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Deceased Information

Sylvia Schwartz

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 (before sunset)

14 Tishri, 5778

Sunday, October 8, 2017

3:30 PM


Crest Lawn Memorial Park, Atlanta GA

The Schwartz family will receive guests following the service Sunday until 8:00 PM; 12:00 PM until 5:00 PM Monday; and 12:00 PM until 8:00 PM Tuesday all at the home of Terry and Bill Schwartz. The family invites all who wish to offer condolences to join them at Temple Beth Tikvah on Monday evening, October 9 at 7:00 PM for Maariv service, followed by a light nosh in the Sukkah.
620 Leather Hinge Trail Roswell, GA 30075.

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  • Congregation Shearith Israel 1180 University Dr, Atlanta, GA 30306
  • Hospice Atlanta/Visiting Nurse 1244 Park Vista Dr., Atlanta, GA 30319

    Sylvia Schwartz, 93, native of Atlanta, passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 4, 2017. She was born October 12, 1923 to Pearl and Isadore Glustrom, both of blessed memory. Sylvia graduated from Peabody College (now part of Vanderbilt) and went to work for the Atlanta JCC in 1954, retiring as the Director of Early Childhood Services at the MJCCA in 1990. A member of Na’amat and Brandeis, where she worked at the Book Sale for many years, she was a past VP of Congregation Shearith Israel and a consultant to Shearith Israel Religious School. Sylvia was preceded in death by her loving husband of 68 years, Fred Schwartz; and siblings, Jonny Glustrom and Ida Macher. She is survived by her daughter, Denise Schwartz; sons, Jim (Wanda), and Bill (Terry); grandchildren: Justin Schwartz, Jessica Franks, Whitney Schwartz-DuBose, and Charles Cortell; great-grandchildren: William, Hannah, and Noah Franks, Kylie Ferris, and Kaden Schwartz; and niece, Bobbi Wilson. Sign online guestbook at Graveside services will be held 3:30 PM Sunday, October 8, 2017 at Crest Lawn Memorial Park, with Rabbi Ari Kaiman officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Congregation Shearith Israel,; or to Hospice Atlanta, Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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    The Dressler Family
    May the memories of our loved ones remain for a blessing.
    Robin & Phillip MedintzOct 17 2017 03:46 pm
    To the entire Schwartz Family, We just learned of the loss of Sylvia and are saddened beyond words. We echo the feelings made by so many other people who were fortunate to have had Sylvia educate their children at the JCC on Peachtree. Our kids were in the best of hands by a Master Teacher who also taught their parents how to continue the process at home. Sylvia left a legacy of warmth, understanding, and solid educational beliefs that benefitted an entire generation of children as well as their parents. Sylvia and Fred were not only friends of our community, but also left indelible marks on everyone lucky enough to have known them. We are sending our sincerest condolences to the entire family.
    Chester RosenbergOct 16 2017 05:30 pm
    Sylvia was a woman loved and respected by all, and will forever forever live in so many hearts. Grateful and blessed to have known her.
    Lynn Nassau MorrisOct 11 2017 03:40 pm
    I was Sylvia's Birthday twin! She knew me from day one, when my family lived on Zimmer Drive, as did her mother. Bobbi and Patsy would become my dear friends, as little brother Kenny would tag along. Lots of good memories at the Machers. where I would see the Schwartzes growing up. Fred's Deli, brings a smile to my face. When you walked in Mr.Shorts, would yell out...get yourself a pickle! Sylvia, was an Icon for Early Childhood Education in Atlanta. She was an early advocate for Special Education! I was blessed to have worked with her in the classroom at the AJCC, as well as her being my director! She was an Immeasurable wealth of love and care, to each child, parent, and teacher, who was touched by her presence and knowledge in their lives! She was a gift to all in the community as well! Most of all Sylvia, was the proudest of her three children and their families. She loved to share all about them, and their accompishments! May her memory be a blessing!
    Janie NewportOct 10 2017 11:15 pm
    Sylvia was such a loving person. She and Freddy and Ida and George and their families always welcomed me into their families and Jewish celebrations. I love them all and appreciate them so much. I always loved running into Sylvia and Ida when they were shopping together. They had such a special relationship.
    Linda DiamondOct 10 2017 08:53 pm
    So sorry to hear about Sylvia. Enjoyed knowing her when I worked at the AJCC. She was such a bright and creative lady.
    Linda millerOct 10 2017 07:48 pm
    So sorry for your loss. What a sweet wonderful lady who raised our children at the center I know she will be missed by all linda miller
    Saundra RussoOct 9 2017 08:32 pm
    Your beloved father purchased the deli on highland from my father Stanley Friedman. I have many fond memories of Fred and Sylvia whose memories will keep them in your hearts forever.
    Paul TeplisOct 9 2017 08:30 pm
    I knew Sylvia way back before WWII when we were growing up and we had boys and girls clubs. We had parties at various individual's homes including Sylvia's in south Atlanta off Stewart Avenue. It was a fun time. I re-acquainted with her through the Jewish War Veteran's Organization with whom she participated. She was a wonderful person. May her memory be for a blessing. Paul Teplis
