Sylvia M. Karet (nee Mandel) passed away from complications of a fall on January 20, 2013 at the venerable age of 99 and half. She was born on August 9, 1913. She was a lady before her time. Most girls of her generation, born to immigrants as first generation Americans, were not sent for higher education.
Sylvia M. Karet (nee Mandel) passed away from complications of a fall on January 20, 2013 at the venerable age of 99 and half. She was born on August 9, 1913. She was a lady before her time. Most girls of her generation, born to immigrants as first generation Americans, were not sent for higher education. Although she only spoke Yiddish until she entered grade school, she was academically talented. She graduated from the Philadelphia High School for Girls and went on to college at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received a B.A., and an M.S. in social work. She was married to Edward Karet, Esq. for 62 years before he died in 2001. After having two children, Toby (Eisenstein) and Julia, she returned to school to earn an M.S. in Library Science from Drexel. She began a full-time career as a high school librarian in the Philadelphia school system. Her first position was at Thomas Edison High School, followed by a transfer to the Philadelphia High School for Girls. When the new Northeast High School opened, she became the Head Librarian, and worked there until she retired in 1979 . Sylvia was an independent, intelligent woman, who was interested in art, the theater, classical music, politics and parades. She loved travel, and with Ed went to Japan, Hong Kong, Africa and Russia before most Americans were venturing that far. She was an avid reader. After moving from Northeast Philadelphia to center city, she frequented the Rittenhouse Square library on a weekly basis. Until a year ago she regularly attended classes at Temple Association for Retired People (now OLLI). In middle age, she and Ed took up swimming for health and exercise. At the age of 97, she was still swimming half a mile, 5 days a week. Until Thanksgiving of this year she was living independently in an apartment in center city. She is survived by her daughters and her sons-in-law (Bruce Eisenstein and Dan Ward), by 6 grandchildren (Eric Eisenstein, Andrew Eisenstein, Ilana Eisenstein, Dylan Ward-Karet, Jesse Ward-Karet and Maya Ward Karet) and by 10 great-grandchildren. Contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice
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