9/13/1935 – 7/17/2019
Strong and independent, Sylvia grew up on a farm, in a large family of 11, along the ocean, in New Richmond, Quebec, Canada.
Ever the adventurer, she moved to Boston with her sisters and got a job working in a bank. At a dance she met John Schwasnick. They spent time at hockey games and concerts on the Boston Commons. They later married.
Together, John and Sylvia were a strong moral and spiritual compass for their children, Suzanne, Monique, Deanne and Richard, who they raised in Simi Valley. Sylvia stayed home with her young children, enriching their lives with library days, Indian Maiden events and leading Girl Scout troop meetings. She loved being outdoors and took the kids on walnut gathering walks, hikes at Wildwood Park and endless park days. She was so lucky to have her sisters, Rita and Babette, nearby and loved large family gatherings at Ventura Beach. Trips back to Black Capes kept her connected to her sisters Jeannine, Gervaise and Christina and her brothers.
In Simi Valley, John and Sylvia were active members of St. Rose of Lima Church. Sylvia met life long friends and continued to put her kids first, spending her lunch hours watching her children at their sporting events.
Hot Simi Valley summers and long school vacations sent her and the kids to Carpinteria State Beach. Her idea of fun was to take four kids plus their friends on weeklong camping trips.
After years summering at the beach, a move to Carpinteria in 1983 was perfect. She enjoyed making new friends at Santa Barbara Supportive Services and outings with the girls, especially at Alice Keck Park. She always found time to walk on the beach and enjoyed collecting seashells.
Next for John and Sylvia came the grandkids, eight in all, Giselle, William, Sam, Hali, Ian, Sophie, Corinne and Cody. She always looked forward to visits from the grandkids. Grandmaman led countless walks to the beach for sun, sand and snacks.
So many memories with the grandkids: endless tea parties and cowboy barbeques, sewing clothes for their dolls and stuffed animals, playing rounds and rounds of Crazy 8s, setting up the hot wheel tracks around the house and ending the days with an evening stroll to see a beautiful sunset.
Thank you, Mom!
In honor of Sylvia, a mass will be held at 1 p.m., on Monday, July 29, at Mount Carmel in Montecito, California.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Citizens for Carpinteria Bluffs, PO Box 700 Carpinteria, CA 93014, Carpinteriabluffs.org; Parc Foundation (Alice Keck Park, was mom’s favorite) PO Box 91742, Santa Barbara, CA 93190, Parcsb.org; or Serenity House/Visiting Nurses, 509 E. Montecito Street, Suite 200, Santa Barbara, CA 93103, vnhcsb.org.