Sylvia Beverly Coffaro
Sylvia Beverly Coffaro
  • April 13, 1934 - July 23, 2017
  • Longwood, Florida

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Sylvia Beverly Coffaro, age 83 of Longwood, Florida passed away on Sunday July 23, 2017. Born April 13, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois to Norwegian immigrants (the late Elias and Annamore Johnsen). She was proud of the fact that her parents traveled to America during the Great Depression and were able to acclimate to the culture while instilling strong faith based values in her. She later moved to the Central Florida area where she lived out the remainder of her life.

Sylvia was a dedicated Emergency Room Registered Nurse at Waterman Memorial Hospital where she was known by her peers as “Sly” for her creative ways of working through challenging situations. She loved to travel to see the world and her greatest travel to date was to be a European Cruise that was to take place in September with one of her dearest friends.

She valued and cherished her family. She was extremely proud off all of them and spent countless hours sharing stories with anyone who would listen. She was most proud of the fact that she was personally able to be in the delivery room of each of her grandchildren’s births. As her children grew the Church became an increasingly important part of her life. Sylvia often referred to fellow members of The First Baptist Orlando as her “Church Family.” It was here that she discovered that she possessed the ability to touch others through worship services and volunteering to help others. As she returned to the Lord she was blessed to have two families that loved her without limits.

In the difficult times, Sylvia relied heavily on her strong faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She expressed in her last days that if somehow her passing served as a way of bringing anyone to Jesus, it would be one of the greatest honors of her life.

Sylvia is survived by her loving children Robert (Patricia) Coffaro, Rebecca Coffaro, Bonnie Coffaro Giroux, Philip Coffaro, Patricia Coffaro Hutcheson, Suzette (Mark) Williamson, Angie(Brenden) Rendo, John (Stephanie) Coffaro, and Alice Robison. She is also survived by her four legged little girl Sassy and “Her Church Family” at the First Baptist Church Orlando”. In her passing she has been reunited with her little boy William Coffaro.

Her surviving grandchildren are Rachel, Christine, Jaime, Christina, Philip II, Chance, Taylor, Hannah, Brenden, Jillian, Jordan, Conner, Danielle, Joshua, Joel. Great grandchildren Ariel, Grace, Jordan, Clay, Gabriel, Eve, and Vera. She was also reunited with two of her grandchildren Sherri and Cole taken far too soon.

One of Sylvia’s last travel experiences was one of her many 16 hour “non-stop” drives to Chicago to say goodbye to her big sister Lillian Ann Mason who passed in December of 2016.

Family and Friends wishing to honor the life of Sylvia are welcomed to join together Friday, July 28th from 10:00 - 11:30 AM at the First Baptist Church Orlando in Henry Chapel - 3000 S John Young Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32805. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those wishing to pay their respects do so by fulfilling one of her final requests, to reach out to others that you may have drifted away from and bring them back into your lives.