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IN MEMORIAM: Sylvia Barringer, 87;

Raised 9 Children After Husband Died

Sylvia Barringer
Sylvia Barringer

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Sylvia Barringer, 87, who raised nine children on her own in Herkimer after her husband died in 1968, died Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at Bassett Hospital with her family by her side.

Survivors include a daughter in Oneonta and four children in Richfield Springs.

She was born on July 4, 1928, in Herkimer, daughter of the late Joseph and Ida Atkinson Doyle. She was raised in Herkimer and graduated from Herkimer High School.


In 1947 she married Robert Barringer in the First United Methodist Herkimer. They shared a devoted union of 21 years until his passing on Dec. 16, 1968.

After raising nine children on her own, she went to work in the housekeeping department at Folts Home in Herkimer. She retired in 1993.

In her leisure time Sylvia enjoyed knitting, reading and traveling to Maine and Florida. To all who knew her, Mrs. Barringer was the strength that held her family together and was always there for them in good times or bad.
She was happiest when spending time with her many friends and family, especially her cherished grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She will be truly missed.

Surviving are her children: Beverly Evans of Oneonta, Carolyn (Richard) Buck of Ilion and Florida, Barbara (Richard) Mooney of North Carolina, Marylou Gravelding of Florida, Debra (Rodney) Toner, Shirley Campbell, and Steven (Bonnie) Barringer, all of Richfield Springs, Richard Barringer of Kirkwood, Dawn (Ronald) Sloboda of Florida. Also, several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, a sister Patricia Eckler of Herkimer, sister-in-laws Jean and Tillie Doyle and Janet (John) Kucerak (John).

Besides her parents and husband Robert, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Julia Johnson, Elizabeth Wells, Mildred Doyle, Frances Doyle; four brothers, Ed, Herman, Joseph and Richard Doyle; son-in-law, Philip Gravelding; sisters-in-law Shirley LaFountain and Gail Myers, and brothers-in-law Kenneth, Harold and Frederick Barringer.

Calling hours will be noon-2 p.m. Friday, April 15, at J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, Richfield Springs. The funeral service will follow immediately at 2 at the funeral home, with the Rev. Robert Wollaber, pastor of Morning Star Ministries, officiating. Interment will follow in Highland Rural Cemetery, Jordanville.

Memorial donations may be made to the Richfield Springs Emergency Rescue Squad or West Winfield Ambulance. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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