Born August 9, 1928

Meyerson, Sylvia 86 of Surprise passed away April 16th, 2012. Sylvia was born to Harry and Mollie Gorkin, lived in New York and California most of her life. Sylvia was survived by her husband Joe (married 65 years), 4 children - Jeffrey, Kenneth, Lisa Dee and Betsy, 5 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and many friends and family. Sylvia was a retired accountant who loved movies, reading, playing cards and shopping. Mrs. Meyerson was a lifelong volunteer for education, health and Jewish related causes. During the cold war, she traveled to Russia to give Jewish families hope and guidance and when several emigrated to the U.S., she taught them English and how to adopt to American culture. The family requests any donations in Sylvia's name to Autism Care and Treatment (ACT) Today which helps children with autism get critically needed care (; 19019 Ventura Bl, Suite 200, Tarzana, CA 91356). A memorial service will be held in Sylvia's honor on Friday April 20th 1:00 PM at Sunland Mortuary's Lakeside Chapel, 15826 Del Webb Bl., Sun City.


  • Memorial Service Friday, April 20, 2012


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Angie Rietschel

May 1, 2012

I will always cherish the memories of Sylvia volunteering in my kindergarten classroom at West Point Elementary. I learned so much from her and will miss her dearly!

Dori Fink

April 29, 2012

Sylvia's good sense of humor and easy smile made everyone have a sense of belonging -- she made everyone feel comfortable. I will miss her friendship.

Rebekah Walendzak

April 24, 2012

My deepest condolences. Love and prayers to the Meyerson family.

Dawn Greer

April 23, 2012

Every time I try to write something the tears come. Joe, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. You and Sylvia were my surrogate parents when I lived across the country from my own. You welcomed me into your home, shared meals and advice, gave hugs and transportation when it was desperately needed, and to this day I can hear both of your voices in my head (along with the laughter) from so many specific times, I can lose count. Betsy, my dearest, dearest friend; thank you for so willingly sharing your family with me. I count memories of them among my treasures. I feel the pain you are feeling right now and I hold you (all of you) in my prayers, that time helps to heal your hearts and allows only the good times to float to the surface and comfort you. Sylvia had style, grace, brutal honesty, a sharp sense of humor, and a laugh that you felt compelled to share. She knew a bargain, was a miracle worker with numbers, and her cooking skill was only surpassed by the joy it gave her to be a hostess. Words can't even express how much she will be missed. But it was indeed a privilege to know her. Bye "Mom", and thank you for everything.

gloria schauer

April 22, 2012

We sometimes know so little about the person we greet and play cards with.

I had no idea she traveled to Russia and was instrumental in helping Jewish families there and then again when they emigrated to the U.S.

I would so have loved to speak to her about that.

What a compassionate woman you were and my deepest sympathies go out to the entire family.

Gloria Schauer (scg resident and bridge player)

Esther Dickstein

April 20, 2012

My condolences on the loss of your dear wife, mother, grandmother and great grand mother. She was my dear friend and inspiration. I met her the first week I moved here and admired her from then on. She was quick witted and compassionate with a zest for life. It was a privilege to be counted among her friends... and she played a mean game of mahjong and bridge. May she rest in peace and may her memory cheer you with the knowledge that she loved you all.