Sylvia H. Mandel
1928 - 2020
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Sylvia Hoberman Mandel passed away on Tuesday May 26, 2020. Sylvia was born on October 8, 1928 to Rose and Harry Hoberman in Brooklyn NY. She was raised in Seagate, Brooklyn with her older sister Edith and brother Jerry. She graduated from Hunter College in 1950 and shortly afterward married John H. Mandel. They settled In Allentown in the mid-50's to open John's medical testing business, The Lehigh Valley Laboratories. Sylvia is survived by three children, Joy Mandel (Tim Nehl), Mitch Mandel (Suzanne Nelson), and Hilary Smith (Kevin Smith) and six grandchildren, Laura, Nathan, Benjamin, Max, Emlyn and Liana, and four great-grandchildren, Zachary, Sarai, Elis and Iona. Sylvia was a librarian at Muhlenberg College, and served on the board at Haven House in Allentown. She loved traveling, needlepoint, playing bridge with her friends and attending classical music concerts with John. But most important to her was her family - her happiest times were spent with her children and grandchildren.

No flowers please. Funeral services are private. Contributions in her memory may be made to Haven House, 1411 Union Blvd. Allentown PA 18109

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Published in Morning Call on May 27, 2020.
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May 28, 2020
I didn't know Sylvia really well but she was one of those people who you thought of often and we're just happy that she was on a world that you shared with her. Every interaction with her was a joy and I am only sorry that I never answered her invitation for tea. I am so very grateful that she touched my life...
Debrosha McCants
May 28, 2020
I am very sorry for your loss of your mother. She was always nice to me and my family. May the Lord bless and protect you all during this sad time.
May 27, 2020
ilary, Joy and Mitch. Saddened to hear of the passing of your beloved mother. Please accept my heartfelt sympathies. It was a pleasure and homer to be involved in her life, in her later years. She spoke often and very warmly of you all, including her grand dog.
Sandi Hippert
May 27, 2020
Dear Mitch, Suzanne, and Hilary,
We were very sorry to read the news of your mothers passing. We are thinking of you at this sad and difficult time.
Sandy & Mickey Freeman
Sandy and Mickey Freeman
May 27, 2020
May her memory be a blessing.
Current Haven House Board Member
Beverly Wasserman
May 26, 2020
Dear Hilary,
I only met your mother a few times, but that was enough to know that she was an articulate and delightful person. (Of course -- she was a librarian!) I am so sorry you lost her. My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family.
As ever,
Anne Morris
Anne L. Morris
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