THE VILLAGES, Fla. — Leonard Anthony Silvestri, 83, of The Villages, passed away at home on April 25, 2014, with his family by his side.
He was born in Jessup to the late George Silvestri and Catherine Garaventa Silvestri on Aug. 14, 1930. Len graduated from Blakely High School in 1949, where he was a member of the Blakely Bears football team, winners of the conference championships in 1947 and 1948. Len was granted a football scholarship to the University of Scranton, where he graduated in 1953 with a degree in political science.
Upon graduation he entered the U.S. Marine Corps, where he attended officers candidate school and was commissioned, achieving the rank of first lieutenant.
He married Gisele on May 7, 1955, and, upon his discharge in 1956, embarked on his career with Exxon Corporation in New York City, becoming the service manager for their heating department in the city's five boroughs. In 1971 he returned to Pennsylvania, and in Clarks Summit he launched his business, Solar Heating & Air Conditioning. He was known throughout the community for his ethical business practices and the quality of his work.
Len retired in 2001 and he and Gisele moved to The Villages, where he developed a passion for golf, dancing, reading and following his beloved Penn State football team.
Len is survived by his wife, Gisele; his daughter, Nina Lewis and her husband, Scott, grandchildren, Greg and Sarah, all of Ellicott City, Maryland; his son, Leonard Silvestri Jr. and his wife, Victoria Mori, of Glenburn, grandchildren, Jasmine, Philadelphia, Taylor, Burlington, Vermont, and Olivia, Red Bank, New Jersey; brothers, Herbert Silvestri, Dewitt, New York, George Silvestri Jr., Souderton; sister, Mary Lou Stango, Wernersville, Pennsylvania; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Snows Catholic Church, State Street, Clarks Summit. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Private interment will be at St. Mary's Assumption Cemetery, Montdale.
Memorial contributions can be made to Conerstone Hospice Foundation, 2445 Park Lane Road, Tavares, FL 32778.