Edwin Silverstrom

Born August 18, 1926


Edwin, was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 18, 1926, to Samuel and Jessie Silverstrom.

While living in Chicago, Ed attended the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. He enlisted with the Armed Forces in 1944 during World War II. Following the war, Ed moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of California, Los Angeles where he graduated with a business degree in 1949. He was a controller for various companies throughout the Central Valley including Security Seed Company, Rodder's Department Stores, and Ventura TV. He and his wife, Joanne, opened Greenhouse Annie's Plant Stores in 1973, and enjoyed 23 years of local success.

An accomplished artist, Ed exhibited and won various awards at Fresno State University, The Fresno County Fair, and the Madera Art Council. He had one man exhibits at Fresno City Hall, Arte Americas, and the Tulare Historical Museum.

Ed is survived by Joanne Teixeira Silverstrom, his wife of 40 years; his sister, Eleanor Sternberg of Newport Beach, Ca.; daughter, Jan and her husband, Eric Elfman of Los Angeles, Ca.; son, Stace Silverstrom and his wife Susan of Fresno, Ca.; daughter, Cindy Hutchins of Fresno, Ca., and son, Blake Silverstrom and his wife Kimberly of Coral Springs, Fl.; nine grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.

A Graveside Service will be held at Beth Israel Cemetery on Thursday, February 21, 2013, at 1:00 pm.


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Linda Ayers

March 4, 2013

Dear Joanne,
I would like to get in touch with you and do not have current email or address for you. And if you do not wish to, I perfectly understand. We are thinking of you. Linda Ayers

Alice & Gene Oliver

February 22, 2013

Joanne...Regret that a special person like "Ed" has left us. We all regret not being able to see and speak to him again. It will be difficult for you to adapt, but you are a strong person, and will go on with life.
Our very best to you and your family.

Rosanne Valenzuela

February 22, 2013

Joanne, So sorry to hear of your husband's passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Don & Rosanne Valenzuela

Linda Ayers

February 21, 2013

With love and sincere condolences to Joanne and family,
Dave and I are saddened by the news of Ed's passing.
Ed was always gracious, kind and fun and we have fond memories of time spent with Ed and Joanne.
Many years have gone by and we will always be appreciative of the wonderful welcome you Joanne & Ed gave us when moving to Fresno. I will always remember Greenhouse Annie,and wonderful dinners.
I had no idea Ed was so gifted until I found his artwork in Artes America! What a wonderful talented artist. God bless you Ed. Love to Joanne and God bless your family.
Linda and David Ayers

Jennie Blackburn

February 21, 2013

Joanne and Stace...I am saddened to hear of Ed's passing. Praying for peace and healing for both of you. Jennie Hurt-Blackburn

Jimmy Celikkaya

February 18, 2013

Eddie, we will miss you.

I always enjoyed exchanging mutual salesmen stories with you. Although you and I had deep discussions regarding the Middle East conflict and the Jewish-Muslim point of view, we always found common ground.

I remember your stories about Las Vegas and going there to celebrate with the whole sales crew. That was before Las Vegas was 'cleaned up' and the time of the Mob and gangsters.

I always appreciated the way you told stories, and how you could transform a dinner party with your experiences of life.

We will miss you, and thank you for inviting me into the family.

Mary Ann Teixeira

February 18, 2013

Eddie always had some great stories of his life, and I will never forget him for that. I remember his stories about his growing-up years in Chicago. And he told about how he went to school with Mel Torme.

He had funny stories of his various careers; whether it be as an accountant or a sales person. However, it was clear that he blossomed into his own when he delved into his creative side. Right now, in my home hangs an interpretation of his experience of the farm workers of the San Joaquin Valley. I see it daily, and am reminded of my roots and Eddie's ability to capture that in color and shape.

It was apparent that he and Joanne were a destined team. Together they created a number of successful businesses, travels together and investments. He always looked out for Joanne as a guide, supporter, and teacher. I have seen her develop as person, as result of her tutelage.

In his last years his true devotion became most apparent; he would tell, and retell of the successes of his children, his grandchildren, and his pride of his savvy wife, Joanne.

Our memory of you, Eddie, will be of a person intent upon interpreting the world for us, challenging our beliefs, and granting accolades, only when they were truly deserved. Thank you Eddie, for challenging me to be my best.

Many will miss you, to name a few: your devoted wife (Joanne), your little sister (Eleanor), your partner in mischief (my husband), your constant companion (Bailey), your children and grandchildren, and me!

Restful, peaceful and happy hereafter.