Sydney Mark AtkinsonJune 11, 1940 ~ December 23, 2017 (age 77)
Sydney Mark Atkinson of Westfield, Indiana, died Saturday, December 23, 2017 of congestive heart failure. Sydney was born June 11, 1940 in Dubois, Pennsylvania to the late William A. Mark, Sr. and Jeanne F. (Hess) Mark.
Sydney was a graduate of Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania. Her love and compassion for others led her to the field of social work in her early career and later to work as a volunteer with Reach to Recovery and other outreach to the sick. She was a Roman Catholic and a woman of strong faith, was inspired by the stories of the saints, particularly Saint Francis, and devoted to the Eucharist as a Eucharistic minister. She was a voracious reader and art lover. Because of her heart condition, Sydney was in contact with many health caregivers, who frequently exclaimed to her children about what a kind and cheerful patient she was. Sydney was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She relished people and travel and made friends everywhere she went. Sydney will be remembered for her smile and generous, joyful spirit.
Sydney was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Austin Atkinson and is survived by her son and daughter-in-law John and Michele Fitzgerald, Los Angeles, California, daughter and son-in-law Heather and Mike Elliott, Carmel, Indiana, grandchildren Campbell and William Elliott, brother and sister-in-law William A. Mark, Jr. and Diane Mark of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, nephew Eric Mark and niece Anne (Mark) Stanich.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Friday December 29, 2017 at 11 am in St Maria Goretti Catholic Church, 17104 Springmill Road, Westfield with visitation beginning at 9 am in the church.
A Committal Service will be held in the chapel at 1:00 pm at Our Lady of Peace, 9001 Haverstick Road, Indianapolis.
At Sydney's request, memorial contributions may be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor of Indianapolis. Envelopes will be available at the church.