenever her children or grandchildren walked into the room.  She had her own humorous and unique way of communicating life’s lessons and articulating her various worldly opinions, but she always did so with a smile and quick wit.  Sylvia was a legendary Facebook warrior, often quoted by the masses with wide-eyed chuckles and nodding approvals.  She loved her neighborhood and remaining close to family, possessing her recognizable 21-year-old Ford Taurus with less than 5,000 miles.


Visitation will be Monday, January 15, from 3 – 8 pm at the Magni Funeral Home and a Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, January 16 at 10:30 am in Our Lady Help of Christians Church, 573 Washington St., Newton; burial to follow at Newton Cemetery. 


In lieu of flowers, donations in Sylvia's name would be greatly appreciated for the John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club of 675 Watertown St., Newton, MA at

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