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Tsuruko "Suki" Sylvester,87

Tsuruko Funakoshi Sylvester, better known as Suki, daughter of Shoken and Kamede Funakoshi. She passed away by pancreatic cancer at the age of 87 on March 9, 2023 at her home surrounded by her immediate family. She was born in Okinawa, Japan on August 10th, 1935, the oldest daughter who was raised with her brothers and sisters. She was married in 1961, she then moved to Williamstown, MA. In addition to residing in Massachusetts, she had also resided in both Virginia and North Carolina. Suki was a petite woman who loved quilting, baking, gardening, and the Boston Celtics. Most of all, Suki loved taking care of and spending time with her family. Even in her 80’s, she traveled by herself to both Okinawa and New York to spend time with family members. She is survived with her husband of 61 years, George Sylvester, her daughter Jean Rheingold & her husband Ron of Rockville Centre, NY, her son Joseph Sylvester & wife Michelle of Pittsfield, MA, and grandchildren Connor Sylvester, Dylan Rose Rheingold and Jade Harumi Rheingold.

Suki graduated from North Adams Home Health Aide Program, she then went on to work with the North Adams Nurses Association and also in a private practice. She became a U.S. Citizen on October 4th, 1989.

A small family service will be held at Flynn & Dagnoli Funeral Home, WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St. North Adams, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice Care of the Berkshires at 877 South Street, Pittsfield MA 01201. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit

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Jean and Joe, I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to both of you and your family.
from: Jean Granton: 03-17-2023

To Jean and Joe. I was sorry to read about the loss of your mother. I remember meeting her a few times when I came over to your house to buy some old comic books from Joe and when I was on the wrestling team with Joe and graduated Mt. Greylock with Jean. My thoughts and good wishes to you both and your father.
from: Jim "Cricket" Wondoloski, Jron: 03-15-2023

Jean, Joe and family, I am deeply sorry for your loss. Remember her for the wonderful mother she was. Your memories will help you through the worst times. Prayers and hugs to you all.
from: Marcia Tessier Austinon: 03-13-2023

coach i am sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with your family Don bear LeBlanc
from: don leblancon: 03-12-2023

Our condolences George and family, We have fond memories to look back on our friend over the years, Remember the good times!
from: on: 03-12-2023

Suki was one of the strongest people I have ever met. A pillar of graciousness. She was never without kind words, a smile, and an offer of food. Coffee, cookies, cake, and pie. There was no escape from her giving. I spent a year living with the family in their home in 1981. I was 14 years old. She was the most loving person. Full of good will. Thank you, Suki, and to Joe and the Sylvester family, for helping me out when I was young. For being my lifetime friend. Rest in peace Suki, your kindness will be with us always.
from: Cleave Carteron: 03-12-2023

Our deepest sympathies To George and family, we will miss our friend dearly, but will remember the good times. Rest in peace Suki!
from: Jane Fagleyon: 03-11-2023

George sending deepest sympathies . I have fond memories of your family..
from: Claire Boyer Kristensen on: 03-11-2023

Joe, We are so sorry to hear about your mom. Please know you are in our thoughts.
Laurie & Al
from: Laurie Wiles on: 03-10-2023

Joe I am saddened to hear the passing of your mom. May your memories help you threw your grief. Your in my thoughts and prayers.
from: Lisa Cahillon: 03-10-2023