Sylvia Violet Maurer, age 86, passed away peacefully on Wednesday June 20, 2018. She was born March 5,1932 in Waukee, Iowa to John and Barbara Kruzick.
She is survived by her older brother, Louis Kruzick and her loving daughter Lori Maurer and son in law Robert Francis; also her nieces Kelly Kruzick, Pat Cameron Loyd, Lynn Yokel and Janet Stebbins.
After graduating from East High School in Iowa, where she was very involved in everything from singing, cheerleading and performing, Sylvia, at age 19, moved to the Visitacion Valley district of San Francisco to live with her aunt and uncle Victor and Emma Castelli where she came to find her voice and with time she became Sylvia Gaylord the entertainer. During this time she worked as a clerk-typist at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard were she got her start singing and entertaining for many naval events. She participated in and was one of the runners up for the Miss San Francisco Beauty Pageant which exposed her to many new faces around town.
Sylvia was a gifted singer who loved the music business and the men and women she performed with. She was a beautiful presence on and off stage and worked hard at her career, she gave it her all. She sang on the Merv Griffin show, Harrahs South Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas and Reno supper clubs, the Desert Inn, Flamingo Hotel, the Tonga Room, the Columbus day parade every year, major cruise lines and for many conventions and weddings in the popular hotels and haunts around town. She loved the night life and the excitement of the music; she was loved everywhere she went and by all in the business; she worked in the music industry until her 60’s.
Through her life, Sylvia was a devoted mother, she loved her daughter Lori, nieces Kelly, Pat, Lynn and Janet. Her soul was sweet and she was only kind; she wanted the best for everybody. She volunteered with Lighthouse for the Blind, worked at Little Sisters of the Poor and sang at the Jewish home with Sam Stern to help entertain the residents and make them smile. Additionally, Sylvia deeply loved her brother Lou, when they were young, he played the accordion and she sang; together they were quite a team. Lou, along with her daughter, was her pride and joy.
The family would like to invite all who Sylvia touched to a Funeral Mass which will be celebrated July 3, 2018 at 10:30 at St. Brendan Church, 29 Rockway Avenue at Ulloa Street, San Francisco. Entombment will follow at the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 1500 Mission Road, Colma.