    Judy SchulmanOct 9 2017 06:01 pm
    Sylvia was one of a kind. Never forgot a face or your name; she was always happy to see you and talk about what was going on in your life. She will be remembered and missed by all of us whose lives she touched. She was a very special lady.
    Marty TaffelOct 9 2017 03:24 pm
    wonderful lady. Ultimate teacher, deli owner and essential part of my neighborhood and childhood
    Danny and Marcia BoazOct 9 2017 02:25 pm
    We will miss Sylvia as we have missed her beloved husband Freddy. We have been friends with the Schwartz family for all of our lives. Having grown up with Sylvia, Freddy, Billy, Jimmy and Denise, we have fond memories of the many times we were together over the years. My mother, Sophie Boaz and Sylvia were like sisters since the 1940's. We have so many photos and movies of the many trips they took together and of the Simcha’s they shared. Rest in peace Sylvia, your life was a blessing to so many people. We will always remember you. Love, Danny and Marcia Boaz
    Ileene McCainOct 9 2017 12:59 pm
    Sylvia was involved in my life from childhood at the JCC! She made a major change in my life, giving me a job at The Weinstein School in the 80's. I will always have a special place in my heart for Sylvia and be grateful to her for all that she taught me. She touched the lives of so many children and families. She and Fred made this world a better place!
    Molly McqueenOct 9 2017 12:28 pm
    Sylvia was a special lady and teacher. She and my mom Lena with friends. With heartfelt condolences to your family as she will be missed.
    Rabbi Donald and Marilyn TamOct 9 2017 10:55 am
    Sylvia was a kind and intelligent person whose love of children helped shape our community. I remember many conversations with her at Hammond Glen. She recalled our children who attended the AJCC pre school upon our move to Atlanta decades ago. Always supportive with good advice she will be missed by many whose lives she touched. Our sincerest condolences to the family. Her life was a blessing. Rabbi Donald and Marilyn Tam
    Randi Lovinger-StrumlaufOct 8 2017 02:42 pm
    So sorry to learn of your mom's passing. She was such a gem. With heartfelt sympathy . . .
    Anne RubinOct 8 2017 02:02 pm
    As a pre-school teacher, I learned from Sylvia. As a friend for many years, I always enjoyed seeing Sylvia. A special lady who is often remembered and always loved.
    Dan and Candice GuldenOct 8 2017 01:37 pm
    Sylvia kindly and with incite helped shepherd our daughters through the JCC pre school and later through Shearith Israel. She stayed genuinely interested in their progress and remained a family friend for decades. She was the real deal. May her memory be a blessing.
    Billy LightOct 8 2017 01:08 pm
    Some of my earliest memories in life are of your mom and my mom. Always special. I saw her recently at Costco. She smiled that beautiful smile and knew exactly who I was. Rest in peace to one of the sweetest ladies I've ever known. Hugs and love to all the family. Love Billy and Lynn
    Susie and Jerry Warshaw Oct 8 2017 11:21 am
    Sylvia was a dear friend to my Mother! She helped Welcome my Mom to Atlanta where taught at the JCC and soon met my Father. She will be missed by all who knew her.
    Regina Cristol Phillips (Boaz Family)Oct 7 2017 04:13 pm
    I was so sorry to hear of Sylvia's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
    Marcia BaumrindOct 7 2017 04:12 pm
    I do not believe that there is anyone in the Atlanta Jewish community that doesn't have fond memories of Sylvia AND Fred. They were a wonderful, kind and loving couple. I know they ARE and will be missed. My deepest sympathyto your families. Marcia Baumrind
    Bonnie AroninOct 7 2017 01:54 pm
    Sylvia introduced my 3 sons to school in her classroom at the AJCC.With her kind, warm ,and loving manner she gave my boys a wonderful learning experience. It was amazing how 40 some years later when she saw me, she would ask about them by name. May memories of this wonderful woman remain for a blessing.
    Dorothy Fierman CarrilloOct 7 2017 10:36 am
    A wonderful, kind, loving lady has left us. Sylvia exuded joy to all she came in contact with. Her life is a role model for all of us. How many thousands of Jewish children did she influence? Rest in peace for a life well lived.
    Kathleen PulnerOct 7 2017 06:28 am
    Always helpful and thoughtful to parents and children, Silvia was an anchor of the JCCA for many years. She was a wonderful person with whom to work and she inspired us all thru her dedication to the the little ones in her care as well as the overarching goals of the Community Center movement. And she did it all with an unfailing sense of humor. As the years pass and we have the chance to reflect on what's important, we are reminded of the daily kindnesses and the simple accommodations made by coworkers who become friends. As well as remember, that to spend your life working with children, is to live forever.
    Butch and Cookie FrankOct 7 2017 02:58 am
    Our condolences to the family. First met Sylvia in 1971 when she was teaching at AJCC Peachtree. We were both graduates of Vanderbilt Peabody Teachers College, majoring in Early Children. We so admired your mother. May she rest in peace.
    Brenna SerbyOct 6 2017 10:40 pm
