Obituary: Sylvia Louise Impemba Lived a Life of Joy Making Others Happy

Sylvia Louise (Arseneault) Impemba, a woman dedicated to her family and her faith, passed away with her family by her side, at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. She was 89 years old.

Sylvia was born, raised and educated in Cambridge. She was one of seven children born to the late Joseph and Louise Arseneault. Sylvia graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School where she was Valedictorian of her class. She moved to Burlington in 1953 when she married Joseph C. Impemba.

Sylvia worked as the business office manager at Burlington Medical for over 40 years. She was a member of a lady’s softball league and a longtime member of St. Margaret’s Bowling League. Sylvia enjoyed traveling and took frequent trips to Canada, had annual trips to Florida and visited just about every state in the U.S.  She had a memorable trip to Cuba in 1956. In addition, Sylvia was very artistic and enjoyed making ceramics for family and friends, painting, and framing puzzles as gifts.

Sylvia’s faith was an extremely important part of her life. She was a member of St. Margaret’s Parish and attended the 9 a.m. Mass daily. On Sunday morning after the 7:30 Mass, she could be found having breakfast at Bickford’s with her close circle of friends that included Father Crispo. Sylvia was a member of the St. Margaret’s Folk Music Group and taught religious education. In memory of her late daughter, Sharon, she donated the beautiful corona that hangs over the altar at the church.

She was blessed with three wonderful children and devoted her life to them. They made her proud every day. Simply said … Sylvia’s family was her life.   She especially treasured the time spent with her five great-grandsons. From the time of their births, she made it a point to attend all the important events in their lives. From sports games to annual vacations down the Cape, graduations to impromptu drop-ins to simply watch them play in the yard or splash in the pool … she was there, smiling from ear to ear.

Sylvia will be remembered as a thoughtful and loving woman who experienced joy by making others happy. She sent cards to let friends know she was thinking of them or simply shared kind words to make someone feel special.

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