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George Paul Silveira San Rafael, CA April 16, 1920 - March 25, 2013 The first-born son of Antonio and Mary Silveira entered into eternal life March 25 after a lengthy illness. George leaves behind his devoted wife Alice (Egisti) of 71 years, his three children, Judy (and Sam) Ross of Novato, Janet (and Santiago) Sosa of Santa Rosa, Kevin (and Rose) Silveira of Madison, WI. He was a proud "Papa" to his five grandchildren: Christopher (and Susan) Ross, Stephen (and Sarah) Ross, Andre Silveira, Dominic Silveira, and Ruth Sosa. George is also survived by his sister, Jean (and Leo) O'Donnell of San Rafael, sister-in-law Lorraine Silveira of San Rafael, nieces Susan Egisti, Renee Silveira, Janice (O'Donnell) Hall, and nephews Robert Egisti, Mark Cordeiro, Robert O'Donnell, and Greg O'Donnell. Born and raised on the Miller Ranch (now Marinwood), he moved to his father's dairy ranch at the age of 15 once the family homestead was built. When his father died in a ranch accident, 16 year old George lovingly deferred high school for two years to run the farm for his mother and six young siblings. He received his education in the one room Old Dixie Schoolhouse and San Rafael High School. Then, as with most young men of his age, he traded in the joys of youth for the carnage of World War II. George served in the Italian Campaign. He was later awarded a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and other citations. After his service, he came back to the family business. Then in the early 1960's, he took the position as farm manager for St. Vincent's School for Boys and remained there until his retirement. Throughout his entire adult life, George had a strong work ethic and a very gregarious personality. He enjoyed being with his family, friends, and his flying buddies once he got his private pilot's license. He was active in many civic organizations including the Native Sons of the Golden West, VFW and DAV. But perhaps closest to his heart was his involvement and association with the soldiers of the 361st Infantry Regiment, 91st Division, that he fought with to defend our country. Their comradeship was renewed every time he attended one of their many reunions. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 woundedwarriorproject.org or St. Vincent de Paul Society or . Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:30 AM, Wednesday April 10 at St. Isabella Catholic Church, 1 Trinity Lane (off Freitas Parkway and Las Pavadas) in San Rafael. George's remains will be interred at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery. Services entrusted to Monte's Chapel of the Hills, San Anselmo 415.453-8440
Published in Marin Independent Journal on Apr. 7, 2013
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