    So sad to hear about Sylvia. She was my first experience in sending our 3 kids to school at AJCC in the 60's. She was a great help in giving all of us a great beginning in education. She was so helpful & loving. In seeing her through the years she always remembered the kids. A very special person.
    Dan MohOct 6 2017 09:02 pm
    Desiree and I send our sincerest condolences. We are sadden by your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
    Barbara & George GreenblatOct 6 2017 08:40 pm
    Sylvia was at the hospital the night I was born and was present for every meaningful event in my life. Dear friends of my parents, George and I will remember Sylvia, and Freddy, with much love and affection. Sending our condolences to the whole family. Her memory is a blessing.
    Gary JacobsOct 6 2017 06:54 pm
    I can on reiterate what my brother Dan Jacobs has already stated. However, I would like to add that I will personally remember Sylvia by her pleasant manner of greeting everyone with an open ear and a kind heart. My sincere condolences go out to all members of the family. Gary Jacobs
    Nancy Light DickinsonOct 6 2017 01:21 pm
    So Sorry to hear about your mom. My family has known her my whole life and always loved her. My thought are with your families. Love, Nancy Light Dickinson
    Valerie WilsonOct 6 2017 12:03 pm
    We are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
    Leah FrancoOct 6 2017 11:56 am
    A true "Early Childhood" Educator!! I learned so much from Sylvia when I worked at the wonderful "old" JCC on Peachtree Road...Both she & Sadie Sacks ran a tight ship and provided a Jewish Preschool experience that was exemplary for soooo many reasons. Sylvia was a composed, articulate, elegant LADY - always! Leah Franco
    Sohail SaleemOct 6 2017 11:37 am
    Hello Bill, We are every sorry to hear the sad demise of your mother. Please accept our sincere condolences and prayers from Saleem's family. We pray that she may rest in peace. Her love, accomplishments and beautiful memories be a blessing to all those she knew, especially to you and your family members. Kind Regards Sohail Saleem
    David MirandaOct 6 2017 11:11 am
    I never had the opportunity to meet Sylvia but her legacy will continue on with her wonderful son Bill who is a wonderful colleague of mine and an outstanding human being. My condolences to the entire family!
    Jill AuerbachOct 5 2017 10:56 pm
    I met Sylvia when I was a child and whenever our paths crossed later in life she was warm, kind and genuine. She was "Atlanta" and her loss is resonates to so many. May her memory be a blessing.
    Dianne JaslowOct 5 2017 10:31 pm
    Wanda and family, Don and I send our heartfelt condolences to all of you. I know Sylvia back in the day as a special person,teacher, and preschool leader. She taught my daughter Leslie and I was a Kindergarten and Pre K teacher under her leadership.I just happened to be one of Justin's teachers too.It was my pleasure working many years at the JCC under Sylvia's leadership.I will forever have many fond memories of Sylvia and being one of her "girls".She will be truly missed. Dianne and Don
    Marvin and Susan BoazOct 5 2017 08:37 pm
    Sylvia was my kindergarten teacher and my children's kindergarten teacher. She and Fred were lifelong friends to my parents and we enjoyed many life events with them. When I worked at Shackelford's drug store in the 60's Fred would always pile on the corned beef on my sandwich. I saw Sylvia, Billy and Wanda often eating lunch at Costco. Sylvia was a special person and will be missed.
    Raye Lynn and Roy BanksOct 5 2017 07:03 pm
    Sylvia was a treasure in the Atlanta community. She touched the lives of so many children and their families as one of the innovators of Jewish early childhood education here in our city. She mentored so many of us who were on staff at the MJCCA preschools and always called us "her girls". I am so fortunate to have known her and to have learned from her. She was truly a mentor. She and Freddy were always so loving and giving and will always hold a special place in our hearts. Raye Lynn and Roy
    Gloria BenamyOct 5 2017 01:44 pm
    I loved my mentor and friend with All my heart. She guided me and Taught me and loved me for So many years. Such a wonderful Woman who will be missed by every Student and parent who had The opportunity to be with her. A true woman of valor and value. Gloria
    Dan JacobsOct 5 2017 12:49 pm
    I personally have known Sylvia since I was about 5 years old. My mother (Julia Boaz Jacobs) knew Sylvia from as early as elementary school.My brother Gary and I spent many happy moments with the Schwartz family. We relish the days when we would go by the delicatessen and pick up delicious food for our table. We grew apart as we grew older but Sylvia was always at life events, with her husband Fred. My younger children know her as their special parent. I hope that wherever she is she will find true peace. She is in our memories forever.
    Carol and Michael BenatorOct 5 2017 12:41 pm
    We will always remember Sylvia's warmth and wisdom as the director of the JCC preschool, when our sons, Ryan and Keith were there. She impacted so many lives in such a special and positive way. Great lady !
    Paula ZuckerOct 5 2017 10:49 am
    Syvia was the face the JCC preschool. Her warmth and kindness to every child and family that walked through the doors was evident in the esteem with which she was held. May you be comforted in knowing that Sylvia was a treasure and her memory is a blessing.
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