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Levinson, Sylvia Spector

Sylvia Spector Levinson died on Monday, Sept. 22, at the age of 86.

{mprestriction ids="1"}Funeral Services were held at Emanu El Cemetery in Houston on Sunday, Sept. 28, with Rabbi Roy Walter officiating. Pallbearers were William Spitz, Stuart Jacobson, Jay Peters, Jake Levinson, Josh Novorr, Michael Novorr, Ken Persky, Adam Siegel, Steve Spector and Paul Spector. The family suggests that donations be made in Sylvia’s memory to the Jewish Family Service of Houston, or a charity of your choice.

She was born in Chicago to Sam and Ida Spector on May 25, 1928. Immigrants from Ukraine, her parents settled in Detroit, opening a fruit and vegetable market and later a pickle business. The years of the Depression and World War II were difficult, but Sylvia thrived in school and excelled in all her classes. Her close friends nicknamed her “The Brain” and she often reminisced about spending afternoons with a book overlooking the trees from the window seat of her family home. 

After high school, she was offered scholarships from all the top Michigan universities. She attended Wayne State University, where she met her future husband, Stuart, in a geography class.