Sylvia L. Katcef
Sylvia L. Katcef

January 5, 1917 - June 28, 2017
Born in Baltimore, MD
Resided in Annapolis, MD
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Sylvia L. Katcef, 100, a long-time resident of Annapolis, passed away June 28, 2017 at Hospice of the Chesapeake. Sylvia was a devoted and loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, sister and aunt.
Sylvia was born on January 5, 1917 in Baltimore, Maryland to Anna (nee Rifkowtiz) and Julius Fiddle. She was one of seven children. Her mother died when she was 11 leaving her to help with raising her younger siblings.
Sylvia was a bookkeeper for 17 years in the catalogue department at Montgomery Wards in Baltimore before marrying Joseph Katcef and moving to Annapolis in 1949. Joseph Katcef preceded her in death in 1999.
The couple had a son, William Matthew (Bill) and a daughter, Ann Sara, both of Annapolis.
Sylvia managed the books for her husband’s package goods store, West End Tavern in Annapolis and, later, her daughter’s advertising agency/public relations firm, Katcef Associates, also in Annapolis.
Sylvia was a very active and long-time member of Kneseth Israel synagogue in Annapolis where she served on the board and was a president of the Sisterhood. She also helped with managing the synagogue’s gift store and kitchen.
Sylvia was also an active member of National Council of Jewish Women and Hadassah.
She was an enthusiastic mah jong player who participated in a regular game with friends for over 40 years.
Sylvia is survived by her son, Bill and daughter, Ann; daughter-in-law Susan (nee Kopen) and grandson, Phillip; her sisters Minnie Cohen of Delray Beach, Florida and Annette Zimmerman of Boynton Beach, Florida and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Fannie Fiddle, Rose Blumberg, Blanche Miller and Morris Fiddle.
Funeral services will be held Friday, June 30 at 11am at Kneseth Israel Synagogue, 1125 Spa Road, Annapolis. Internment will take place at Kneseth Israel Cemetery, 101 Defense Highway, Annapolis, Maryland.
The family will be in mourning through Monday, July 3 at the home of Bill Katcef in Annapolis.
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to The Albert Family Aleph Bet Jewish Day School, 1125 Spa Road, Annapolis, MD 21403 or Kneseth Israel Synagogue, 1125 Spa Road, Annapolis, MD 21403.




Congregation Kneseth Isreal
1125 Spa Road
Annapolis, MD US 21401
Friday, June 30, 2017
11:00 AM
Kneseth Israel Cemetery
101 Defense Highway
Annapolis, MD US 21401
Friday, June 30, 2017