In memory of
Sylvia Roberts Surpin
In memory of
Sylvia Roberts Surpin
Sylvia Roberts Surpin, 101 Beloved mother and grandmother, needlepoint instructor Sylvia Roberts Surpin, a highly respected needlepoint artist and teacher, died peacefully in her West Brighton apartment on October 10, 2020, just days after her 101st birthday. Born on Staten Island, Sylvia grew up in Port Richmond and graduated from Port Richmond High School in 1937. Upon graduation and prior to World War II, she worked for Burroughs Office Machines in Manhattan as an instructor, particularly on the newly developed comptometer. Following the death of her first husband in the war, Sylvia married Ben Surpin, who returned from military service to start a wholesale fruit and produce business, in which Sylvia later worked. In 1971, Sylvia started teaching needlepoint becoming well known among accomplished members of the Embroiderer's Guild as a creative artist and expert practitioner. She later opened her own studio and over the years, she was a beloved teacher to many Staten Islanders who wanted to learn the craft or improve their practice, and was greatly missed when she closed her studio in 1995. Her husband Ben; her parents, Joseph and Anna Roberts; and her brothers, Al and Lee, predeceased Sylvia. She is survived by her daughter Jo Surpin and her wife Carole Sinclair-Thompson, her son Rick and his wife Sara Gould, and her grandson Jacob Surpin, as well as many nieces and nephews.
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In memory of
Sylvia Roberts Surpin
Sylvia Roberts Surpin, 101 Beloved mother and grandmother, needlepoint instructor Sylvia Roberts Surpin, a highly respected needlepoint artist and teacher, died peacefully in her West Brighton apartment on October 10, 2020, just days after her 101st birthday. Born on Staten Island, Sylvia grew up in Port Richmond and graduated from Port Richmond High School in 1937. Upon graduation and prior to World War II, she worked for Burroughs Office Machines in Manhattan as an instructor, particularly on the newly developed comptometer. Following the death of her first husband in the war, Sylvia married Ben Surpin, who returned from military service to start a wholesale fruit and produce business, in which Sylvia later worked. In 1971, Sylvia started teaching needlepoint becoming well known among accomplished members of the Embroiderer's Guild as a creative artist and expert practitioner. She later opened her own studio and over the years, she was a beloved teacher to many Staten Islanders who wanted to learn the craft or improve their practice, and was greatly missed when she closed her studio in 1995. Her husband Ben; her parents, Joseph and Anna Roberts; and her brothers, Al and Lee, predeceased Sylvia. She is survived by her daughter Jo Surpin and her wife Carole Sinclair-Thompson, her son Rick and his wife Sara Gould, and her grandson Jacob Surpin, as well as many nieces and nephews.
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