Sylvia Joan (Sears) Governo, 79, died August 29 at Cape Heritage Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Sandwich, after a long battle with cancer. She was a former resident of Falmouth.

Ms. Governo worked for the Attorney General’s Office as a witness advocate, a position that satisfied her lifelong ambitions to be a police officer.

Born in Attleboro, she was the daughter of Charles L. and Charlotte (Holcomb) Sears. She graduated from Attleboro High School and then from Fisher Junior College in Boston.

In 1990, she moved back to her family home in North Falmouth. She eventually settled in Hyannis.

She leaves three children, Jamie Hanson, James Governo and Suzanne Donlon; and a niece, Becky Heyer. She also leaves eight grandchildren, Kyle, Taylor and Jade Hanson; Katie, David and Erik Governo; and Sean and Rachael Donlon; as well as several great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a sister, June Blanchette.

Visiting hours will be Saturday, September 7, from 4 to 6 PM with a prayer service at 6 o'clock at Doane, Beal & Ames Funeral Home, 160 West Main Street in Hyannis.

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