Sylvia (Steigman) Brodsky

August 13, 1917October 3, 2020

Born in 1917 to immigrant parents from Austria, she lived most of her life in the Boston area.

She married Larry Brodsky in 1946 when he returned from his service in the Pacific theater of war. He ran the restaurants, and she did the bookkeeping while raising their children.

Sylvia's love of art and talent for painting began to bloom under her teacher, Albert Alcalay, and led to a change of the family's business. Harvard Square Art Centre, an art supply and picture framing shop, supported the family as well as Sylvia's vocation, and she produced a strong body of work, winning prizes and mounting shows at the Cambridge Artists Guild and other locations.

The summer house in Falmouth led to Sylvia's membership in the Falmouth Artist Guild where she showed her sense of color and composition in abstract oil paintings. Returning to Newton in September, she would rejoin the art and music scene in the city. Her love of jazz informed her work, producing a vibrant Jazz series.

In 2014, Sylvia moved to Atria in Falmouth and enjoyed the cultural events as well as visits from family and friends. She kept her strong personality and sense of humor until the end.

She was predeceased by her husband and leaves her children, Jane Brodsky Fitzpatrick (Kevin Fitzpatrick), Joseph Brodsky (Ellen Northrup Brodsky), and Michael Brodsky (Janet Hofmann); grandchildren, Samuel (Ali Kenner Brodsky), David (Marie-Eve Lamarre Brodsky), Jacob (Robin Crofut-Brittingham), Ivan, and Milo Brodsky, and three great-grandchildren.


  • Graveside Service is Private

    Tuesday, October 6, 2020


Sylvia (Steigman) Brodsky

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sam brodsky

October 4, 2020

How lucky we were to have our grandparents next door every summer! What a great way to grow up - what great memories.
For some reason I keep remembering Sylvia's jokes. I didn't hear them until I was much older. Often off-color and sometimes in Yiddish, they were a big surprise. It was a whole new side to my grandmother.

Sharon Kidd

October 4, 2020

While going through my inbox to get Brodsky family email addresses, I came across this post to Michael from 2016 when I was visiting the Musee D'Orsay, a museum rich with impressionist paintings. When people always enthuse about Renoir or Monet, Sylvia took the path less traveled to a master like Bonnard. Her 103 years were well-traveled.

"In Paris and remembered how much your Mom liked Bonnard.

Sent from my iPhone"

Jacob Brodsky

October 3, 2020

Oh how I love my Grammy.
I used to go over to her house and eat a bowl of stewed blueberries. It was wonderful and I’ve never met anyone else who makes this.
I liked to mix paint with her. She said part of the joy was making a beautiful colour.

Joan and Luke Day

October 3, 2020

We remember spending time with Sylvia over the years and we were impressed by her creativity, talent and intelligence. Some of her paintings hung in my brother Kevin and sister-in-law Jane’s home and we always enjoyed seeing them when we came to visit. We visited Kevin and Jane on the cape last summer and visited Sylvia who was living nearby. She was mentally sharp as a tack and nothing got by her! We will miss her and extend our deepest condolences to Jane and her family.


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