2017-08-03 / Obituaries

Fred Silva

Fred James Silva passed away and was greeted in Heaven by his Lord and Savior on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at the age of 91.

Fred was born to John Freitas Silva and Mary Isabel (De Neves) Silva on Jan. 19, 1926 in Planada, Calif. He grew up with six other siblings, him being the seventh and youngest.

The family resided in Cathey’s Valley, Mt. Bullion and later moved to Merced. He was drafted into the army at the age of 18 and served in World War II.

He loved to hunt, fish, camp and go golfing with his son, Freddie, and his buddies from Borden’s/Foremost, where he worked for 31 years.

He met the love of his life Susan Margaret (Moe) Silva at Farnesi’s Restaurant in Chowchilla, where she worked as a waitress; they were both set up on a blind date and were married a year later. They were married for 62 wonderful years. Together they raised four children.

Fred is preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Silva; six siblings, Alexander Mattos, Arthur Mattos, John Silva, Evelyn Stinnett, Adeline Montgomery, and Ethel Adrian.

Fred is survived by his wife, Susan Silva; four children, Debbie Southerland, Cindy Rich, Fred, Silva Jr. (wife Marta) and Susie Parker, (husband Kord); eight grandchildren, Cathy Breinig, Glenda Brower, Tommy Franklin, Michelle Vallejo, Christine Rich, Jody Rich II, Krystal Parker-Thatcher and Chad Parker; 11 great grandchildren, Dustin and Devon Breinig, Dalton Talbot- Brower, Khily and Khiera Brower, Thomas Franklin II and Wyatt Franklin, Emily and Jessica Vallejo, Braxten and Jaxsen Thatcher; and two great-great-grandchildren, Diesel Breinig and Jody Rich III.

A celebration of life will be held at the Lushmeadows Club House, 5979 Meadow Lane, Mariposa on Aug. 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event will be a pot luck, please bring your favorite dish (main, side or dessert).


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Rest in peace daddy. I loved

Rest in peace daddy. I loved very much. You and mom made me feel like one of kids since I was 5 years old. Thank you for your love and guidance. You will be greatly missed.

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