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Donald J. "Don" Sypien

Donald J. Sypien          “beloved father and grandfather”

AUSTIN---Donald J. “Don” Sypien, 65, of Austin, passed away in his home with his loving family by his side on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, after a short illness.

Born on April 13, 1952 in in Chicago, Illinois, he was a son of Donald J. Como and Grace Lange.  On May 13, 1996 in Providence, RI, he married Laura F. Landry, who survives.

Don was a U.S. Army veteran having served during the Vietnam War.  He was a self-employed businessman until retiring due to ill health.

He was a former member and past president of the Austin Volunteer Fire Department.  He enjoyed video games and drinking beer around the campfire.  His greatest love was his family.

Surviving in addition to his wife of Warwick, RI is his mother of Oak Lawn, Illinois; two daughters, Rhiannon K. (William) Lopes of Warwick, RI and Nicole C. (William House) Cremeans of Austin; a son, Austin V. Sypien of Austin; five grandchildren, Ryuhs Lenartowick, Cara Geelen, Rayna Lenartowick, Kaitlyn Geelen, and Brooklynn House; a brother, Brad (Cindy) Como of Minnesota; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, Don was predeceased by three sisters, Julie Carlson, Lisa Weiss, and Shay Como.

In keeping with Don’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Don’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Don, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com




Yesterday one of our teachers was asking about him and sadly I have given her the news. But he is remembered here in Chicago from his school years. Sorry to hear this news. Know that memories are kept here of him in his youth. Neil Van Steemburg

Chicago Apr 9 2018 12:00 AM

I'm so sorry for your family's loss. God promises to be close to the brokenhearted. PS 34:18. I hope you find comfort in God's promise & in the many wonderful memory's you made & shared together. John 5:28,29 You have my condolences.

Tara Dec 20 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald Sypien

George and Kim Dec 16 2017 12:00 AM

Donnie was a fun, loving, compassionate person who him and his wife helped us immensely. I remember and always got a luck out of coming home and there would be Donnie, coffee made and sitting on the floor watching tv. You will be missed very much Donnie, but will always be fondly remembered.

George and Kim Dec 16 2017 12:00 AM

Thank you

Austin Dec 14 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald Sypien

June Reynolds Dec 14 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald Sypien

Rhonda Dec 14 2017 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. I feel thankful that Don touched my life. He was a very special soul

Susan Greeley Dec 13 2017 12:00 AM