Sylvia Mae Loftis, 80 of Valparaiso, passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2023. She was born July 13, 1942, in Sissonville, WV to Ashby and Lola (Burton) Stowers, and graduated from Duval High School in Griffithsville, WV. Sylvia was an Aquatics Director with the Valparaiso YMCA for over 20 years, specializing in the arthritis aquatic program. Her class became close friends and a strong support group to one another, and they would enjoy going to lunch together after exercising. She was also a dedicated member of Bethel Church in Crown Point since 1984. Sylvia had a way with people and made everyone feel special. She was fond of sending cards and letters of encouragement to everyone. If you ran into Sylvia, it was likely that she had a special gift and a kind word for you. Her collections of cardinals and old Studebaker trucks adorned Sylvia’s home and brought her great joy. Sylvia’s unconditional love, caring nature, and attentive, listening ear endeared her to anyone she met. She touched countless lives while she was here, and her legacy will live on through her family and friends. Sylvia will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
On February 3, 1959, in Yawkey, WV, Sylvia married the love of her life, Virgil Doyle Loftis, who survives, along with their children: Barry Loftis of Valparaiso, Joey (Tina) Loftis of Kouts, and Jenny Loftis of Valparaiso; grandchildren: Adam, Eric, Taylor, and Brogan; great-granddaughter, Soleiya; sister, Wanda Smith; and daughter-in-law, Dawn Loftis. She was preceded in death by her parents; sons: Kevin Doyle Loftis in 1963 and Allen Kim Loftis in 2007; and brothers: Harold and Luther Stowers.
A private funeral service will be held at Moeller Funeral Home, with burial at Angelcrest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Sylvia’s name to the Baptist Children’s Home, 354 West St., Valparaiso, IN 46383.
I am so sorry to hear about your mom. She was the sweetest woman! I loved running into her and your dad and chatting. Hugs and prayers to you all! -Susan Gourley
So sorry for you loss. My condolence to the family. -Mark Stanley
Dear Doyle and Family, We just received the news of the passing of Sylvia and our hearts and prayers are there with you all. We cannot tell you how much you and Sylvia were in our lives when you and Marvin worked together for so many years. The memories of the good times we shared with Sylvia and you as we attended the many Gospel Quartet concerts. Sylvia was always so upbeat during all of her surgeries and looked to God for guidance in everything she did. We will miss talking with her from time to time and will looking forward to meeting her again in Heaven. God bless and be with you Doyle and family as you have this time of grieving. Love in Christ, -Marvin & Pat Bell -Murray, KY