(Mar. 7, 2006)
Funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, March 11 at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church in Powell for Sylvia Irene Musso, 63, who died Tuesday, March 7 at St Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Mont.
Father Pete Johnson officiated, and the Yellowstone Harmony Women’s Barbershop Chorus, of which she was a member, paid final respects with a musical farewell. Coleen Metzler was also a vocalist.
She was born Sylvia Irene Anderson on April 24, 1942, in Grand Junction, Colo., to Carl Lewis Anderson and Helen Cora (Bizer) Anderson. She graduated from high school in Palisade, Colo., and attended Mesa College for two years where she met and fell in love with her future husband, the late Donald Paul Musso. They were married on Aug. 4, 1962. Don’s position with the U.S. Forest Service provided opportunities to live in many beautiful and scenic places in the state of Colorado. Their final transfer brought the family to Powell in 1977.
Sylvia worked as a purchasing agent at Powell Valley Healthcare for the last 27 years.
She had a passion for music and loved to sing and dance. She sang with the Yellowstone Harmony Women’s Barbershop Church and was also involved with the Pink Ladies Septet. Because of her love for the 50’s music, she was instrumental in helping to organize their performances.
She also enjoyed spending the summers camping and fishing with her friend and companion, George Berchtold. She found great pleasure in spending time with her friends, especially Saturday afternoons with her “Tea Ladies.” She will be remembered for her friendly disposition and her cheerful smile.
Sylvia loved her family and would always welcome family and friends with open arms. She loved each and every one of her children and grandchildren with all her heart. Her seven grandsons, “the Magnificent 7,” each had a special place in her heart.
Survivors include a son, Michael Anthony Musso (Lisa Renae) of Powell; three daughters, Karolyn Marie Rood (Darrell) of Powell, Lisa Anne DeBuano (Michael) of Canon City, Colo., and Suzannae Lynn Conde (Jason) of Loveland, Colo.; her mother, Helen Anderson Weaver of Grand Junction, Colo.; four sisters, Pat (Doug) Dean, Carol (Jon) Hiebert, Karen (Richard) DeLeon and Mary Bein; and seven grandsons.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Paul Musso; her father, Carl Lewis Anderson; and her mother-in-law, Mary Carmella Musso.
Pallbearers at the funeral were Darrell Rood, Mike DeBuano, Jason Conde, David Bergh, George Berchtold and Bob Vergara.
For those who wish, the family would appreciate memorial contributions to Yellowstone Harmony Women’s Barbershop Chorus, c/o Peg Bryan, Box 115, Wapiti, WY 82450, or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 5353 W. Dartmouth, Lower Level, Denver, CO 80227. Please put “In memory of Sylvia and Don Musso” for donations made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
A second service will be held at the Callahan-Edfast Mortuary in Grand Junction, Colo., at 10 a.m. on March 17. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Grand Junction at 11:30 a.m. on March 17.