Sylvia Ann Finnicum - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Sylvia Ann Finnicum

Born August 30, 1940

Sylvia Ann Finnicum, 76, of Newark, DE and Port Charlotte, FL, passed away on Friday, September 30, 2016.

Born in East Moline, IL on August 30, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Elizabeth (Vermeulen) Willard. Sylvia was a farmer’s daughter of strong stock. She grew up in Henry County, Illinois and attended grade and high school in Cambridge where she met her eventual husband, Tom. He went off to the University of Illinois and they soon married and together scraped and scratched their way to his graduation. Upon graduation, they and their three sons moved often the first ten years with the DuPont Company but Newark was always home base. For the past 22 years, Sylvia and Tom have been snowbirds between Newark and Port Charlotte, Florida.

An avid golfer, she and her husband were members of both the Riverwood Golf Club in Port Charlotte and Newark Country Club. Sylvia was a master gardener and quilter and she loved garage sales. Most importantly, Sylvia was a talented homemaker who devoted her life to her loving family.

Sylvia fought a courageous battle against lung cancer beginning 12 years ago and gained unexpected remission at that time. Unfortunately, the cancer returned a year ago. Her family has deep appreciation for the care she received by the staff at Christiana Care of Newark and the Florida Cancer Specialists of Port Charlotte.

She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Loren Thomas Finnicum; children, Bradley T. Finnicum (Sheila) of Wilmington, NC, Douglas S. Finnicum (Sandra) of Kansas City, KS, and Bruce W. Finnicum (Carmen) of Newark; sister, Delila Brock of Clarksville, TN; grandchildren, Samuel, Matthew, Timothy, Brett, Dana, Ariel, and Brooke Finnicum; and her loving Shih Tzu, Archie.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Saturday morning, October 8, 2016, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, DE, where a memorial service will follow at 11:00 am. Interment will be held privately in All Saints Cemetery. Friends and family are cordially invited to a reception immediately following the memorial service at the Newark Country Club, 300 West Main Street, Newark, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Sylvia’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 92 Read’s Way, Ste. 205, New Castle, DE 19720 or to Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Center, 2nd Floor, Newark, DE, 19711.


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  • Dear Carmen and Bruce,

    please accept our most sincere condolences on the passing of your mother and mother in-law.
    We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love always, Jörg and Iris Busch

  • I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. I did not know them personally, but I know the pain of losing a loved one in the battle of an illness. Something that has brought me comfort during such times is the Bible’s promise at Revelation 21:4, stating that God will soon remove all tears, pain and death. I look forward to such a time, and hope that these words may be comforting to you as well.

  • Hi Tom
    Ginny and I were sad to hear of Silvia’s passing. It just seemed like a few days ago when your brother John and I visited you and Silvia at Champaign when you were still in engineering school. I remember you and your 3 boys in your small trailer at Champaign but you both worked hard for your future success with Dupont.

    Rich Nelson

  • Our sincere condolences for the loss of your life’s partner. You are in our thoughts and prayers!

  • Cindy and I are so sorry to hear about Sylvia’s passing. Tom, there is a verse in Psalm 34:18 that always provides comfort to me.” The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” You have been blessed to have each other for so many years. We share in your mourning. Jim & Cindy Covert

  • Riverwood will seem dim without the light of her smile and her laughter while walking Archie on Pennyroyal Road, Tom.
    We send our love to you and hope that somehow the blessing of being with family and friends can help you through this most difficult time.

  • Tom, Very sad to hear of Sylvia’s passing. I hope you are holding up well. We will have you in our thoughts in the coming days.

    Joe Halford

  • Tommy, I was so sorry to hear of your loss!!! Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers! If I can help in any way, just let me know! My deepest sympathy, Jim

  • Tom and family,
    I was so sorry to read that Sylvia had passed away. I remember so many good times when we were young and I stayed at the farm. I know we did not see much of each other as our families grew up but she always put her family first. I know she will be greatly missed. Please remember all the wonderful years you had with her.
    Sylvia’s cousin Lucille Bealer

  • Thinking of you Tom and wishing you moments of peace and comfort. It was truly a pleasure knowing Sylvia for these many years, She will be deeply missed.

  • As a classmate of Sylvia and Terry, we are always sad to hear of one of our friends passing. We had a lot of fun in our small class. My memory of picking up corn in a field that Mr. Willard had donated to our Junior Class to pick up what the picker had left to sell at the elevator was a fun time. We used that money from the sale of the corn to pay for the expenses we had to provide decorations etc. that we needed for the Jr Sr Prom. I too am a Breast Cancer survivor of nine years. Unfortunately we have lost fiive classmembers of our twenty graduates to cancer. It was good to see Terry at our 50th Reunion. Our sincere sympathy to your family. God Bless, Pat