Sylvia Ham

Sylvia M. Ham

Saturday, December 29th, 1934 - Thursday, May 21st, 2020
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Chester and Springfield – Sylvia M. Ham, 85, wife of the late Jason M. Ham, was escorted by an angel into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, May 21, 2020 from her home along the Penobscot River in Chester. She was born December 29, 1934 in New London, New Hampshire, the youngest of twelve children born to Earle and Gladys (Cheney) Chadwick. She was raised and educated in Sutton, New Hampshire, where she and her siblings were noted from an early age for their deep and abiding devotion and love for one another. They were also known for looking after and helping each other, a defining family trait that was carried into adulthood and well into the senior years of their lives.

On December 21, 1974 Sylvia married her husband and they settled in Springfield, where they lived for nearly thirty- seven years. During her time in Springfield, she was active in the Springfield Community Chapel and formed lasting friendships with Pastor Bruce and Debbie Swan, Dave and Pat Pace, Joyce Tozier, and Dimpy Skeens, friendships that even her death cannot destroy or end. After moving to Chester in 2011, and becoming a widow in 2012, Sylvia became a faithful congregant of Chester Baptist Church, where she volunteered every week in the food pantry ministry. Through this work, she formed friendships with Sheila Chesley, Edith Ireland, Diane Buskirk, Ellen Wyman, Barbie Shedd, and Sharon Carr. These ladies, along with Joyce Tozier, travelled across the country on bus trips together and could be found every Monday morning visiting with one another at the Lincoln McDonald’s. When they were together, they were like schoolgirls, always laughing, always joking, and always sharing in a happy and good time. Sylvia liked games of all sorts and varieties, and she found a suitable competitor in another close friend, Sandra Chesley, whom she treated like a daughter. Whether living in Springfield or in Chester, Sylvia opened her home to all; she especially looked forward to visits from her family in New Hampshire and Washington State, and from friends, near and far.

In a sometimes bleak, gray world, Sylvia was a much-needed flash of purple (her favorite color), offering humor, wit, graciousness, kindness, and love. She will be missed by the many lives she touched.

Sylvia is survived by two sons and their wives, Chris and Sandy Ham of Chester, Marty and Sarah Ham of Veazie; eight grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; a brother, Pete Chadwick of Washington State; a sister in law, Marion (Ham) Karstadt of Arizona; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a son, Byron Ham, and ten siblings – Bertha, Hitter, Bud, Jake, Ray, Buriel, Della, Doris, Donald, and Richard.

Graveside services will be held 11 AM Sunday, June 7, 2020 at the Springfield Village Cemetery with Bill Chesley officiating. Gifts in memory of Sylvia may be sent to the Chester Baptist Church, or to the Chester Food Pantry, 2 South Chester Road, Chester, ME 04457. Arrangements are by Lamson Funeral Home, Clay Chapel, Lincoln.
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    Sunday, June 7th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Sunday, June 7th, 2020 11:00am
    Springfield Village Cemetery
    Rev. Billy Chesley


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David & Lisa Pace

Posted at 10:41pm
From our family to yours, we share our most sincere & deepest condolences to you all. We are saddened by the loss of our dear friend Sylvia. We have many wonderful warming memories of Sylvia that we will always cherish and keep close to our hearts forever. You were like a 2nd mom to David, providing so much love and of course so many laughs. Our hearts are heavy, as we grieve knowing we never had a chance to say goodbye... and never had a chance at one last game of cribbage. But when you meet up with Jason again, they'll be plenty of time for that! You two have a lot of catching up to do!! Sylvia, you will never, ever forgotten - we promise you that! With love from The Pace's -- David & Lisa and family

Kathleen Eick

Posted at 01:06am
Deepest Sympathy to family and friends of Sylvia . I have fond memories of her from when I needed someone for comfort many years ago; She is a kind and loving person and helpful to all who knew her. I ask the Lord to grant her and family peace and comfort at this sad time. RIP Sylvia.

Robert Jones


Kathleen Eick Posted at 01:08am

written by Robert Jones

Kathleen Eick

Posted at 12:56am
Our deepest condolences to family and friends of Sylvia We met Sylvia and Jason through my sister Pat and loved her right from the start. I can still hear her laughter and will always have a place in our hearts for her. I called her sometimes from my home and made a joke of selling her Pocono Water or else told her that she won some. I could see her smile through the phone and then we would have a good laugh. I know she has left behind many wonderful memories and we are so grateful to have met such a caring and loving woman. She always put her family first and was so very proud of them . I know my sister is hurting right now and will miss her so very much because they had a special bond that will never ever keep them apart. I know that the good Lord will bring their lives together again someday. Soar high Sylvia with the Angels above and know that you will be missed by all whose paths you crossed .
Kathy and Frank Eick

Kathy and Frank Eick

Melissa Savage

Posted at 02:21pm
Written by a member of Dave and Pats family:
Dave and Pat met Jason and Sylvia a little over 42 years ago, little did they know then but they would become the greatest of friends. Sylvia was always a loyal, genuine person who gave Dave and Pat a friendship they will never forget. Sylvia and Pat were always there for each other’s good and bad life moments. Pat told me last night of their trips to Bar Harbor and running errands. They used to ride around and just travel to lakes and enjoy time together ❤️.
Deepest condolences sent to the Ham family from Dave and Pat Pace (and family)

*Picture taken May 2010 Kenduskeag, Maine

Tina Chase

Posted at 11:58am
Aunt Sylvia you were a kindred spirit. You will be deeply missed. Thank you for all the memories that I hold in my heart. I loved listening to you and dad reminisce about the good ol’ days, our little jaunt to Bar Harbor, and just sitting around your dining room table laughing and playing games. Loving you always Auntie.

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