Obituary: Sylvia Ann Wygoda, 67

Obituary: Sylvia Ann Wygoda, 67

Sylvia Wygoda
Sylvia Wygoda

Sylvia Ann Wygoda, 67, of Soddy Daisy, Tenn., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, at her home after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Sylvia was a member of B’nai Zion and Mizpah congregations in Chattanooga.

She was the director of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Legion of Honor Award Program, creator of the Chattanooga-Hamilton Country Memorial Peace Gardens Project, and on the board of trustees of the National Medal of Honor Museum of Military History in Chattanooga.

She was the founding executive director of the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, the director of the “Anne Frank in the World” exhibit, and the director of the Thomas B. Murphy Holocaust Teacher Training and Resource Center in Atlanta.

Sylvia was the executive producer and director of the award-winning video “Prejudice and Hate: Georgians and the Holocaust.”

She received the Distinguished Community Service Award from Chabad of Cobb. She was a nominee for the Atlanta Woman of the Year. She received the Distinguished Service Award for Holocaust Education from the Anne Frank Center USA, as well as the Chapel of the Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award from its foundation in Philadelphia and the Anti-Defamation League Unsung Hero Award in Cobb County.

Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents, Hermann and Rae Wygoda, and grandparents, Sam and Ester Raider and Maier and Channa Wygoda.

Survivors include sister Lois (Michael) Klezmer of Santa Fe, N.M.; brother Mark (Linda) Wygoda of Lake Charles, La.; nieces Deborah (Ann Reuland) Klezmer and Jennifer (Kevin) Israel; and nephew Daniel Wygoda.

Funeral services will be held at B’nai Zion Congregation, 114 McBrien Road, Chattanooga, at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7. Burial will follow at Mizpah Congregation Cemetery, 866 E. Third St.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Development Office, Anne Frank Center USA, 44 Park Place, New York, NY 10007. Arrangements by Hamilton Funeral Home, 423-531-3975.


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