Sylvia Berman was born Aug. 17, 1912, in Manhattan. She lived most of her life in Sullivan County and in Florida. She is a 1933 graduate of SUNY New Paltz and was a teacher for many years. Sylvia and her husband, Max, owned many businesses. She lives at the Gurwin Jewish Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center in Commack to be near her daughter. Sylvia also has three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.