Sylvia Jeanette LARKIN

February 2, 1941 ~ July 30, 2006

Sylvia Jeanette Larkin, of Sunset Hills, MO., began her life with Jesus Sunday morning, July 30, 2006, at the age of 65 years, 5 months & 28 days, after a prolonged fight with liver cancer. She was the daughter of Walter L. Cleve (d. Dec. 1961) & Bertha Estelle 'Hoehn' Cleve (d. March 1994) & born in Farmington, on Feb. 2, 1941. Also preceding was 1 brother, Melvin "Shorty" Cleve.

Survivors Include: her husband of 44 years, Phillip N. Larkin, of Sunset Hills. Her siblings: Virginia (Chester) Rickus; William (Alma Dean) Cleve; Betty (Charles E.) Carleton; Barbara (Jesse) Cortor; Ruby (Jim) Gifford, all of Farmington. Carol Cleve, of St. Louis; Sonny (Vicky) Cleve, of Farmington; Ray Lynn (Nancy) Cleve, of Ellisville & Sandy (David) Krajcovic, of St. Louis.

As an avid tennis player & golfer, Sylvia enjoyed life to the fullest whether she was cooking one of her famous dishes; enjoying coffee with a friend; attending Bible study or helping care for one of her great nieces or nephews. Sylvia was a long time member of Concord Trinity United Methodist Church. She was a devoted wife, daughter, sister, sister-in-law, aunt and above all, friend. All of Sylvia's extended family, brothers & sisters-in-law; numerous nieces; nephews; great-nieces & nephews, and great, great-nieces & nephews, and countless number of her friends will remember her with the rigor and humor with which she enjoyed life.

Visitation: Tuesday, 4-8 pm, August 1st @ Kutis Funeral Home, 10151 Gravois Road, St. Louis, MO. (314) 842.4458

Funeral Service: Wednesday, 10:00 a.m., August 2, 2006, at Memorial United Methodist Church, Farmington, with Rev. Greg Weeks officiating, under direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc., Farmington.

Interment immediately following the funeral service at Hillview Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Farmington.

Memorials to: American Liver Foundation - 16 Hampton Village Plaza / Suite #215 - St. Louis, MO. 63109 1.866.455.4837

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  1. Dearest Aunt Syl, I will miss you so much. You taught me so much about living life to its fullest and being kind to others. Thanks for being a part of my life. Love, Cindy

  2. You are in my thoughts & prayers, may God bless you, and in time, may your memories take over the sadness of your great loss.

  3. My sincere sympathy to Phil and Sylvia's family. My prayers are with you. She was a fun classmate we all loved.

  4. To Sylvia's family, I'm sorry for your lost, my heart and prayers go out to all of you. Sylvia was a person so full of life and always had something good to say. Bless you all. Kim Devine

  5. Our sincere sympathy to Phil and all Sylvia's family. She was a good friend and classmate.

  6. Dear Phil and family, We are so sorry you have lost such a special person. Sylvia lived her life to the fullest and we will remember her that way! Very sincerely, Albert, Karen and family

  7. Phil – We were sorry to hear about your wife. Mac is in Canada and I know he would extend his condolence as well. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Phil, and all of the Cleve Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Syl was so special. I know she will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her, she was an inspiration to all who knew her. She has always been there for me, I will miss her. Love, Fay Lee

  9. I remember when Aunt Syl, Aunt Carol, Josie and I went shopping at the mall and we went up and down the escalator a million times because we were little and loved it. I will miss Aunt Syl. Love, Maci

  10. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Sylvia. She was a wonderful friend and we had so much fun growing up together.I will always remember her laugh and her beautiful smile. May God best you all in yur time of sorrow.

  11. Phil So sorry to hear about Syl….I know you will certainly miss her. Gaye Ruth and I will be thinking about you. Take care and God bless. Winston & Gaye Ruth

  12. Aunt Syl (Well always Aunt to me), I am going to miss you. You were always a very special person in my life. I appreciate all the times we had together. You were always so thoughtful and caring, thank you. Blessings, Rusty

  13. Phil and Cleve family: I am so sorry for your loss. She was always such a beautiful person both inside and out. She fought so hard and she will truly be missed.

  14. Although I only saw Syl a few times a year on holidays she always had a smile and took time out from visiting with her thousands of relatives to chat with me and ask how I was doing.It was obvious she enjoyed life and the people around her.I am fortunate for having known her.

  15. I will miss Aunt Syl because she always took time for everybody.She was nice and I will love her and miss her. Chet

  16. I remember Aunt Syl so much. Every time she made me laugh. She was so much fun to be around. Aunt Syl, Aunt Carol and Grandma Ruby took me, Chet, Ellie, and Madison to Grant's Farm. We had a great time. Love, Josie

  17. Dear Phil and all the Cleve family, My deepest sympathy to each of you. Please know your sadness is shared by me and all who knew Syl. She was a blessing to everyone who met her. Her smile, kind heart and zest for life endeared her to everyone. We shared many great times together, in our growing-up years which will always be held with fondness in my heart. May God comfort you in your great loss. Love, Mary Virginia Conrad Turner

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