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Sylvia Lang Sorrentino, 100, passed away peacefully in her daughter's home on March 17, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. She is survived by many loving family members, including daughter Sara Cohen; son Mark Reisman; their spouses Dr. Martin Cohen and Dr Barbara Reisman; four grandchildren, Daniel Cohen, Dr Gillian Bush, Leah Reisman and Samuel Reisman and their spouses., as well as four amazing great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent Sorrentino, who passed away only 7 weeks prior to her death.
Sylvia was a magnetic personality who left an impression on everyone who was lucky enough to meet her.The embodiment of confidence, charisma, and strength, she was loved by many. Through mischievous glances, impeccable style, quick wit and unvarnished advice, she was a daily reminder of the power of an open mind, a loving heart and a keen eye. Born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Sylvia was a proud New Yorker. A daughter of Jewish immigrants and a lover of art, fashion,fine china and the theater, her stories told of fabulous art parties, Jewish diners, and antique treasure hunts.
After becoming a mother, she spent much of her career in healthcare administration. Her true love was theater, where she worked at the community level as well as Off-Off Broadway and summer stock theater. After relocating to Tampa, she co-founded the Tampa Bay Great Books Council, housed at the Osher Life Long Learning Institute at the University of South Florida. She was active in progressive political organizing.
Sylvia grew into the role of matriarch, and mentored many - friends, family, women and men alike - to pursue their dreams. She will be cherished and remembered for her independent spirit, her love, and pride in her family, and her commitment to keeping things interesting. A memorial, celebratory service will be held at the Segal Funeral Home some time in the future when the Covid-19 pandemic has passed.
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