Phyllis Sirota died in Miami on Oct. 7, at age 88, after a long illness. Born Phyllis Joy Sharron in Philadelphia in 1923, she was raised in Brooklyn, and graduated from James Madison High School and Brooklyn College. In 1942, she married Harry Sirota, whom she met before the war at Camp Mikan, a Jewish Federation summer camp in Arden, NY, and the two moved to Gainesville, FL where she taught elementary school while he underwent training in the Army Air Force. When he shipped out to North Africa, she returned to New York City where, after the war, they started a family, moving to Glen Cove in 1953. Phyllis received her master’s degree in library science from C. W. Post College of Long Island University and worked for many years as a school librarian in the Glen Cove and Bellmore schools.
An avid supporter of the arts, Phyllis Sirota became a charter member of the newly moved Museum of Modern Art while still in high school. She sang alto in the North Country Singers, an amateur choir based in Glen Cove. After her retirement in 1985 she became an active volunteer at the Tanglewood Music Center, spending summers in Otis, MA and winters in Florida.
She is survived by three children; Michael, of Searsmont, Maine, Robert, of New York City, and Dr. Susan Ganz, of Miami Beach, as well as five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.