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Sylvia M. Brunette

September 29, 2020


Sylvia M. (Aanensen) Brunette, 80, of Fairhaven passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford.  She was the loving wife of 54 years to Anthime E. Brunette.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, daughter of the late Jon Aanensen and Ellen (Tollefsen) Thompson, she lived most of her life in Fairhaven and was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church.  Sylvia graduated from Fairhaven High School and SMTI.  She later received her Master’s degree from Bridgewater State College.  Mrs. Brunette was a schoolteacher at the Tripp School in Fairhaven for 14 years.

Sylvia was a member of the Sons of Norway, the Colonial Club, Fairhaven Improvement Association and had been a docent at the Whaling Museum in New Bedford for 23 years.

She is survived by her husband Anthime;  two sons, Robert Jon Brunette and his wife Kristine of Fairhaven and Peter Brunette and his wife Sandra of Belfast, Maine;  a daughter, Laura Ann Sadowsky and her husband Bruce of Arvada, Colorado;  five grandchildren, Peter Magnus Brunette and his wife Shay Kim Brunette, Teddy Brunette, Anthime Brunette, Garret Brunette and James Sadowsky;  a brother, John Aanensen and his wife Betty of Fairhaven and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Sylvia’s Life will be held Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 11am in the Trinity Lutheran Church, 16 Temple Pl., Fairhaven. Private interment will be at a later date at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.  Arrangements are by the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St., Fairhaven.  For memorial register please visit,

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740 or The Fairhaven Improvement Assoc., P.O. Box 404, Fairhaven, MA 02719.


Celebration of Life
October 3, 2020

11:00 AM
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
117 Main Street
Fairhaven, MA 02719


New Bedford Whaling Museum
18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford MA 02740

The Fairhaven Improvement Assoc.
PO Box 404, Fairhaven MA 02719

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