Mary A. Sysyn

  • Born: March 8, 1930
  • Died: March 20, 2019
  • Location: Manchester, New Hampshire

Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory

1799 Elm St
Manchester, NH 03104

Tel. (603) 625-6951

Tribute & Message From The Family

Mary A. Sysyn, 89, of Manchester died March 20, 2019 surrounded by her family after a period of declining health.
Born in Manchester on March 8, 1930, she was the daughter of James and Bessie Bolos. She graduated from Manchester Central High School and attended the University of New Hampshire.
Prior to retirement, Mary had been a self-employed Avon Salesperson for many years. Previously, she had owned and operated Mr. Steak Restaurant in Manchester, where many folks enjoyed a free steak dinner on their birthday.
Always active in her community, Mary served 5 terms on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen representing her Ward 4. She also served numerous terms in the NH House of Representatives in Concord. As a member of St. George's Greek Orthodox Cathedral, she served on the church board for several years. She loved to Greek dance and never missed an opportunity to do so.
Above all else, she will be remembered as a loving and dedicated mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend who will be greatly missed. Her door was always open to anyone who needed a place to stay.
She was predeceased by her son, Billy Sysyn, 15 years ago.
Family members include her children, Julie Herbert and husband Chris of Manchester, Catherine Elder and husband Bruce of Virginia, Susan Satz of Ormond Beach, FL; her grandchildren, Joshua Buzza, Sarah Herbert, Lana Elder, Emily Elder, Sam Elder, Andrew Elder, Kari Satz, and Kate Satz; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was held on Thursday, March 28, 2019 in St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 650 Hanover St, Manchester. Committal prayers and burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery.
Donations may be made in her memory to St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 650 Hanover St, Manchester, NH 03104 or to the Salvation Army, 121 Cedar St, Manchester, NH 03101.
Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting with arrangements. To send an online message of condolence, please go to


Condolence & Memory Journal

For my six years as an Alderman, I had the honor of sitting next to Mary in meetings and collaborating with her on center city and downtown issues. She was such a pleasure. And full of practical wisdom and insights. The strategy sessions at her Avon cart were invaluable. She was a model public servant. I am so grateful to have shared this experience with her.

Posted by Timothy Reiniger - Portland, ME - Friend   March 20, 2020

To all of you - I just found out, I'm so sorry for your loss - she was a special woman and is missed by many. My thoughts are with you, take care, Melody

Posted by Melody Richard - Raymond, NH - Friend   May 22, 2019

I'm sorry for your loss. She was an amazing woman who would help anyone she could. Thoughts and prayer are with you doing this difficult time.

Posted by Bonnie Lovell-Nutting - Manchester, NH - Coworker   March 28, 2019

we are so sorry to hear of Mary's passing.
I remember her famous Greek cookies she used to make for me. She was so much fun and full of life when I first met her when she lived in Pinardville. She really loved her children. She will be missed by all.Our prayers go to the children.

Posted by Charles White - Manchester, NH   March 28, 2019

My condolences to the family I worked for Mary back in the day of Mr Steak wonderful lady

Posted by Laurie Barry - Manchester, NH - Coworker   March 28, 2019

My sincere condolences to Mary's family. Mary was a beloved friend of my late mom, Rita Levasseur, and I remember how we were part of the family at Mr. Steak Restaurant. I visited her often at her Avon booth in the plaza sharing memories after my mom's passing.

Sincerely, Debbie Stratton

Posted by Debbie Stratton - Manchester, NH - Family Friend   March 26, 2019

Me and you Mary, laughing down at the Avon wagon. I will miss you..

Posted by Donald Barbour - Portland, OR - Family   March 26, 2019

Me and you Mary, laughing down at the Avon wagon. I will miss you...

Posted by Donald Barbour - Portland, OR   March 26, 2019

May Memories of Mary and the love of your family and friends surround you and give you strength and wishing you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

Posted by Lou LaPusata - Londonderry, NH - Friend   March 25, 2019

We just want to leave our sincere condolences.

Posted by Dino and Krys Donati - Manchester, NH - Friend   March 25, 2019

Julie and family. I was saddened to read the news of the passing of such a wonderful and inspiring woman. Mary truly touched so many people in such a positive way. My heart goes out to you and the family for your loss.

Posted by Carol Johnson - Manchester, NH - Friend   March 25, 2019

mary was a wonderful alderman. she will be missed.

Posted by nick cenatiempo - manchester, NH   March 24, 2019

Our deepest sympathies for the passing of Mary. May Her Memory Be Eternal!

Posted by Natalie (Kobashar) Call - Townsend, MA   March 24, 2019

Thank you Mary for your many years of community involvement and service to Manchester.

Posted by Robert Dionne - Manchester, NH   March 23, 2019


May her memory be eternal!

Posted by Andrea Zissi - Bedford, NH   March 22, 2019


Mary worked hard at city hall , and she is remembered as a pleasant sales associate from her cart in Hampshire Plaza.

Posted by Keith Hirschmann - Manchester, NH   March 22, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Mary's passing, she was a wonderful woman and devoted servant to Manchester. I have many fond memories of Mary over the years. Whether it was at Mr. Steak, at her booth in the plaza, at City Hall, or at church, she always had a big smile and was just so pleasant to be around. My condolences to her family.

Posted by Marc Pappas - Belleair, FL - Family Friend   March 22, 2019

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