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Sylvia Wein

August 1, 1917 January 18, 2015
Sylvia Wein
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Obituary for Sylvia Wein


August 1, 1917 – January 18, 2015

Born in 1917 to Sophie and Elis Muffs at Greenwich Hospital, Sylvia attended Port Chester schools, moved to Scranton, PA for elementary school, and returned to Port Chester in 1931 where she graduated from Port Chester High School in 1934. She attended Albany State Teacher’s College and graduated in 1938 with a B.S. degree in commerce. After graduation she worked as a secretary in New York City and eventually secured positions as a high school business teacher in upstate New York and South Huntington.

Sylvia married Nathan Wein, "the boy next door," in 1943 and when he was shipped overseas during WWII, she continued teaching in South Huntington, NY. When Natie returned from the war, the couple lived in Rye and began to build their life together. The birth of their daughter, Jo Lynn, and their son, Gerald Jay, completed their family. They purchased a home and moved to Port Chester in 1951 and Natie practiced law with his brothers, Irving and Malcolm Wein. In addition to raising her children and managing her home, Sylvia worked for the family firm, Wein & Wein, throughout her marriage.

After Natie’s death in 1979, Sylvia went to work for Pepsico’s Public Affairs Department for eighteen years, retiring at the age of 80. Her colleagues there joined the long line of her admirers and friends.

Sylvia was a dedicated Hadassah member her entire life, serving as treasurer for seventeen years and in many other capacities. In recognition of her accomplishments, the Kehillah Chapter of Hadassah named Sylvia Hand of Healing Honoree in 1985, Woman of the Year in 1975 and again in 1995 and 2014. Sylvia’s community service has not been limited to Hadassah. She has served as a Trustee of the Port Chester/Rye Brook Library since 1979, for which she was honored in 2014. Previously, she was a Prompter at SUNY Purchase’s Performing Arts Center, and a member of many committees of the KTI Sisterhood.

Sylvia is survived by her daughter, Jo Wein and her husband Hillel Dershowitz, her son Jerry Wein and his wife Valerie Bogart, her grandson Eli Cohn-Wein and his fiance Leslie Bass, and her grandson Jonathan Dershowitz and his wife Ruth Dershowitz. She will be missed by many other loving relatives and friends from across generations and around the globe.

Donations in Sylvia’s memory can be made to:

Kehillah Chapter of Hadassah

c/o Carol R. Blucher, Treasurer

953 West Boston Post Road 3C

Mamaroneck, NY 10543-3339

Port Chester/Rye Brook Library

Nathan L. Wein Memorial Fund

1 Haseco Avenue

Port Chester, New York 10573

Shiva at the home of Sylvia Wein
63 Shelley Avenue
Port Chester, NY 10573
Tuesday, Jan. 20: 2 pm to 5 pm, 7 to 9 pm (Minyan 7:15 pm)
Wednesday, Jan. 21: 2 pm to 5 pm, 7 to 9 pm (Minyan 7:15 pm)
Thursday, Jan. 22: 2 pm to 5 pm, 7 to 9 pm (Minyan 7:15 pm)
Sunday, Jan. 24: 2 pm to 5 pm

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11:00 AM 1/20/2015 11:00:00 AM
Congregation KTI

575 King Street
Port Chester, NY 10573

Congregation KTI
575 King Street Port Chester 10573 NY
United States

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Glenville/Riversville Cemetery Final Resting Place

Memory Lane
Glenville, CT

Memory Lane Glenville CT
United States

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