Somerville/Medford Remembering Elizabeth A. Silvestri

Elizabeth Ann “Betty” (Petagna) Silvestri, of Somerville, passed away on December 2nd, 2022 peacefully at her home.

Beloved daughter of the late Gaetano and Crocifissa Petagna of Somerville, MA, wife of the late Victor Silvestri, devoted mother of son Gaetano V. Silvestri of Somerville, MA, late daughter Linda A. Silvestri, and partner Anne Hayes Silvestri of Reading, and son Victor Silvestri, Jr. and his wife Joyce of Wakefield, MA. Cherished sister of the late Dina DeAngelis, Lydia Blizzard of Sonoita, AZ, Gaetano Petagna and his wife Peggy Petagna of Chelmsford, MA, and Sylvia and the late James Fiore of Woburn, MA.

Also survived by five grandchildren, Eric M. Silvestri and his wife Alyssa of Derry, New Hampshire, Dana V. Silvestri & Julia N. Silvestri of Wakefield, MA, Christian Hayes Silvestri of East Boston, MA, Patrice Hayes Silvestri of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and two great grandchildren, Jaxson and Nash Silvestri of Derry, New Hampshire. Many special nieces and nephews also survive Elizabeth. With loving care and friendship, over 7 years of personal home care from Pamela Scotti of Hamilton, MA.

Elizabeth “Betty” worked as a Nursing Assistant for 32 years at the Somerville Hospital on Highland Ave after retiring in 1998.

Calling Hours will be held in the George L. Doherty Funeral Home, 855 Broadway (Powder House Sq.) Somerville on Friday morning, December 9th from 9:30AM to 11:30AM followed by a Funeral Mass celebrated in St. Ann Church, Somerville at 12:00PM. Relatives and friends invited to attend.

Services will conclude with a burial at the Green Lawn Cemetery, located in Salem, MA, followed by a “Celebration of Life” at the Crystal Community Club, 77 Preston Street, Wakefield, MA 01880.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Elizabeth’s memory to the Charles River Alleycats. (

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