In Loving Memory of
Sylvia DiTommaso Nielsen
July 17, 1934 – February 3 – 2021
Virtual Celebration of Life was held on March 6, 2021 at 1:00 PM EST
Peacefully and surrounded by her family, our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, Sylvia DiTommaso Nielsen entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at the age of 86.
Sylvia was the loving wife of the late Edward (Ed) Robert Nielsen and will be missed by her children: Wendy, Cindy, Guy and his wife Monika; her grandchildren: Madison, Mark, Alessandra, Olivia and Julia; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Born on July 17, 1934 in Brooklyn, New York, she is predeceased by her parents Gaetano and Philomena (Anna); and siblings Mary, Ricky, Tony, Frank, Louise, Rose, and Lenora.
Sylvia attended Adelphi University in NYC for her undergraduate degree in nursing and later in life received a second degree in Art History at the University of Maryland. She enjoyed careers as varied as nursing, career coaching, modeling, running an international fashion school, and even teaching hockey and figure skating.
Sylvia and Ed lived in a variety of places including Long Island, New York; Simsbury, Connecticut; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Sarasota, Florida and also overseas in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Brussels, Belgium. She was charismatic and fun and made lifelong friends wherever she lived. She and Ed had a zest for travel and visited dozens of countries, acquiring a collection of unusual art and artifacts along the way. Sylvia also had a gift for language, and beyond her native English, learned to be fluent in Spanish, French and Italian, while dabbling in Dutch and German.
Sylvia had a beautiful life, deserving of a special celebration. Please join us to help honor her life. We ask that you leave your sadness at the door, and instead bring your stories, your laughs and your happiness over a life that was lived to the fullest. You can RSVP below and the family would be honored if you would sign the guest book. You are also invited to share your stories ahead of time through the video tribute.
Celebration of Life donations may be made in Sylvia’s name to The Childrens Health Fund.
The family wishes to send a special thank you to the kind caregivers at Tall Oaks in Reston, Virginia for their care and compassion.