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Donald J. "Don" Sypien

April 13, 1952 — December 13, 2017

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.

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