VIRGINIA BEACH - Sylvia Feldman Zucker passed away Monday, Sept. 28, 2009 at Beth Sholom Home of Eastern Virginia.
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She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Oct. 2, 1917, to the late Sarah and Sam Feldman. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Max; and her two brothers, Andy Farrell and Sidney Feldman.
Mrs. Zucker's life work was guided by her desire to expose special children to learning and working situations to develop each individual to their fullest potential. In 1961, she was hired as Executive Director of the Peninsula Association for Retarded Citizens. She began with a fundraising Hope Fund of $.16 from her own pocket. With hard work, state and federal grants, civic groups and private donations, she built the Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Regional Center. Through her acquaintance with the family of Chester Carlson, inventor of Xerox, she raised the funds to begin construction of the facility, which housed a preschool, vocational center, residential cottages and summer camp. This campus was a memorial dedicated to Mrs. Doriss Carlson's mother, Sarah Bonwell Hudgins. In addition, Mrs. Zucker was fortunate to have board members, who were dedicated and supported her every endeavor. Upon her retirement in 1978, the Administration Building was named in her honor.
Mrs. Zucker is survived by a daughter, Pearl Taylor and her husband, Richard; and a son, Roy Zucker; four grandchildren, Shawn Taylor Zelman and her husband, Jeff, Stephanie Lichty and her husband, Jeff, Jason and Lauren Zucker; seven great-grandchildren, Jay, Abby, Molly and Joshua Lichty, and Taylor, Sawyer and Skylar Zelman.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, at Chevra Thilim Cemetery, on George Washington Highway and Frederick Boulevard, officiated by Rabbi Michael Panitz. The family will have the Meal of Consolation at the home of Stephanie and Jeff Lichty, 2537 Nestlebrook Trail, Virginia Beach. Shiva will be observed at the home of Pearl and Richard Taylor, 2834 Loveliness Court, Virginia Beach, Wednesday evening, Thursday, and Friday.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Foundation, 1 Singleton Drive, Hampton, VA 23666 or Temple Israel, 7255 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23505.
Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach, is in charge of the arrangements.
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Published in Daily Press from Sept. 29 to Sept. 30, 2009