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Sylvia M. Stepien, 86
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Sylvia M. Stepien, 86, of McMinnville died Saturday, Feb. 16, at NHC Healthcare of McMinnville after an extended illness.
She was born in Syracuse, N.Y., Nov. 27, 1926, the daughter of the late Ruth (Phillips) and Hollis  Cassidy. She was the widow of Chester R. Stepien of McMinnville.
She was a member of St. Catherine’s Catholic Church McMinnville where she served as eucharistic minister for many years and had been active in the Altar Society holding every office but treasurer.
She worked as a homemaker and was an active member of the community. Sylvia was a volunteer at River Park Hospital. She belonged to the Red Hat Society. She loved golfing as her first passionate pastime along with quilting. She was a member of The Barbersharps singing group for many years, sharing her talented voice with everyone.
She is survived by daughter Catherine R. and husband John Fiermonte of Smyrna; two sons Richard (Dick) P. Sr. and wife Mechele Stepien of McMinnville, Chester R. Jr. and wife  Mary Stepien of Rockwood; eight grandchildren, David Stepien, Rick Stepien and wife Veronica, Kimberly and husband Charlie Jones, John (Spike) and wife Nori Baca, Joe and wife Melissa Baca, Jennifer and husband James Federanich, Steven Stepien, Alex Stepien, and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester R. Stepien Sr., parents, Hollis and Ruth (Phillips) Cassidy; one brother, William Cassidy.
Rosary was said Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Gardens of Memory Funeral Home by St. Catherine’s Catholic Church. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 8 to 10 a.m. at Gardens of Memory Funeral Home. Funeral service is Wednesday at 11 a.m. with Father David Cooney officiating. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Smartt Station. To sign the online guest book, visit
Gardens of Memory Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Southern Standard
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Feb. 20, 2013