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Sylvia Katz David Obituary
Sylvia Katz David

Sylvia Katz David was born in the Bronx, New York on August 15, 1929 to parents Yetta and Albert Katz, however the mother that raised her after the death of her birth mother was Laura Katz. In 1949 Sylvia not only captured the heart but also the body of Eric David followed by their wedding in November of that year, and culminating in Sylvia's death on December 4, 2013, seven days after their 64th wedding anniversary. Her death occurred after eight years of suffering with spinal and neck Stenosis, and a probable tumor at the base of her skull. Sylvia was predeceased by her older sister and brother-in-law Edith and Leo Petrillo, as well as her son-in-law Raymond G. Perkins. Sylvia is survived by her husband, Eric, children Ellen (Bill) Janssen, Donna (Jay) Bartley, Wendy Perkins, and Ken David, granddaughters, Heather Janssen, Carissa and Jackie Perkins, and her sister Marilyn Stayman. All will miss her wit and warmth. Sylvia graduated from Taft High School in the Bronx with a certificate in bookkeeping, which she put to use working for a contractor. After only six moths she was promoted to a full charge bookkeeper handling all financial affairs of the company. Sylvia later earned an associate degree in business from Long Beach City College, and was trained as an electrical estimator by the National Electrical Contractor's Association. When our children were older and became more self-sufficient Sylvia filled a job as a deputy business tax assessor for the County of Los Angeles, but she always insisted that she be home for dinner time as was required of the kids and husband - all of which made for lively conversations. In the early 60s Sylvia was the financial brain for the couple's electrical contracting firm and became one of the first female contractors in California as the CEO/President of the firm. Sylvia was also a Long Beach Unified School District Volunteer In Public Schools (VIPS) for several years taking great delight in helping elementary school children gain reading and math skills. Subsequently Sylvia taught beginning computer classes as an adjunct instructor at Long Beach City College for some five years. Sylvia and Eric were members of Wilshire Boulevard Temple following membership in Temple Israel in Long Beach. Both have also been involved for 63 years in the Wilshire Boulevard Temple camps located north of Malibu. Sylvia's hobbies included voracious reading, computers, needlepoint, cooking, traveling, and being a "spoiling" grandma. In lieu of flowers or very much appreciated expressions of condolences, the family requests that donations be made to the Rabbi Alfred Wolf Campership Fund at or the . Please sign the guestbook at
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram from Dec. 11 to Dec. 13, 2013
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