UNADILLA – Savalla Howland, 94, of Unadilla, a secretary and teacher’s aide at Sidney High School, passed away at home on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, following years of fighting cancer and heart disease.
Savalla was born on March 5, 1924, in Deposit, the daughter of Austin and Bertha (Whitman) Gifford. She was married to her late husband Charles H. Howland on Nov. 12, 1944 and shared 66 years together.
In her lifetime, Savalla worked several jobs but her true love was working with youth and children. She worked at Sidney High School as a secretary and teacher’s aide, as well as for DCMO BOCES as a special education teacher’s aide.
Savalla was a lifetime member of the Masonville Federated Church, serving as a youth and adult Sunday school teacher. She was a member of the Ladies Aid and Masonville Grange until it dissolved.
Through her lifetime, she and her husband Charles took in foster children and allowed many to have the privilege of staying at their family farm, enjoying great love and laughter.
Savalla was predeceased by her loving husband, Charles; sisters: Zilpha, Ellafern, Helen and Alta; brothers, Virgil and Rex, and her daughter, Sally Dean.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Charles V. and Colleen Howland; daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Doug McKown; grandchildren: Amy Dean Heap (Chuck), Christy Dean Eastwood (Steve), Corey Dean (Jody Hitt), Michelle Howland Brame (Brad), Josie Howland East (Chad Roof), Barrett Howland (Jenna), Kasta Howland, Heather McKown Amatuccio (Michael), Ember McKown; along with 15 great-grandchildren and 2 great, great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews as well as 1 very special family, Buck, Scott and Cindy Somers.
Friends may call 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Masonville Federated Church in Masonville. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. with Rev. David Gatje officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catskill Area Hospice or the Masonville Federated Church. Share condolences and memories online at www.landersfh.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.