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NEWBURYPORT, MA: Sylvia (Polansky) Coltin, 94, of Newburyport, Mass., entered into eternal rest on March 5, 2016. Raised in Malden, Sylvia enjoyed nearly 70 years in Newburyport, where she settled with her beloved husband, Albert, who predeceased her in 1968. Sylvia enjoyed life in Newburyport, where life revolved around raising their three sons, Michael, Mark, and Gary. Sylvia was a dedicated volunteer for Congregation Ahavas Achim for decades, and for 40 years, until recently, she served as the financial secretary of the Jewish cemetery in Salisbury. Sylvia enjoyed her work as a bank head teller, always greeting customers with a warm smile and helpful attitude. Sylvia’s greatest source of enjoyment and pride was her family, including her seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Family historian, animated storyteller, fashionista, bargain-hunter and friendly neighbor, Sylvia was also admired for being a loyal Patriots fan. Sylvia will be deeply missed by her sons and their wives, Michael and Mary, Mark and Louise, and Gary and Debbie; her grandchildren, Kate and Christian Callahan, Karianne and Paul MacIntosh, Maribeth Coltin, Laura and Bob Ogden, Jenny Coltin, Alexandra Coltin and Evan Coltin; and great-grandchildren, Logan, Gavin, Finnegan, Charlie, Cooper and Grace.

Services at Congregation Ahavas Achim, 53 Washington Street, Newburyport, on Tuesday, March 8, at 12:30 p.m. Interment at Newburyport Hebrew Cemetery, Salisbury. Condolence calls may be made at the home of Gary and Deborah Coltin, following the interment Tuesday until 8 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m., and 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Congregation Ahavas Achim, the Lappin Foundation, 29 Congress Street, Salem, MA 01970, and Anna Jaques Hospital, 25 Highland Avenue, Newburyport, MA 01950. For directions or online condolences go to www.goldmanfc.com. Arrangements by Goldman Funeral Chapel, Malden.
Published on  March 7, 2016
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