Sylvia Rindskopf

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Annapolis, Md. - Sylvia Lubow Rindskopf, 92, passed away in Annapolis, Md. on March 23, 2010, after a short illness.

Sylvia was born on Jan. 25, 1918, in New London, the fourth child of Annie Rifkin and Barnett Lubow.

She attended Williams Memorial Institute and Connecticut College for Women, now Connecticut College, in New London, graduating in 1940, with a BA in sociology and economics. She worked briefly in the Sociology Department of the College.

She married Ensign Maurice H. Rindskopf, USN, in New York on April 6, 1941, and traveled with him to duty stations in the United States at Washington, DC, Long Beach, Calif. and New London, and overseas to Panama, Hawaii, and Naples, Italy. During her Navy life, she was a popular hostess and nurtured the wives of young officers assigned to her husband's commands. This was especially true when she lived in New London, where her husband was officer in charge of the Submarine School, Commanding Officer of USS FULTON, and Commander of Submarine Group II. She readily volunteered her time and knowledge to the Red Cross Bloodmobile and the Navy Relief Society for 32 years until her husband retired in 1972.

She spent the remainder of her life in Maryland, where she again distinguished herself as a volunteer docent for 18 years at the historic William Paca House in Annapolis. She enjoyed travel, golf at the Army-Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va., and the Chartwell Country Club near her home in Severna Park, she was a proficient bridge player, and fully capable of completing the New York Times crossword puzzles in ink. She moved to BayWoods of Annapolis in 2003, and became one of the most popular residents, participating in many activities, including writing for the bi-weekly newspaper. She was a caring mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and an ecstatic great-grandmother.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 69 years, Rear Admiral Mike Rindskopf, a granddaughter, Amy Kathryn Rindskopf, and two great-grandsons, Jasper Rindskopf Schultz and Ian Zephyr Schultz. She is also survived by Amy's mother, Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, a great-nephew, Seth Lahn, and a great-niece, Deena Lahn.

Her only child, Peter Eric Rindskopf, president and valedictorian of New London High School, 1960, graduate of Yale, 1964, and Yale Law School, 1967, predeceased her.

Funeral services will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Connecticut College, New London.

Online condolences may be made to www.johnmtaylorfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Day on Mar. 25, 2010
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