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Joseph Silvestri, Jr.


Joseph Silvestri, Jr., age 81 of Wayne and formerly of Oakland, died peacefully on Saturday, August 05, 2017. He had lived in Oakland for fifty years before moving to Wayne in 2013.

Joe had worked as a sales manager in the heating oil business for most of his career. He started with Hess Corporation and one of his favorite perquisites were tickets to go see the NY JETS play football! He later worked with Home Fuel Oil Company of Englewood, NJ, and he made a lot of dear friends during those years.

Joe was raised in Paterson, NJ and graduated from Central High School where he was an outstanding basketball player. His love of sports never ended and he loved to go to West Point for football games. As a teenager, he moved to Haledon with his family and shortly after high school he was drafted into the U.S. Army. After training at Fort Dix, Joe was deployed to Germany where he really enjoyed himself. He made some lifelong friends in the service and they were fortunate to be able to tour all around Europe while they were there. It was truly a great experience and he spoke about it often.

Upon returning home from the Army, Joe met Rosemarie Remish at a bowling alley one evening. She was a fantastic bowler and caught Joe’s eye that very night. He invited her out on a date for hotdogs at the Falls View Grill and the rest, as they say, is history. They were married on May 2, 1964 at St. Stan’s Church in Garfield and after a memorable honeymoon to Bermuda, they settled to their Oakland, NJ home for the next fifty years. They raised their two daughters there and enjoyed vacations to Chadwick Beach on the Jersey Shore every summer. Joe was a devoted husband and a good provider. His daughter recalls that no matter how hard he worked, and how tired he may have been when he got home, he always made time to play games with his two girls. When Joe was eventually blessed with a grandson, he was delighted to spend as much time with him as possible. He taught Matthew to play sports and they did all sorts of things together. Matthew was like the son he never had, and Joe could not have been happier to watch him grow up into the young man he’s become. Joe loved his family dearly and he’s left them all with many memories to cherish throughout their lifetimes.

Joe is survived by his beloved wife of fifty years; Rosemarie of Wayne, by his daughter Tina Cillo and her husband James Bennett of West Milford, NJ, his grandson Matthew Cillo of West Milford, two sisters; Victoria Corallo and her husband Peter of Ocean County, NJ, and Elvera “Vera” Mariano of Totowa, and a brother; Pat Silvestri and his wife Mildred of Butler, NJ. He was predeceased by his daughter Lynda in 2015, and by his sister Rose Nativo in 2006.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 9 AM from the funeral home, then to Annunciation RC Church, Wayne, where at 10 AM a Funeral Mass will be offered. Joe will be laid to rest near his daughter, Lynda, at the mausoleum in Maryrest Cemetery, Mahwah.

Friends wishing to make a donation in Joe’s memory are asked to consider the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312,, or the National Kidney Foundation, Finance Department, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016,

Guest Book


Dear Uncle Joe, You have gone through so much during the past ten years. I pray your pain and suffering is now eternal peace. Rest in peace with Lynda and all the others waiting for you in Heaven. We have so many great memories of you to keep in our hearts. Love, Cecilia

Cecilia Bersano


Dear Uncle Joe, You will be missed dearly. I remember so many great times with you,especially when we would play with your cash on pay day.we always enjoyed the rides to Florida ,Canada, & Jersey shore. Thank you for being there always for my girls, especially Collette. I loved how you teased her about her shoes I hope you find peace now. Love. Rosanne

Rosanne Annillo


Dear Uncle Joe, I will never forget all the Christmases at Grandma's with you and the rest of the aunts and uncles. You, grandma and grandpa, the great aunts and great uncles and cousins have filled my life with wonderful memories that I will forever treasure. You had a special touch as one of my last memories of you is rocking Alonzo to sleep in your arms. I know you are at peace now. I know Grandma,Grandpa and Lynda greeted you. Love you always - Elizabeth

Elizabeth Bersano


Mr. Silvestri was a warm and welcoming man. The very essence of a true gentleman. He had the gift of being able to talk to you and make you feel like you were the most important person in the world. I will miss him. He was a genuine, honest,and caring,Christian man who loved his family. To Tina, Matt, and Mrs. Silvestri, my heart goes out to you. To Lynda up in Heaven, Daddy's home! They say we can't imagine the splendor that God has in store for us. I believe that. But I also believe it'll be even more special now that Joe Silvestri is there. May God bless his family and may his memory always be a blessing!

Joseph P Hildebrandt


Dear Rosemarie, Tina, Vicky, Vera and Pat, Please accept my deepest sympathy on Joe's passing. I always considered Joe a dear friend since we lived just one street apart in Haledon and shared many nice times. Joe was an outstanding basketball player for Central High. We so enjoyed our class reunion and everyone was thrilled to see Joe and Rosemarie. I will always remember Joe and our fun times. May those wonderful memories sustain you all in this time of sorrow. Joe, Rest in Peace. Doris

Doris Roffino Ververs


Joe was a true gentleman and a pleasure to be with. Ever since I first met him, Rosemarie, and Lynda years ago, it became apparent to me that they were very special people. It was always a pleasure to see him and Rosemarie whether at Church, or in the hospital. He was always smiling, and happy. Every week was another week of his fight against time. I will miss him and our weekly brief visits. GOD will surely welcome this warm and generous man. May GOD bless his family and I thank him for the memory of being his friend.

Ed and Mary Gelb


Dear Silvestri Family I am so sorry to hear of the loss of a dear friend. Joe and I had many good times together.I especially recall the wonderful get-togethers at Christmas with all the Silvestris. Fond memories prevail of a wonderful person. Rest in Peace, Joe

Dale Dominic


Uncle Joe I will always remember the times you and Aunt Roe took me and my brother on trips, You always had a smile when ever I saw you and a good word for me. I know you are at peace now. My sweet beautiful cousin your daughter Lynda was there to greet you. Aunt Roe,Tina,Jimmy and Matt I'm sorry I could not be there for you. Rest in Peace Uncle Joe. Love you Carol Ann

Carol Ann Benvenuto

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