Palma Santora-Silva(1949 - 2013)

Santora-Silva, Palma

Palma Santora-Silva, 64, a former resident of Hastings-On-Hudson, slipped peacefully into eternal life on Monday, July 8 after a long fight with cancer. Palma was born on March 24, 1949 to Ulaine and Arthur Santoro. Palma spent most of her young life surrounded by family and exploring her abilities as an artist, teacher, and therapist. She received a Master's degree in Art Therapy. She always put her soul and spirit into all her work. She was a Kindergarten teacher at Queens Daughters Day Care for 17 years, working closely with her mother, Ulaine, as her assistant. Immediately after, she began her work as a recreational therapist at the Geriatric Day Program of Saint Joseph Medical Center in Yonkers. There, her talent and creativity made a difference in so many people's lives for over 25 years. In 1992, she gave birth to her son, Anthony, who has always been her pride and joy. In 2009, she was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer and has been a strong, resilient fighter for the past four years. The love for her son enabled her to battle her illness with strength and courage. She put up an amazing fight and her dignity has been a privilege and inspiration for all to see. She will truly be missed and never forgotten. Friends may call at the Sinatra Memorial Home, 601 Yonkers Ave. on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Funeral mass at St. Anthony Church (Nepera Park) on Friday at 10 AM. Committal service Woodlawn Chapel.


Published in the The Journal News on July 10, 2013