Sylvia B. Costello

(Bennett, Schop, Leathley)
June 4, 1939 – February 21, 2015
Our world has drastically changed. Our beautiful, caring and generous mother has passed away at age 75 due to complications from pneumonia.
Mom was born at Vancouver General Hospital and spent her entire life in the Vancouver area, with short stints in Oliver, Sidney and Calgary. She is survived by her daughters, Randi Schop Weiss (Larry Koo) and Karen Schop, brother, Bob, sister, Diane and her beloved dog, Willy. She is predeceased by her ex-husband who was her great friend and daughters’ father, Doug Schop in 2011, her son-in-law, Greg Ste. Marie in 2012. She is also predeceased by her mother and father, Dorothy and Donald Anderson, brothers Keith, Steve and Mark.
Mom had many careers, talents and interests throughout her life, her favourite being mother to her daughters (she said so herself), she was a wife several times over (not so much her favourite thing). Mom worked hard for 45 years until her retirement. She was an accounting clerk, secretary, restaurant owner, property manager, lumber mill worker, sales representative, bricklayer, co-owner of Manx Press for many years before becoming a professional caregiver. During all those years, Mom was always a wonderful and creative artist, athlete, wine enthusiast, and an avid news and sports junkie!
Mom always enjoyed lots of laughs and love with those around her. Mom was a good person, but she was not a saint (which was fine by her). She had wonderful life, enjoyed music, dancing, great conversations with interesting people, many impromptu parties just happened (often at her place). Mom lived in the moment with her heart on her sleeve (she wouldn’t have had it any other way). In her later years, she toned down a lot, but still enjoyed chatting over coffee or wine with her daughters or friends, walking, shopping and especially keeping up with her tennis watching, which was her favourite sport.
We will miss mom deeply, especially her daily calls to us. We are so fortunate to both have a treasure trove of memories spent with her, which we will always cherish.
Thank you for the excellent medical care and support provided by the doctors and nurses at Burnaby Hospital.
A private graveside service with be held at Maple Ridge Cemetery.

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  1. Randy, Karen, I am so sorry to read about your mom, I only met her a couple of times a long time ago but your Dad spoke so fondly of all of you. Seems only the other day that you lost your Dad. My deepest sympathies to both of you and your families, Fran
    Do not know if you will remember me my mom was your grandma Jude’s sister, Hazel Clutchey (nee Squires) on your dads side……..and we only met on a couple of occasions, the last I believe was at your Grandma service.

  2. Karen and Randy ,a flood of good memories came to me as I read about your mom-all the good times we had as cousins with Silvie and Auntie Dot and Uncle Don. I am very sorry for the loss of your mom. I will always think of her with fond memories.
    Take care,
    Norm and Janice

  3. To Karen and Randi,

    I am so sorry to hear about Sylvie.
    She was the first woman I met, back in the 60’s, who really lived in the moment. The world caught up with that whole concept just recently! I have wonderful memories of her taking me shopping when I was 13 or so, downtown, and letting me wear her lipstick and high heels. Oh, I loved every moment she had time for me. Sylvie was ten years older, an exotic beautiful cousin that came into my life at the very best time. She taught me to fly on my own, and I have, ever since. Later she taught me how to love my own child well, and unconditionally. Sylvie said to me once, when I get old, I’m going to wear purple and carry a big stick.
    Well, I am old and carrying on her legacy, here in poky Qualicum Bay. Brenda

  4. Tina Duvalko :

    Very late coming to this sad news. I want to say how sorry I am to hear of Aunt Sylvia’s passing. All my love to Karen and Randy and I pray that your sorrows will ease over time.

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