In Loving Memory of Emil J. Silvi, Jr.
Emil J. Silvi, Jr.Dunmore, PA March 19, 1937 ~ February 19, 2016 Date of Service: February 23, 2016
Emil J. Silvi Jr., 78, of Dunmore, passed away Friday at home surrounded by his loving wife and family, after a courageous and well-fought battle against cancer. He and his wife, the former Mary Verrastro, were married on June 9, 1962, and would have celebrated 54 years of marriage this spring.
Born in Dunmore, son of the late Emil Sr. and Mary Surray Silvi, he was a graduate of Dunmore High School, class of 1955, and was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish. He served proudly as a first sergeant in the Army for many years, and also served in the Army Reserve with the 365th Engineers stationed at the Colfax Avenue Army Reserve Center.
Emil was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and "Uncle Junior" to his nieces and nephews. He was always ready to lend a hand to anyone in need of help, and could repair anything from an automobile to the kitchen sink, as well as remodel an entire house and landscape property, which he did on his own home. A man of many interests, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, long-range shooting and traveling across the world. He was a member of Pocono Mountain Street Rods, and was a proud owner of a 1934 Ford pickup, which he took to many car shows.
In addition to his wife, Mary, he is also survived by two sons, Emil John Silvi III and companion, Michele Toy; and Eric James Silvi and wife, Kerry; four grandchildren, Erika Lynne, Emily Pamela, John Francis and Dominic Emil; as well as Ms. Dawn Lynne Silvi, the mother of his granddaughters; two sisters, Irene Gambo and husband, Angelo; and Constance Rosar and husband, Robert; an aunt, Sara Martinelli; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Frank and Patricia Ann Pigga and Carl and Kathy Schuster; and many beloved nieces and nephews and extended family members.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Edwin T. Silvi.
Emil's family would like to acknowledge and thank the nurses, staff and aides from Traditional Home Health and Hospice for all of the compassionate care, as well as Dr. Michael J. Fox, Dr. Paula Ronjon and her staff from the Henry Cancer Center at Geisinger Wyoming Valley, the nursing staff at Ancillary Hematology Oncology Center also at Geisinger Wyoming Valley in Wilkes-Barre, and all of the doctors involved in his many years of care while dealing with his cancer.
The funeral will be Tuesday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in the St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Chestnut Street, Dunmore. Interment to follow in St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow.
Friends may call Monday from 4 to 7 p.m.
Contributions in Emil's memory may be made to Traditional Home Health and Hospice, 113 W. Drinker St., Dunmore, PA 18512.