Sylvia Rosario (Snow)
COMM. SYLVIA ELOINE ROSARIO, M.ED., LMFT
Sylvia E. Rosario was born in Boston, MA in 1936 to Elaine Dulcenia Gomes and Julius W. Snow, and raised by her mother and loving stepfather Joseph Alfred Firmin. She was a driven, ambitious, knowledgeable and well-traveled woman who pursued her career, while raising her three daughters.
After attending Girls High School in Boston, Sylvia “Sugie” Snow graduated from secretarial school and began working at the Army Corps of Engineers and then as a legal secretary. When she met and married the late Joseph J. Rosario, Jr. (Retired Capt. USA) of New Bedford, MA, they had three daughters: Andrea Maria, 59; Dana Angelle (deceased); and Lita Teresa, 56. She traveled with her husband to France (where she bore her first two daughters), Germany and across the USA.
In the 1970’s she began a career in education as a college counselor and administrator. She then worked for the MA Dept. of Ed., Civil Rights Division administering contracts for Title VII and IX Funded Programs. She also provided Race-Relations Training Workshops for Newton Public Schools. In 1979, she graduated from Antioch University (Cambridge College) with an M.Ed., studying psychology.
In 1984, she moved to Washington, DC and became an entrepreneur, owning a hair salon and an antiques and collectibles business. Later on she found her true calling, clinical psychology, and became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her private practice blossomed, and in 2012 at age 77, she was appointed by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray as a Commissioner of the Board of Marriage and Family Therapy. In 2013, she became the Vice-Chair of the Board and in 2017, Mayor Muriel Brower re-appointed her as a Commissioner.
In 2013, she was selected as a Collaborating Investigator for the American Psychiatric Association's DSM-5 Field Study. She was a member of The American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy, The Association of Black Psychologists, The International Association of Marriage & Family Therapy, the American Counseling Association, and the International Society for Mental Health Online.
She is survived by her two daughters, Andrea and Lita, her three grandchildren, Andre Dwayne, 30; Andrew Keith, 28; and Lita Angelle, 23, her beloved sisters, Marie and Paula, and nephews Tyrone, Wallace, Rahim and Imam and great nieces and nephews. She is also survived by three stepsons, Frank, John, and Antone. She leaves many first cousins (who are like sisters and brothers), William, Barbara, Claudia, Melva, Jeanne, Richard, Laurie, Melvin and Wendy and their beautiful children and grandchildren all of whom she loved dearly.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, from 4-6pm, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church 155 Humboldt Ave, Dorchester, MA and immediately thereafter from 6-9pm at The Museum of the National Center for Afro-American Artists (300 Walnut Ave, Roxbury, MA) for “A Celebration of Life Program.”
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 5, 2018,viewing 10:00 am funeral services at 11:00 am, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church 155 Humboldt Ave., Dorchester, MA. Interment St. Michael Cemetery, Boston, MA.
Repass immediately following the Interment, at 135 Martin Luther King Blvd., Roxbury, MA.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Riley-Antoine Funeral Home