Sylvia Ziskind Graditor
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Sylvia Ziskind Graditor

GRADITOR: Sylvia Ziskind Graditor, 101.5 years young, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, died of natural causes on April 6, 2022. Sylvia was born on Oct. 22, 1920, to Louise and Henry Ziskind of McKeesport and Brownsville. After graduating from high school in Brownsville, she went on to study at Carnegie Mellon University, a rarity for women of that era. In 1942, she met Jesse Guttman, and they wed in 1943, going on to have two children, first Steven and later Jack. Sylvia had a thirst for life that undoubtedly helped to propel her into her second century without significant health issues. She was a voracious reader, consuming multiple books per month and loved a good television series. She loved to travel and voyaged all around the world during her 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, collecting all sorts of interesting antiquities. She was a passionate golfer, playing until her shoulder prevented it well into her 80s. She was a fiercely independent woman, and chose to remain single for the last 40 years of her life, after her second husband passed, so as not to be slowed down again. She collected lifelong friends in the various communities where she lived, and she never shied away from sharing her (typically strong) opinion — whether to family or friends. It was rare to spend time with Sylvia without getting a piece of her mind, and yet this was a quality for which she was most loved. Sylvia was predeceased by Jesse Guttman in 1969, by her second husband, Milton Graditor, in 1980, and by two sisters, Goldie in 2016 and Charlotte in 2017. She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law: Steve and Kathy Guttman of Miami and Jack Guttman of Boca Raton; four adoring grandchildren: Josh Guttman, Jordan Rosner, Lauren Ravitz, Lindsay Guttman; and eight great-grandchildren: Zach, Nathan, Chloe, Sydney, Isabella, Noa, Lillian and Asa, all of whom cherished their extended time with her. Services and interment private. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., family owned and operated. schugar.com PJC

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