Obituary of Bernard Silveria, Sr.
Bernard “Bernie” J. Silveria Sr, 90, of Greenacres, FL and So. Thomaston, ME, died Sunday, February 12, 2017, surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness. Born in Lowell, MA on April 10, 1926, son of the late Manuel B. and Anna M (Cooke) Silveria. He was the husband of Jewell (Stone) Silveria who survives him.
He proudly served in the US Navy during WWII from March 1942 to December 1946. He was a gunner’s mate aboard the BB59 USS Massachusetts. He worked in the automotive business for many years and retired as the Vice President of Fiat Motors of N.A., Inc. in 1988. Bernie was a member of the Elks, VFW, American Legion, Lions Club, Rotary International and the Veterans of Underage Military Service. He was also a former Board of Director member of the USS Massachusetts Memorial Committee.
Bernie is survived by his children; Ann & Brian Boucher of MA, Bernard Jr. and Susan of NH, Gail & Robert Thomas of OH, Michael & Dorina of HI, Joani of CA, Daniel & Paula of NH, Kathleen Ferrara-Christman of NJ; and their mother Claire (Desroches) Silveria of MA, 17 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren; step-daughters, Cheryl Waite and Lynne Stone of ME; and their families, many nieces & nephews, brother to Janet Panchyrz of FL, brother-in-law to Jean Silveria of MA, Jeannette Thompson, Barbara & Donald Simpson, Gary & Sandra Hyvarinen of ME, and many dear friends. He was the brother of the late Harry F. & Mary Silveria, Katherine (Kay) & Leopold Stec, Viola(Vi) Herrick, Manuel B. Silveria and great-grandfather of Alex Huppe.
The family would also like to give special thanks to Dr. Mark Meyer, Hudson St. Louis, RN, Dawn Smith, RN, BSN, Nicole Starace, RN, the staff on 3E at Wellington Regional Medical Center and the MCCI staff at Greenacres.
Donations may be made in his name to: Friends of the National WWII Memorial Inc (www.wwiimemorialfriends.org), Alzheimer’s Association (Alz.org) or charity of your choice.
A military funeral service will be held on April 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the S. Florida National Veterans Cemetery in Lake Worth, FL; 6501 N State Rd 7., Lake Worth, FL 33449. A Celebration of Life will be held after the ceremony in Florida, and later this summer in Massachusetts.
In lieu of any floral arrangements, the family is requesting that donations be made in Bernard's name.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted into the care of the Lakeside Memorial Chapel Family, 6427 Lake Worth Road, Greenacres, FL. 33463