Posted April 05, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.

MARS HILL – Alden E. Sylvester, 81, crossed over in the arms of God April 4, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 6, 1931, in Mars Hill, son of Rowe and Esther (Ginsen) Sylvester.

He was a member of Mars Hill United Methodist Church, where his greatest love was singing in the choir. He was a devoted Mason of Aroostook Lodge No. 197 AF & AM, Mars Hill. Alden retired after 33 years of service with Coles Express. During his retirement he developed a love of golf and bowling with his senior companions.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ruth Hart Sylvester of Mars Hill; five children, Linda Garland and her husband, James, of Madison, Aldene Saucier and her husband, Matthew, of Kingston, N.H., Colleen Stitham and her husband, Stephen, of Mars Hill, Wayne Sylvester and his wife, Kim, of Skowhegan, and Renae Crouse and her husband, Jake, of Blaine; 12 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; sister, Marie Pierce and her husband, Wendell; brother, Galen Sylvester; sister-in-law, Joyce Hart; several nieces and nephews, and many special friends. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister-in-law, Margaret Sylvester; brother-in-law, Robert Hart; father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Evelyn Hart.

Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at Mars Hill United Methodist Church with Pastor Sue Brown officiating. Relatives and friends may call noon until the time of service at the church. Interment will be at Kings Grove Cemetery, Mars Hill. Those who wish may make donations in his memory to The American Cancer Society, New England Division, One Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086. Arrangements are in the care of Duncan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at

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