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Sylvia E Kahn Katz
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Birth: Oct. 11, 1914
Kansas City
Jackson County
Missouri, USA
Death: Nov. 19, 2012
Santa Fe
Santa Fe County
New Mexico, USA

SYLVIA E. (KAHN) KATZ

Sylvia E. Katz, 98, passed away Nov. 19, 2012, with loved ones near her side in her Santa Fe, NM, home. She was born in Kansas City to Toby and Rosaline Berlau Kahn. Sylvia described her childhood as idyllic, with an extended family, including 9 first cousins.

Upon the death of her father, Sylvia went to work at 16, driving her mother to sales calls.

For 50 years Sylvia was happily married to Henry J. Katz (1913-1994). Together they ran several successful businesses, including President Garden Drugs. Her last job was with the Kansas City IRS office, where for many years she excelled at tracking down people to whom the government owed money.

After retiring, Sylvia taught literacy classes to children and adults. She also transcribed dozens of books into braille by hand. She moved to Santa Fe in 1998.

Sylvia was defined by her exceptional moral compass. For relatives she was a tireless, loving caregiver and determined advocate. She had a special bond with her deaf sister, Juliet Kahn Hurwitz.

The written word was her passion, especially poetry, history, and biographies. To the end she was a skilled Scrabble, Upwords, and Jumble player. On her 98th birthday her caregiver said: "You are like a walking dictionary."

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law Janet and Geoff Marshall (Santa Fe); son and daughter-in-law Sammy Todd and Jeanne Dale Katz (San Luis Obispo, CA); and nephew T. Alan Hurwitz and his wife Vicki (Washington, D.C.), and their children and grandchildren.

Published in the December 2, 2012 edition of the Kansas City (MO) STAR and, in a slightly modified version, in the November 28, 2012 edition of the Kansas City Jewish Chronicle.


1920 United States Federal Census

Name: Sylvia E Kahn
[Sylvia E Kehn]
Age: 5
Birth Year: abt 1915
Birthplace: Missouri
Home in 1920: Kansas City Ward 14, Jackson, Missouri
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Marital Status: Single
Father's Name: Toby B Kahn
Father's Birthplace: Kansas
Mother's Name: Rosaline Kahn
Mother's Birthplace: Kansas
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Toby B Kahn 35
Rosaline Kahn 26
Sylvia E Kahn 5
Juliet R Kahn 3
[3 11/12]
Nannie N Frazin 17


1930 United States Federal Census

Name: Sylvia C Kahn
Gender: Female
Birth Year: abt 1915
Birthplace: Missouri
Race: White
Home in 1930: Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri
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Marital Status: Single
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Father's Name: Tobias B Kahn
Father's Birthplace: Kansas
Mother's Name: Rosaline Kahn
Mother's Birthplace: Kansas
Household Members: Name Age
Tobias B Kahn 45
Rosaline Kahn 36
Sylvia C Kahn 15
Juliet Kahn 14
Zelma Mckee 33

At some point in the 1930s, Sylvia was married to Earl Schuman of Oklahoma.

1940 United States Federal Census

Name: Sylvia Shuman
Respondent: Yes
Age: 25
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1915
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birthplace: Kansas
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Home in 1940: Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas
Map of Home in 1940: View Map
Street: Clarke
House Number: West
Inferred Residence in 1935: Kansas City, Kansas
Residence in 1935: Kansas City, Kansas
Resident on farm in 1935: No
Sheet Number: 8A
Occupation: Salesgirl
Attended School or College: No
Highest Grade Completed: College, 1st year
Hours Worked Week Prior to Census: 40
Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker in private work
Weeks Worked in 1939: 10
Income: 140
Income Other Sources: No
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Earl Shuman 25
Sylvia Shuman 25
Glenn Mace 25


Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002

Name: Sylvia K Schuman
Age: 30
Birth Date: abt 1914
Marriage Date: 10 Nov 1944 [this was the date of the license; the marriage actually occurred on November 18. T.N.]
Marriage Location: Jackson, Missouri
Marriage County: Jackson
Spouse Name: Henry J Katz
Spouse Age: 31
Spouse Birth Date: abt 1913

[To see the marriage license application/certificate, visit this website. Henry was living at 412 E 71st Terrace in Kansas City at the time. Sylvia was living at 1907 Linwood Blvd. in Kansas City but that abode no longer exists.]

Social Security Death Index

Name: Sylvia E Katz
Born: 11 Oct 1914
Died: 19 Nov 2012
State (Year) SSN issued: Missouri (Before 1951)
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U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989

Name: Earl Schuman
Gender: M (Male)
Residence Year: 1949
Street Address: 2801 Frazier
Residence Place: Fort Worth, Texas
Occupation: Musician
Spouse: Frances Schuman
Publication Title: Fort Worth, Texas, City Directory, 1949


U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989

Name: Karl[sic;Earl] Schuman
Gender: M (Male)
Residence Year: 1952
Street Address: 2801 Frazler
Residence Place: Fort Worth, Texas
Occupation: Music Tchr
Spouse: Frances Schuman
Publication Title: Fort Worth, Texas, City Directory, 1952



Social Security Death Index

Name: Frances Schuman [Earl's other wife?]
SSN: 461-09-3805
Last Residence: 76132 Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas, United States of America
Born: 12 May 1905
Last Benefit: 76104 Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas, United States of America
Died: Dec 1980
State (Year) SSN issued: Texas (Before 1951) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Tobias B Kahn (1884 - 1932)
  Rosaline Berlau Kahn (1894 - 1977)
 
 Spouses:
  Earl Schuman (1915 - 1973)
  Henry J Katz (1913 - 1994)
 
 Sibling:
  Sylvia E Kahn Katz (1914 - 2012)
  Juliette Ruth Kahn Hurwitz (1916 - 1991)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Unknown
 
Created by: Tom Nelson
Record added: Dec 03, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 101657671
 

 
 
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