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Dr. Sylvester

August 11, 1932 — June 20, 2015

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VILLE PLATTE - It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Dr. Gardnel "Doc" Sylvester announces his passing on Saturday, June 20, 2015, at his home with his wife, children and grandchildren by his side. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 10:00 AM at Our Lady Queen of all Saints Catholic Church in Ville Platte. Rite of Committal will follow in the Gates of Heaven Cemetery with Father Mitchell Guidry, celebrant.

Doc studied at the Southwestern Louisiana Institute of Liberal and Technical Learning, now ULL, before completing his medical degree at the Louisiana Health Sciences Center at New Orleans (LSU). He was a great physician who practiced for nearly fifty years. During his tenure as a physician in Ville Platte, Lafayette, New Orleans and Mamou, he had a reputation as a superb diagnostician, who cared for his patients with a great deal of wisdom, humor, and compassion. A native of Louisiana, he had a passion for nature evident in his avid love of hunting, fishing, and gardening, only rivaled by his love for his family and grandchildren.

Doc is survived by his wife of 63 years, Doloris Sebastien Sylvester, his three children, Kathy Sylvester Foster and her husband Dr. Daniel of Charleston, West Virginia, Dr. Carl Sylvester and his wife Sally of Ville Platte and Dr. Keith Sylvester and his wife Penny of Alexandria, and one brother, Dr. Roland Sylvester and his wife Sue of New Iberia. His nine grandchildren lovingly will remember him as "Poc" or "Papa Doc", Greg Foster and his wife Bridget, Brad Foster and his wife Robin, Doug Foster and his wife Carla, Dr. Sarah Sylvester, Christopher Sylvester, Jason Sylvester, Taylor Sylvester, Sydney Sylvester, and Morgan Sylvester, and four great grandchildren, Connor, Parker, Cole, and Elsie Foster. He will also be missed by a flock of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Doc now rests in Heaven with his parents Dillard and Lela Richard Sylvester and his two brothers J. L. Sylvester and Clyde Sylvester.

Countless people who know him as Dr. Sylvester owe him their health or even their lives, but to us he was Papa Doc or Poc and no one will miss him more than we will.

At the request of the Sylvester family, visitation will take place at Ardoin's Funeral Home in Ville Platte on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 from 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM and again on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 from 8:00 AM until time of services. A rosary will be prayed in his honor Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM.

Arrangements are entrusted to Ardoin's Funeral Home of Ville Platte, La.

Family and friends may sign the online guestbook and/or leave condolences for the Sylvester family at


Ardoins Funeral Home
709 W. Main St.
Ville Platte, LA  70586
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
10 AM - 8 PM & reopen at 8 AM



Our Lady Queen of All Saints
Dardeau St.
Ville Platte, LA  70586
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
10 AM


Ardoin Funeral Home
709 W. Main St.
Ville Platte, LA  70586
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
6:30 PM


Gates of Heaven Cemetery
Ville Platte, LA  70586
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