Mariana Alvarez Sylvester

9 November, 19457 January, 2021

Mariana A. Sylvester, age 75, passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at her home in West Palm Beach. She was born in Havana, Cuba on November 9, 1945 to the late Roberto and Dalia Alvarez. At the age of 15, she moved to West Palm Beach, FL where she met the love of her life, Johnny, living across the street on Florida Ave. to later marry him at the age of 19 on April 24, 1965. As a young child she was in a convent. When she moved to West Palm Beach, FL she attended Palm Beach High School where she fully enjoyed being in Chorus and then went on to Palm Beach Junior College. She has worked at ITT Semiconductors, her Aunt’s nursery school, ran her own nursery school “Wonderful World”, and then worked as a Language Facilitator and in the ESOL program at Belvedere Elementary. She loved helping and teaching children. Mariana was a devout Catholic attending St. Juliana Church and always praying her rosary. She was a devoted, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She is known as being a warrior, never giving up and staying strong, right up until the very end. She enjoyed the beach, going to the movies, going out to eat, and dancing. She loved gardening and her green thumb showed. Green just so happens to have been her favorite color. She especially loved her orchids. Orchids represent love, beauty, and strength and coincidentally Mariana had exactly those. She enjoyed crafts and creating many beautiful things. She also enjoyed playing Bunco with her friends. But what she enjoyed the most was her family. Mariana A. Sylvester is predeceased by her beloved husband of 37.5 years, John Philip Sylvester; her parents Roberto and Dalia Alvarez; and her brothers Roberto Alvarez and Fernando Alvarez. She is survived by her three children: Cynthia Sylvester Brownell (Daryl), John Sylvester (Angel), and James Sylvester (Sasha); her eight grandchildren: Colton and Wyatt Brownell; Elizabeth, Genevieve, and Madeleine Sylvester; Landon and Scarlett Sylvester and Michael Trevino; her sister Dalia E. Alvarez; her cousins Luis Felipe and Armando Felipe; in-laws, numerous nieces, nephews, and friends; and her dog Ginger. Mariana had a heart of gold, she loved and was loved. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. The family is having Visitation on Wednesday, January 13th from 5-8pm with a service at 7pm at Quattlebaum Funeral Home, 6411 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, January 14th at 10:30am at Saint Juliana Catholic Church, 4500 S. Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach. Interment to be followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park in West Palm Beach. Flowers are welcome or you can make donations in memory of Mariana Sylvester to the charity of your choice.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, 13 January , 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday, 14 January , 2021

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    Thursday, 14 January , 2021


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Iliana Perez

January 17, 2021

It is with sadness that we received this message. I can remember our days at St. Juliana's School with the children (Cindy and Ana) always involved doing for them. As the years went by, we did not see each other frequently but remember the times we saw Mariana at church with Cindy and her family.
Our sincere sympathy to all family members in the loss of your love one.
Iliana C and Hector A Perez and family.

Luis Felipe

January 12, 2021

My cousin Mariana , I will always remember her smiling and being very sweet.I have the nicest memories when we were kids in Cuba, she used to teach me many things even how to eat melting ice cream.I also remember her in the school uniform playing in our grand parents home talking to everybody very happy and smiling.My brother Armandito he is also very sorry and sad.Good bye Marianita we will always love you.Luisito

Dinorah Arman

January 12, 2021

My deepest condolences to the entire family on the loss of your beautiful Mom. She was an extraordinary person and will be missed greatly.
May she rest in eternal peace. 💔🙏🥰🎈🦋

Dalia E, Alvarez

January 12, 2021

My sister was a special person to me. When I would tell he I loved💕her big, she would always say, I love 💕 you more.
I would respond impossible! And we would laugh. She was a special person to me and we got along so well.
She had all the great qualities of great person, great daughter, wife, mother, sister and friend,
But, above all she was a warrior. You will be missed my sister, you will always live in my heart ❤️. 😘