Sylvia Engler Robins, died peacefully on Thursday the 12th of June 2014, in Houston, Texas. She was 95 years old.|
Sylvia was born on the 14th of March 1919, in Fort Worth, Texas. She was the fifth of six children born to Annie and Adolph Engler, who met in Chicago after immigrating to the United States from Russia and Austria respectively. Sylvia was the youngest daughter and is preceded in death by her older brother, Louie and her older sisters Minnie Waldman, Eva Hurwitz and Esther Wolf. Her younger brother, Jodie survives her. Sylvia's parents emphasized the importance of education, and Sylvia often spoke of sitting on her Daddy's lap while he lectured her about going to college. Sylvia graduated from the University of Texas in 1939 where she was selected to be a Bluebonnet Belle. Sylvia met Herbert Robins while she was at UT and married him in Fort Worth on March 1, 1941. The two were married for almost fifty years when Herbert died in 1990. Sylvia had three beloved children, Barbara, Ronnie, and Linda, who along with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, were the great joys of her life. Sylvia worked for years at her sister's store, Esther Wolf's, where she was a top seller devoted to ensuring that her clients were fashionably dressed. Sylvia knew how to have fun. She regaled her grandchildren with stories of her childhood growing up with eight people sharing one bathroom; how, as fourth of four girls, she never had new clothes; her adventures as a young wife and substitute teacher at Ball High in Galveston and of fun times with her many friends in Houston. She often ended her story with "We had a ball" which is a fitting way to sum up her long and very full life. Above all, Sylvia lived for and loved her family.
Sylvia is survived by her brother Dr. Joseph Engler; daughter Barbara Friedman, her son Dr. Ronnie Robins and his wife Jackie; her daughter Linda Robins; her granddaughters Beth Walters and her husband Mike and Alison Belcher and her husband George, and her grandsons Brent Friedman and his wife Michele, Kevin Robins and his wife Sara, and Andrew Friedman and his wife Robin; nine great grandchildren: Eva Elyse, Katy, Rhett, Logan, Cecilia, Harrison, Eliza, Ethan and Zachary; and by numerous beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to Pearl Sam, Kathy Charles, Yolanda Tilman and Yvonne Hardy who devoted themselves to Sylvia and provided loving care to her in her later years.
A memorial service is to be conducted at half-past five o'clock in the evening on Sunday, the 15th of June in the Jasek Chapel of Geo H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston, where Rabbi Steven M. Gross of Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism is to officiate.
Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception to be held in the adjacent grand foyer.
Prior to the service, the family will have gathered for a private interment at Emanu El Memorial Park.
In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed to Baylor University Alzheimer's Disease & Memory Disorder Center, 1977 Butler Blvd., Ste. E5.101, Houston, TX 77030; or the
of Houston, 6055 South Loop East, Houston, TX 77087
She will be dearly missed by so many yet the lessons, the gifts and her zeal for life will carry on in all whom she touched.
Published in Houston Chronicle from June 14 to June 15, 2014