John Silvasi Sr., 97, died on Tuesday. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret.
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John had been a resident of Broomall Rehabilitation and Nursing Center for the past year and a half. He was born in Freeland where he attended the Mining and Mechanical Institute for high school, and then graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. He served in the Army during World War II and saw combat in Italy and Germany. He worked for many years as a test chemist at DuPont's Marshall Lab in Philadelphia. For many years, he was an usher at St. Bernadette Church in Drexel Hill. He served up to the time of his death as a member of the board of directors of the Christian C. Sanderson Museum in Chadds Ford.
His passions were painting, mostly watercolors, and classical music. He learned to play violin as a child, and taught himself to play cello later in life.
He is survived by his son, John, and wife, Katharine; son-in-law, Peter Cake; and grandchildren, Gabriel Silvasi, Laura Soule and husband, Owen; Daniel and Sean Cake.
He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Anne Marie Cake; three sisters; and two brothers.
Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral Saturday at 9 a.m. at St. Bernadette of Lourdes Church, 1035 Turner Ave., Drexel Hill, Funeral Mass will follow at 10. Interment, Old St. John Cemetery, Freeland.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Bernadette of Lourdes or the Christian C. Sanderson Museum, Chadds Ford.
Published in Scranton Times on November 16, 2012