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Manuel F. Silva

December 19, 1927 ~ June 22, 2008 (age 80)
Manuel F. Silva
Springfield – Manuel F. Silva, 80, died Sunday June 22nd in Springfield.  He was born in Ludlow, December 19, 1927 to Francisco and Elvira (Martins) Silva.  He was one of five children and leaves his sister DioLinda Fish of Springfield.  He was predeceased by his three brothers, Fermino, John and Ermindo.  Manuel was a communicant of St. Catherine of Siena Church.  He was both an Navy and Army veteran who served in World War II and the Korean War.  Manuel worked for Uniroyal Tire Co in Chicopee for 33 years traveling to Turkey, Belgium and Holland opening up factories.  After retiring he was employed by Plastic Packaging for 10 years and later worked for East Springfield Flower Shop where he enjoyed delivering flowers.  Manuel was very active in his church community of St. Matthew’s serving as Eucharistic Minister, Parish Council Member, Bingo Committee and Catholic Stewardship Appeal.  He took part in all church functions including the Pius Award and other fund raiser dinners.  He was active in youth sports and especially enjoyed coaching his son’s soccer teams.  Manuel always loved spending quality time with his family camping and fishing on the Rhode Island shores.  He truly enjoyed dinning out with friends and relatives.  He leaves behind his adoring wife of 50 years, Miriam (DiLiberto) Silva, his children, Vincent of Springfield, Joy McDowell and her husband Joseph of Springfield, Patty Leyden and her husband Edward of Southwick, Regina Zebrowski and her husband John of Ludlow and Manuel, Jr. of Springfield.  He was predeceased by his son Thomas. He leaves five loving grandchildren, Thomas Silva, Ryan and Anthony McDowell, Jordan Elizabeth Silva and Gabrielle Zebrowski.  His children will always be grateful for the values he instilled in them and his unending love and support.  Manuel’s funeral will be on Thursday, June 26, 2008 from the Ratell Funeral Home 200 Main St., Indian Orchard at 10:30 a.m., followed by the Liturgy of Christian Burial in St. Catherine of Siena Church 1023 Parker St., Springfield at 11:30 a.m.  Burial will follow in the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Agawam.  Calling hours are on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. For Guest Book visit
Ratell Funeral Home(413) 543-3836

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