Sylvia Marie Bostelmann
Sylvia Marie Eliaz- Bostelmann
November 6, 1963 – May 13, 2015
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."- 2 Timothy 4:7
Sylvia Marie Eliaz- Bostelmann, 51, was called home to her heavenly Father on May 13, 2015. Her devotion to her family and unwavering belief in God sustained her throughout her long struggle with cancer, reassured those around her, and ultimately allowed her to pass in peace.
Sylvia was born on November 6, 1963 in Galveston, Texas, to mother, Manuela Eliaz and father, Donaciano Eliaz, who predeceased her. She was raised in a large, loving family and was the fifth of seven children. Sylvia made many life-long friends from her childhood neighborhood, while attending Galveston public schools and Galveston College, while working at K-Mart, and while participating in various school and social organizations. During the course of her life, Sylvia positively influenced the lives of family and friends with her generosity, love, and support. She especially loved the children in her life, and she helped raise and care for nieces, nephews, and many others that she considered family. She was a tireless advocate for individuals with special needs and an awesome mom to her son, Joshua.
Sylvia is survived by her husband, Richard Bostelmann, and her beloved son Joshua Bostelmann, as well as her mother, Manuela Eliaz, her sisters, Marie Eliaz and Sara Moreno and husband Dwayne Moreno; her brothers, Antonio Eliaz and wife Paula Eliaz, John Eliaz and wife Delores Eliaz, Joe Eliaz and wife Carol Caton-Aylward, and Jesse Eliaz and wife Allison Eliaz; in-laws Harold David Bostelmann, Janice Kay Davidson, numerous nieces and nephews, and an “extended family” of individuals, young and old, that she loved without reservation.
Pallbearers are Antonio Eliaz, Joe Eliaz, Dwayne Moreno, Gabriel Eliaz, Anthony Eliaz, and Melvin Senagal. Honorary pallbearers are Liborio Ruiz, Harold David Bostelmann, Elesa Lara, Stephanie Mata, Angela Moreno, and Lilly Eliaz.
The family would like to thank the nurses, doctors, teachers, friends, and family that helped our sister live life to the fullest every day. While too many to mention, a “special thanks” goes to Laura Guerra for her guidance and support, to Marie Eliaz for her constant care of Sylvia, and to Diane Moreno for her musical tribute.
A visitation will be held at St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church in Texas City starting at 5:00 pm on Monday, May 18th, followed by a 6:30 pm Reciting of the Rosary and Eulogy. Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church in Texas City at 10:00 am Tuesday, followed by the Rite of Committal ceremony at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, Texas. A reception will be held at St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal’s Ponzini Hall following the interment.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Galveston – Houston Families Exploring Downs Syndrome.