In Memory of






Obituary for Sylvia M.J. Bullock, DMD (Fondberg)

Sylvia Märta Josefine (Fondberg) Bullock, DMD of Needham, MA and formerly Wellesley, MA, passed away suddenly with family by her side on December 25, 2023.  Sylvia was born in Stockholm, Sweden on October 29, 1938, the daughter of Torvald and Märta Fondberg.

Sylvia graduated from Tandläkarhögskolan dental school in Stockholm before embarking on a career in dentistry. It was through her profession that Sylvia met the love of her life, Charles T. Bullock DMD of Wakefield, Rhode Island, at the FDI World Dental Congress in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1966. They were married in 1967 in Stockholm, where they settled to both practice dentistry. In 1974, Sylvia and Charles moved with their young family to Wellesley, where they were long-time residents and owned a successful dental practice until the mid-1990s.

Sylvia had a thirst for life and was at her happiest spending time with family and friends. She had a love of reading, photography, travel, art, gardening, fine food, and spending time on the coast.

Sylvia also maintained a strong connection with her Swedish heritage throughout her time in the Boston area, making annual summer visits to Stockholm for many years. She was also actively engaged in numerous Swedish activities in the Boston area across several decades, including book clubs, co-writing a Swedish newsletter, leading the local Swedish school and active participation in local Swedish organizations and events.

Sylvia spent the last years of her life as an active and cherished resident of North Hill in Needham.

Sylvia is predeceased by her loving husband, Charles, who passed away in 1998. Sylvia leaves her daughter and son, their spouses, and 4 grandchildren: Marie and Michael Lynch of Wellesley, (Michael and Julia); Thomas and Nora Bullock of London, United Kingdom (Stella and Marco). She is also survived by her brother, Rune Fondberg of Stockholm, sister-in-law Ann-Marie Fondberg of Stockholm, sister-in-law Elizabeth Moy of Somerville, MA and relatives in Stockholm and California.

Sylvia will be deeply missed by family and friends who were fortunate to experience her love, warmth, generosity and youthful vigor.

The family thanks the wonderful residents and staff of the North Hill community for their friendship, kindness and support, which made her 7 years there so special.

Funeral services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made by donations to UNICEF.

“Somewhere within us we are always together”
Arioso, Erik Lindegren (translation from Swedish)