Joan M. Silva

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September 6, 1941 ~ August 12, 2022

Born in: San Jose , California
Resided in: Fremont, California

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Joan Marie Silva on August 12, 2022 in Fremont, CA.  She was born on September 16, 1941 in San Jose, CA to Joseph and Eleanor Silva. Joan was raised on her family’s dairy farm in Fremont where she attended Centerville School and Washington High School, Class of ‘59.

After graduating from High School, Joan joined the Sisters of the Holy Family and served as a nun for 30 years. As part of her work, she enjoyed teaching Catechism to children in the many cities where she lived. During her years as a nun, she received a Degree from St. Mary’s College in Moraga. Later, she continued her pastoral work at St. Rose Hospital, several medical offices in the Fremont area and at Berge Pappas Smith Chapel of the Angels.

Joan enjoyed traveling with family and friends to many countries in Europe. She delighted in going to the San Francisco Opera and Ballet. She was a loving, kind and trusting person and she will be missed.

She is survived by her devoted brother William (Helen) of Livermore, many nieces and nephews, her godchild and many lifelong friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph A. Silva and Eleanor E. Silva both of Fremont, originally from Horta, Faial as well as her three brothers, Robert (Lillian) of Newark, Arnold (Darlene) of Oakdale, Joseph of Hayward.

A graveside funeral service will be held on Friday, August 26, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery located at 26320 Mission Blvd, Hayward, CA 94544. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sister John Marie’s Pantry at (510) 490-4171.


Graveside Service: August 26, 2022 11:00 am - July 22, 2024 12:00 pm

Room: Graveside

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
26320 Mission Blvd
Hayward, CA 94544


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  1. We were graced by dear, sweet Joan’s presence on Earth, now we are blessed by having our Angel in Heaven.

  2. A Memorial Celebration of the Holy Eucharist and reception was held in Grace Cathedral , San Francisco,attended by more than one hundred people ,on September 22,2022.

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