Sylvia Z Berry

Born: Wed., Dec. 2, 1936
Died: Sun., Mar. 16, 2014

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Port Royal--Sylvia Z. Berry, 77, of Port Royal, passed away Sunday, March 16, 2014, in the Emergency Room of Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital. Born Dec. 2, 1936, in Lewistown, she was a daughter of the late J. Lloyd and Anna (Snyder) Zendt. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Robert Eugene Berry, whom she married on June 23, 1957; one son, Douglas R. Berry and wife, Linda, of Lewisberry; one daughter, Kathy Holmes and husband, Kenton, of Lewisberry; one sister, Marjorie Z. Hack and husband, Gary, of McAlisterville; and six grandchildren, Seth and Todd Berry, Mackenzie and Megan Holmes, and Ashley and Emily Hardy. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Lee Zendt and Harold Zendt. Sylvia graduated in 1954 from East Juniata High School where she was the class valedictorian. When she retired, she was the supervisor in the Juniata County Office of the Department of Public Welfare. She was a member of the Port Royal Lutheran Church. She was active in the Port Royal Literary Guild and with several pinochle and bridge clubs. She enjoyed traveling, camping, and quilting and was a Phillies fan. But, most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially with her grandchildren and supporting them in their sports activities. Her funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 21 at Port Royal Lutheran Church, 402 Market Street, Port Royal, with the Rev. Charles Hershberger officiating. Interment will be in Lost Creek Mennonite Cemetery, Mifflintown. There will be a viewing Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Guss Funeral Home, Inc., 20 S. Third Street, Mifflintown. There will not be a viewing at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Port Royal Lutheran Church Handicapped Accessibility Fund, PO Box 267, Port Royal, PA 17082 or to the American Diabetes Association, 3544 N. Progress Ave, Suite 101, Harrisburg, PA 17110. Condolences may be left at


Thursday, March 20, 2014 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Guss Funeral Home, Inc.
20 South Third Street
Mifflintown, PA 17059

Funeral Service

Friday, March 21, 2014 1:30pm
Port Royal Evangelical Lutheran Church
402 Market Street
Port Royal, PA 17082


Friday, March 21, 2014 following the service
Lost Creek Mennonite Cemetery
Mifflintown, PA 17059


Thursday, March 20, 2014 by 2 pm
(At Funeral Home: 20 South Third Street; Mifflintown, PA 17059)


Port Royal Lutheran Church Handicapped Accessibility Fund
PO Box 267
Port Royal, PA 17082

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Cheryl Barth
   Posted Tue March 18, 2014
Sylvia was my very first boss way back in 1986. I learned a lot from her. I always was very fond of her and am very sorry to hear of her passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. She will be missed.

Erica Naylor
   Posted Tue March 18, 2014
Awww sweet Miss Sylvia, so very sad to hear of your passing, you were one of my favorites! I know you are resting peacefully now and that brings joy to my heart. My deepest sympathy to the family! May you rest in sweet peace Miss Sylvia!

Kim and Brad Holmes
   Posted Tue March 18, 2014
Please accept our heartfelt condolences for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Lowell and Patty Shearer
   Posted Thu May 29, 2014
Lowell and Patty Shearer Mar 18, 2014
We will always remember the good times we had with Sylvia and Gene! We extend our sincere sympathy to Gene and the family!