Michaels Michaels, Sylvia Olson 79, of Lauderdale by the Sea passed away on Friday, June 15, 2012, at home surrounded by family. Sylvia was born February 27, 1933 in East Haven, Connecticut. She was the second child to parents Julie and Martin Olson, natives of Norway. Martin was a shopping center pioneer in Connecticut where he developed many shopping centers in Groton, New London and Mystic including the Olde Mystic Village. As a young women she attended Saint Mark's Episcopal Church in Mystic.
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She attended school at Hamden Hall and Yale University. Soon after she enlisted in the Navy as a physician's assistant in Oakland California, she met and married the love of her life, Joseph Michaels. They raised their children, Martin Michaels, James Michaels and Sharon Waldo in Mumford Cove and Orange Connecticut. In the summer of 1969 they moved to South Florida where they opened the family business, Michaels Plumbing.
Sylvia's life consisted of raising her children and grandchildren, boating in Montaug, Sag Harbor, Bimini and the coast of South Florida. She was a founding member of the Ladies Fish-Off Fishing Tournament. Sylvia enjoyed poker with the family on Sundays, and always walked away from a casino with winnings. She was a second generation member and shareholder of the Lauderdale Surf and Yacht Club where she served as a Board member since the early 1980's and was its first woman president. If she wasn't fishing she was spending her free time on the family compound just east of the Florida Everglades which consisted of over 100 acres of land where they entertained family and friends on any given weekend. She was a world traveler, traveling with her husband, children, siblings and their children. One of her favorite sayings was "Hey why not, life's too short not to have a good time".
Sylvia was wife to Joseph Michaels for the past 59 years. Mother to Martin Michaels, James Michaels, and Sharon Waldo. Mother-In-Law to Debbie Michaels, Dona Michaels, Gary SanGiacomo and Tom Waldo. Grandmother to Christina and Aaron Buerosse, Michael Waldo and Amy Caldwell, Julie and Dallas Nichols, Barrett Michaels, Anthony Bell, Christopher Bell, Roxanne and Christopher Zomper. Great Grandmother to Sebastian, Logan, Dallas Jr, Dylan, Annabella, Christopher, Anthony, Blake, Aiden. Sister to Joyce Olson Resnikoff, Jerry and Vivian Olson, Martin and Iris Olson and survived by many beloved nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at Forest Lawn North located at 200 West Copans Road, Pompano Beach Florida on Friday June 22, 2012. Visitation 1pm - 3 pm followed by service and burial.
Published in Sun-Sentinel on June 17, 2012