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Elvira Lopes Silva

May 10, 1931 ~ July 27, 2017 (age 86)

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Elvira Silva went to be with the Lord on July 27, 2017 after struggling with Congestive Heart Failure for 12 years.  She passed away peacefully with her daughters at her side at New Bethany Skilled Nursing Facility in Los Banos California.


Elvira was born on May 10, 1931 in Bandeiras, Pico, Azores to Jorge and Veneranda Lopes. On November 17, 1951 she married Jose Tomas Silva, he passed away on November 28, 1995.  In April 1961 they arrived in the United States with two young daughters and began a new life. Eight months later a new daughter joined the family.


She is survived by her three daughters: Maria Fatima Goulart (Jose Goulart) from Copperopolis, CA, Maria Conceicao Paulino (John Paulino) from Hawaii, Darlene Ann Melo (Tony Melo) from Groveland CA.  Five Grandchildren: Tony Goulart (Nicole), Lisa Alcaraz (Omar), Amy Wood (Jeff), Danny Melo (Jessica), Justin Paulino (Dana). Nine Great-Grandchildren: Colin and Kaitlyn Goulart, Alyssa and Nicolas Alcaraz, Briana Ferreira, Hunter and Madison Wood, Abigail and Bradley Melo


Elvira loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren which she was very proud of and loved to spend time with. They always brought a big smile to her face.


In 1961 upon arrival in the United Stated they lived in the Lompoc area, they moved several times until 1968, when they settled in San Jose.  In 2005 she was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure, at which time they didn't think her heart could go on for too much longer.  She sold her house in San Jose and moved in with her three daughters where she would spend two weeks at a time with each one. They took care of her to the point the doctors were amazed how well she was doing.  On April 27, 2017 she moved into New Bethany Residential Care, where she absolutely loved life.  They took great care of her and she made great new friends.   Some of the more seasoned residents took her under their wings (they were true angels) and helped her adjust to her new home.  Often times we would call her and she would whisper "I can't talk right now I'm playing Bingo".


On July 9, 2017 she was admitted to the hospital, where she spent 9 days, followed by another 9 days in Skilled Nursing at New Bethany.  On day 18 God had another plan for her and came to get her. 


We will all miss her very much, but we know she has gone to a better place to be with her parents and husband.


In lieu of flowers please make donation to New Bethany Residential Care in Memory of Elvira Silva.

Charitable donations may be made to:

New Bethany Residential Care
1441 Berkeley Drive, Los Banos CA 93635
Tel: 1-209-827-8933

 Service Information

August 2, 2017

5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Darling & Fischer Garden Chapel
471 E. Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95112

August 3, 2017

9:45 AM
Five Wounds Portuguese National Church
1375 E. Santa Clara St.
San Jose, CA 95116

Funeral Mass
August 3, 2017

10:00 AM
Five Wounds Portuguese National Church
1375 E. Santa Clara St.
San Jose, CA 95116

Graveside Service
August 3, 2017

11:15 AM
Calvary Catholic Cemetery
2650 Madden Ave
San Jose, CA 95116

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