SEARSMONT – Phyllis Sirota, 88, died Oct. 7, 2012, in Miami, after a long illness. Born Phyllis Joy Sharron in Philadelphia in 1923, she was raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., and graduated from Brooklyn College.
In 1942 she married Harry Sirota, whom she met before the war at Camp Mikan, a Jewish Federation summer camp in Arden, N.Y., and the two moved to Gainesville, Fla., where she taught elementary school while he underwent training in the Army Air Force. After the war, they started a family, moving to Glen Cove, N.Y., in 1953. A strong and independent woman, Phyllis had a long career as a school librarian in the Glen Cove and Bellmore, N.Y., schools after receiving her master’s degree in library science from C. W. Post College. An avid supporter of the arts, Phyllis became a charter member of the new Museum of Modern Art while still in high school. She sang alto in the North Country Singers, an amateur choir based in Glen Cove, N.Y. After her retirement in 1985 she became an active volunteer at the Tanglewood Music Center, spending summers in Otis, Mass., and winters in Florida. She often visited her sons in Searsmont, and attended more than 20 annual Thanksgiving family celebrations there.
She was buried Oct. 11 in Woodbridge, N.J., next to Harry, her beloved husband of 45 years; her mother, Bessie Sharron; her brother, Robert Benson; and her sister, Lorna. She is survived by three children, Michael of Searsmont, Robert of New York City and Dr. Susan Ganz of Miami Beach, Fla.; and by five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.