Sylvia Sarah Brod, Raleigh, NC passed away peacefully on Friday, May 15, 2015 at Rex Rehabilitation and Long Term Care. She was born on August 25, 1915 in Chicago, IL to Benjamin and Fannie Shedroff, the 9th of 10 children. On March 1, 1943, she married Harold Z. Brod, the love of her life since they were childhood neighbors.
Her first job was for the WPA, Division of Investigation in Chicago. At the start of World War II, she worked in Washington, DC for the War Department’s Department of Criminal Investigations/Pensions and Benefits. When she married Harold, they moved to various Army posts around the country. Harold was an officer in the Ordnance Corps and, in late 1943, he went overseas to begin assembling materiel for D-Day. Sylvia returned to Chicago and her job at the WPA. Harold returned home in 1946, and she happily became a homemaker and mother. As their family grew, Harold’s work took them to in Milwaukee, Indianapolis, and the Chicago area. Wherever they lived, they quickly settled in and forged close friendships, often through mahjong, bridge, and volunteer activities. Wherever she lived, and whatever she did, she took great joy in baking (cookies were her specialty) and delivering them to family and friends.
When Harold retired in 1980, they moved to Raleigh. Together, they quickly became involved in activities at Temple Beth Or, the North Carolina Senior Games, and the 55-Plus Club and stayed active as a couple until his sudden passing in 1986. Two years later, Sylvia adopted “Tripper”, and they shared 12 years together taking long walks in the neighborhood, car rides, and attracting attention wherever they went. He was her protector and devoted four-legged companion.
One activity of particular importance to Sylvia was her volunteer work at Raleigh Community Hospital. Every Friday morning for twenty years, she could be found at the information desk. Even after she could no longer drive, she would take the bus to the hospital in order to work her regular shift. She also helped organize the first Christmas volunteer program within the Jewish community, allowing regular volunteers and some staff to be home with their families Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
In 2000, Sylvia was one of the first residents of The Heritage, where she quickly formed a hospitality committee, created and maintained the resident directory, organized bridge games and women’s poker night, helped establish the Gay 90’s group, and became a charter member of the Golden Girls, whose friendship and love she treasured as her adopted “sisters”.
In recent years, although her ability to participate in activities was curtailed, her indomitable spirit, positive outlook, and warm, radiating smile remained strong.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Harold, her nine brothers and sisters, and nine nieces and nephews. Surviving are her beloved daughters Donna Rosefield and husband Herbert (Bert) of Raleigh, and Jennifer Griffith and husband Dave of Durham; grandchildren Bess Rosefield Ehmcke and husband Christopher of Charlotte, Scott Rosefield, currently in Kathmandu, Nepal, and Mark Rosefield and wife Karem of Exton, PA.
Funeral services will be held at Temple Beth Or, 5315 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh on Monday, May 18 at 1:30 PM, with internment following at Raleigh Hebrew Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Transitions of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607 or to the Music Fund at Temple Beth Or.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.Brown Wynne.com