C. Barbara Sylvia

July 20, 1919October 19, 2012

C. Barbara (Dabrowski) Sylvia, age 93, passed away, Friday, October 19, 2012 at Country Gardens Skilled Nursing and Rehab. She was the wife of the late Edward J. Sylvia.

A lifelong New Bedford resident, Mrs. Sylvia was the daughter of the late Felix and Mary (Kolpak) Dabrowski.

Barbara graduated from New Bedford High School in 1937. She then pursued business and accounting courses, and numerous federal seminars. In addition to, she and her husband, owning and operating a popular North End Restaurant known as “Barbara’s” from 1944 to 1962; she worked as an office manager for Aerovox, Cornell Dubilier and LaStraite Associates. She was controller for a group of affiliated Cosmetology Schools from 1971 to 1983; (LaBaron of New Bedford, Inc., LeBaron of Florida Inc., and Kay Harvey of Springfield, Inc.) before retiring. She was a member and past president of the Polish American Veterans Auxiliary, member of St. Casimir Senior Citizens Club, member of the National AARP and Dartmouth AARP #1257, past treasurer and past vice president of the New Bedford Woman’s Club.

Survivors include a son, Attorney Edward J. Sylvia, Jr. and his wife Suzanne of South Dartmouth; a daughter Arlene Klausen and her husband E. Thomas Klausen of Swansea; a sister, Janice Jarus of MD; 6 grandchildren, Douglas and David Sylvia, Danielle (Sylvia) Cabral, Marcella (Pereira) Bouchard, Mario Pereira and Gina Pereira, 13 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Sheriff Edward K. Dabrowski and Wanda Ohlinger.

Her funeral will be held Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 10am at ROCK Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd, New Bedford. Visiting hours will be Monday from 5-8pm. Burial in St. John Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to St Anthony Shrine and Ministry Center, 100 Arch Street, Boston, MA 02110-1100.


  • Visiting Hours Monday, October 22, 2012
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, October 23, 2012

C. Barbara Sylvia

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David & Jacquie Duhancik

October 22, 2012

Arlene, I will never forget the fond memories of your Mom when I or David would go visiting her,with you or Tom.

Roberta Santos

October 21, 2012

Please accept our sympathies due to your Mom's passing.
Roberta and Gil Santos

Mary & Joe Murphy

October 21, 2012

So sorry about your mom's passing. You and Tom were so good to her, and made her very happy. Take comfort in having no regrets.