Sylvia Warshaw Sugar
  • 98 years old
  • Date of birth: Sep 2, 1916
  • Place of birth:
    Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Date of passing: Dec 19, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Evansville, Indiana, United States
Let the memory of Sylvia be with us forever

Sylvia Sugar, age 98, died peacefully Friday morning, December 19th at The Good Samaritan Home in Evansville, Indiana with family at her side.  She was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1916 to Dora and Samuel Warshaw where she became a legal secretary.  In 1941, during World War II, she went to Washington, D.C. and was a private secretary to General T.H. Dillon of the Transportation Corps. War Department (as it was then known).  The best thing about going to Washington, however, was that it was Aaron Sugar's hometown.  Their first date was on Sunday, December 7, 1941.   Aaron and Sylvia were soul mates for 63 years. Aaron always referred to her as "his bride", even in the later years. 

In 1972 she and her husband Aaron came to Venice, Florida and in 1974 they moved to Sarasota. 

She was a Board member of Friends of the Gulf Gate Library, a Board member of the Interfaith and Interracial Council, and an active member of other organizations.  In later years in the retirement center and then the assisted living center where she lived, she initiated the collection of used eyeglasses for the Lions Club of Sarasota, a total of several hundred pairs of eyeglasses.  Not only were Sylvia and her husband very active in the community and through charity, they were also very involved in the lives of their family members – never missing a birthday or anniversary.  Those who spent time with Sylvia were sure to hear stories of her children and grandchildren.  

Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband, Aaron, and her daughter Debby Martin.  She leaves behind her son Howard (Carol) Sugar of Libby, Montana, son-in-law George Martin, of Madison, Wisconsin, and granddaughters Shana (Peter) Verstegen of Madison, Wisconsin, and Ashley Sugar of University Heights, Ohio.  

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday January 2nd, 2015 at the Jewish Center of Venice.  Burial will follow at the Jewish Center Cemetery.  Toale Brothers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  

Memorial donations may be made to Kobernick House or Anchin Pavilion, 1957 N. Honore Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34235 or online at:

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This tribute was added by Robin Warshaw on 29th December 2014

"Her memory is a blessing to family and friends. Sending our love to all of you.
Robin & Becca"

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