Sylvia T. Louda

Sylvia T. Louda

1/17/1947 – 9/2/2021

Sylvia T. Louda passed away peacefully on Sept. 2, 2021. She will be greatly missed by her two grown children, Josh and Eva, their spouses, her granddaughter, family and friends. Sylvia was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and spent her childhood in the city (often calling herself a street kid from Boston) and on the coast of Maine with her cousins. 

After graduating high school, she headed to the west coast to visit her cousins, John and David, in Santa Monica. When she set her toes in the Pacific Ocean, she knew she had found a new home. During this time, she also discovered her true passion, early childhood education and development. She graduated from a progressive teaching program at Pacific Oaks College. She excelled in her studies and was a source of expertise and support for those around her. 

Sylvia arrived in Carpinteria in the late 70s with her future husband and great friend; they rented the brown house on the corner of Walnut Ave. and 8th Street, dubbing it the “5195 Club”. Carpinteria became their adopted home, and they followed their dreams by purchasing a plot of land in Gobernador Canyon. Dragging two trailers into the avocado trees and building outdoor kitchens and bathrooms, they embraced the back to the land movement. 

Our mother had a huge heart and was often the first person at your door ready to help with food in times of struggle or despair. She adored her students and would do anything for them. Her intelligence and her creativity combined made her a wonderful teacher. Mom, we hope you’re in a peaceful place and can rest easy. Know that we appreciate all that you’ve done for us. We love and miss you.

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Mrs. Louda made a such huge impact on my life to this day. She was one of my favorite teachers growing up. I am 30 years old now, and I still to do this day remember all the fun memories I had in Mrs. Louda’s class. I met my best friend in her class and we are still best friends to this day, I am forever thankful for that. May she rest easy now. I’ll make sure to watch Titanic tonight in your memory. Thank you for making an impact on my life. -William Medina

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