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Sylvia M. (Allen) Petrin

May 29, 1936 ~ January 5, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old

Sylvia Petrin Obituary

West Brookfield - Sylvia M.(Allen) Petrin, 86, passed away peacefully, on January 5, 2023, at The Overlook in Charlton. Sylvia is survived by her loving children; Cheryl Shoum and her husband Joseph of Ware, Janine Goudreau and her husband Darryl of East Brookfield, Joseph Petrin and his wife Terri of Cicero, NY, Jackie Befford and her husband Michael of East Brookfield, and Jamie Petrin and her husband Kelly Cannon of Franklin.


She also leaves her grandchildren; Jason Toppin and Delia, Joshua Toppin and Kylie Baldwin, Mikayla Befford and Tyler Swalec, Abby Befford and Leo Germiniani, Joe Petrin Jr., Jonny Petrin, Julia (Coco) Petrin, Riley Cannon and Jessi Cannon; great-grandchild; Jade Toppin.


Also survived by her brother, Arthur Allen, and her sisters; Carol Dulak, Barbara Niemiec, and Dorothy Cebula. Sylvia is predeceased by her siblings, James Allen, Charles Allen, Catherine Knight, June Beausoleil, Marjorie Allen and her parents; Arthur and Ruby Allen.


Sylvia was the wife of the late Leo LaParle, who died in 1962 , and Joseph C. N. Petrin, who died in 2019.


Sylvia worked many years as a school bus driver in West Brookfield. She also worked as a clerk for Betty Gundersen Studio of Dance before working at ITAC Industries and a local braided rug company. She enjoyed family vacations in York, Maine and spending time with her children and grandchildren.


Calling hours will be held on Friday, January 13, 2023 in the Varnum Funeral Home, Inc., 43 East Main St., in West Brookfield, from 2pm-4pm.  In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in her memory to Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL, 60601, or online at



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Calling Hours
January 13, 2023

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Varnum Funeral Home, Inc.
43 East Main Street
West Brookfield, MA 01585


Alzheimer's Association
225 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL 60601


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