Throughout her life, Sylvia expressed a deep appreciation for her mother-Bess and her father-Tom. She acknowledged a closeness to her sister - Beatrice and brother – Martin and adored her 5 Aunts and 2 Uncles and was always grateful for a warm and loving childhood.
She graduated Atlantic City High in 1938 with academic and athletic honors. She was then accepted into, and graduated from, the highly regarded American Academy for Dramatic Art in New York City.
Sylvia met her husband, Marvin and married in January of 1943. For 56 years, they shared a union of devotion, romance and adventure. As a mother of three daughters, she always considered herself a ‘ happy housewife’ Though when Marvin realized a need for a career change, her life underwent a grand and unexpected change. With an astute business acumen and innate sense of aesthetics, she rose to the occasion, and on her own, opened the “Fine Arts Gallery of Ardmore.”
The Gallery brought with it a busy life style change that offered opportunity for growth and travel which she adapted to with pleasure. Though Sylvia’s true passion remained her dedication to friends and family. She was a talented cook and a warm and fun -loving hostess. She created many celebratory dinner parties recognizing the Jewish Holidays and life events that made everyone there feel valued.
Sylvia loved to sing and dance. She had a flair for beauty and a great sense of style. She was a voracious reader and stayed well informed about world events. She played tennis and golf and was hard to beat at scrabble and boggle.
Sylvia was a woman who was greatly respected by all who knew her. She had an unsurpassed sense of kindness and generosity. Within her family, her often sought after wisdom earned her the nick- name “Rabbi.” Sylvia faced life’s challenges with courage and gusto. Ongoing, she reached out to others -wanting the best for them. And she accomplished just that. She made the lives of all of us who had the privilege of knowing her – better and sweeter. She will be dearly missed.
The family requests that contributions in her memory be made to one of the charities listed below. BERSCHLER and SHENBERG
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