Manuel E. Silveira
August 31, 1924 - March 02, 2017
Manuel E. Silveira, 92, of Taunton, passed away peacefully on March 2nd at Marian Manor, where he had been a resident for the last six years. Born on August 31, 1924 in Taunton, he was the son of the late John E. and Januina (Gonsalves) Silveira. He was the brother of the late Geneva Brodie, John and Joseph Silveira.
Sergeant Silveira was a decorated U.S. Army combat veteran of World War ll who served with distinction in the 34th Infantry “Red Bull” Division, 168th “Rainbow” Infantry Regiment, B Company for over 2 years. Sgt Silveira received a battlefield Citation for once finding and, on his own initiative, navigating two rifle companies and his regimental command staff through an enemy minefield that was previously undetected, all while liberating a small Italian village from German forces. He was also a recipient of the Purple Heart from wounds received in an enemy mortar attack at the Battle of Monte Cassino.
Manuel, or “Butch” as he was called, was married for over 50 years to the late Stella (White) Silveira. He leaves behind two children: Maureen Drake and her husband Frank, and Randy Silveira and his wife Katrina. Also known as “Papa Pinky”, he will be missed by his loving granddaughters: Janine Charbonneau and her husband Aaron, Kaylee and Kendra Silveira and two great-grandchildren: Drake and Hannah Charbonneau. He also had many nieces and nephews including the late Mary Lou Arruda, Richard Menard, Mary Goulart, and Barry Silveira.
Manuel’s family would like to sincerely thank Dr. James Hoye, Rev. Thomas E. Costa Jr, Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home, the incredible, caring staff on the second floor at Marian Manor, and Compassionate Care Hospice.
According to his wishes, Manuel’s services were private. His interment with military honors was held at Saint Joseph’s Cemetery in Taunton, MA on March 7, 2017.
Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Marian Manor Activity Fund, 33 Summer Street, Taunton, MA 02780, Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452 or Homes for Our Troops, 6 Main Street, Taunton, MA 02780.