Sylvia Safferson

DATELINE: Marlborough, MA

Sylvia Safferson, 95, died peacefully on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at New Horizons. She was the beloved wife of the late Nathan Safferson for over 55 years. Born in Boston, the daughter of the late Aaron and Ida (Davis) Barr, she moved to Warwick after getting married, and then resided in Marlborough, MA for the past 6 years. She was a coordinator and secretary at Bradley Hospital. Sylvia was a member of Temple Torat Yisrael and its Sisterhood for 55 years. She volunteered at Hasbro Children’s Hospital where she read to young patients.  She also delivered gifts for the Jewish Seniors Agency. She loved to participate in a wide variety of activities—including tap dancing, singing, reading, arts and crafts, and staying up to date on current events.

Devoted mother of Paul Safferson and his wife, Rivka, of Oakton, VA and Rona Stein and her husband, Michael, of Framingham, MA. Loving grandmother to Alan, Sally, Ben, Jessica, and Danielle. Cherished great grandmother of Eli.

Graveside services will be held Sunday at 11:00 a.m. at Lincoln Park Cemetery, 1469 Post Rd., Warwick, RI. Shiva will be observed at 7 Travis Dr., Framingham, MA on Sunday between the hours of 2-4 p.m and 7-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Sylvia’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 931 Jefferson Blvd., Suite 3004, Warwick, RI 02886 or the American Heart Association, 1 State St., #200, Providence, RI 02908.

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  1. Linda Tetreault
    Aug 1, 2021

    Dear Paul and Rona, I met your mother in 1973 when we both worked at Foster Parents Plan. We remained steadfast friends ever since then, nearly fifty years. Your mother was a remarkable woman and I feel priviledged to have had her for a friend. We watched each other’s children grow up and then we both had the joy of becoming grandparents. I know she was thrilled to become a great grandmother. Distance never came between the friendship we had developed. I loved her and will never forget her. Your mom was one very special woman. My deepest condolences to you and your families.

    • Paul Safferon
      Aug 2, 2021

      Thank you so much for the kind words and the reminder about Foster Parents Plan

    • Rona S Stein
      Aug 3, 2021

      Thank you Linda for the kind words. My mom always told me how much she adored you and the great times you shared. She enjoyed receiving cards for various occasions over the years and the numerous phone calls. Even though you didn’t live close by in the last few years, you always visited her in Marlborough when visiting your daughter. I wish your family health and happiness.

  2. Lois Torman
    Aug 3, 2021

    To the Safferson family:
    I was so sorry to hear of Sylvia’s death. She was a special friend and we enjoyed many social, dinner. Although I was unable to visit her once she moved we kept in touch by telephone. I will miss our conversations. My sincere sympathy to all.

  3. Rona S Stein
    Aug 3, 2021

    Thank you Lois for reaching out to us. I know my mom enjoyed spending time with you and all of the adventures that you had together. I hope you and your family are well.

  4. Roberta Fain Arsac
    Aug 5, 2021

    I am so sorry to learn of Sylvia’s passing. She was a sweetheart. I knew her as a fellow congregant at Temple Torat Yisrael. I also had Rona as a Sunday School student in the late 60′s or early 70′s. My sympathies go out to her family. A life well lived.

    • Rona S Stein
      Aug 8, 2021

      Thank you Roberta for the kind words. I hope you are well.

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