Sylvia A. (DeFazio) Tullius

Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory

Obituaries | The Tube City Almanac | September 02, 2023

Sylvia A. (DeFazio) Tullius, age 92 of Clairton, passed away on Friday, September 1, 2023.  Born September 25, 1930 in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late Dominic J. DeFazio, Sr. and Mary (Capozzi) DeFazio.  A member of Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish - St. Clare of Assisi Church, where she also served as a sacristan, Sylvia volunteered for Meals on Wheels in Clairton, for Jefferson Hospital, and for the PTA when her children were young.  Most of all, her family will remember her as a mother through-and-through and as an excellent cook, baker, and seamstress.  Besides her parents, Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband James E. Tullius, who passed away May 26, 2014; her son James M. Tullius, who passed away January 12, 2016; and her siblings Clementine Nuzzo and Dominic J. DeFazio, Jr..  She is survived by her children Sr. Sylvia A. Tullius, OSF of Warrendale, Patricia M. (Andrew) West of Clairton, Anita L. (Larry) Elder of Loudon, TN, Mary B. Tullius of Clairton, and Danette M. (David) Alderson of Jefferson Hills; her grandchildren Andrew J. (Tara) West, Jeffrey A. (Lisa) West, Shaun P. (Tracey) Elder, Mary C. (Paul) Formella, James V. and Rachel K. Tullius, David G. (Jacquie) Alderson, and Ryan D. (Jackie) Alderson; her great-grandchildren Ethan X., Liam A., and Samuel L. West, Claire Alderson, Jack and Anna Elder, and Brooks and Ember Formella; her daughter-in-law Lisa Tullius; and also nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received in the A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home, 555 5th. St., Clairton, PA 15025 (412-233-5700) on Tuesday, September 5, 2023 from 9 AM until an 11:30 AM Mass in Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish, St. Clare of Assisi Church, Clairton, with Fr. William Terza officiating.  Burial will take place on Wednesday, September 6, 2023 at 10 AM in St. Clare Cemetery, Clairton.  If attending the burial, please meet at the cemetery.  Memorial contributions in Sylvia's name should be made to either Commonwealth Hospice, 4955 Steubenville Pike, Ste. 125, Pittsburgh, PA 15205 or the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, 225 Greenfield Pkwy., Ste. 208, Liverpool, NY 13088.  

Originally published September 02, 2023.

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