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Mary Silveira
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Mary Perry Silveira, 85, of Escalon died peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Saturday, June 4 at the Alexander Cohen Hospice House.

Born in San Leandro, California, on Nov. 19, 1925 to Manuel and Angustia Blanco, she was the only daughter of four children. She graduated from Manteca High School. She was a resident of Escalon since the 1940s.

She was employed at Sharpe Army Depot for over 30 years. She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church. She treasured her faith and it was a great source of comfort and strength to her always. Her greatest joy was her family. In addition to her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, Mary was also blessed with a large extended family. She loved the frequent birthday, holiday, and special celebrations the family shared. One of the greatest gifts she shared with those around her was the philosophy that "everything, whether food, family, time, knowledge, or love was better when shared."

Survivors include her children Mary Christina (Mike) King of Sonora, Donna (Jeff) Buche of Chamberlain, South Dakota, and Jim (Jenni) Silveira of Escalon; her brother Angelo (Wally) Blanco; five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Manuel Silveira; her parents Manuel and Angustia Blanco; her brothers Stephen and Tony Blanco; and her sister-in-law Rose Blanco.

Rosary/Mass will be held on Wednesday, June 8 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Escalon; burial will follow at St. John's Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alexander Cohen Hospice House, c/o Community Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356 or to Escalon Ambulance, PO Box 212, Escalon CA 95320.

Arrangements by Deegan Funeral Chapel;

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

June 8, 2011