Doane Beal & Ames

160 West Main Street, Hyannis, MA


Antonia "Tanya" Fortenberry-Silva

December 23, 1943February 11, 2020

Antonia Fortenberry-Silva, known to many as Tanya, left this earth on February 11th, 2020. She was 76 years old and for all those years, warmed our hearts and was a true joy to all.

Born and raised in New Bedford, MA, she spent most of her adult life in Hyannis, MA. She enjoyed being around people, as shown by her life long career as a waitress where she found joy with the many she worked with and around.

She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother—a woman of beauty, character, strength and fierce love for her family. She showed us all what resilience and perseverance truly look like; never quitting to the very end.

Antonia is survived by her husband Antonio (Tony); her sons, Gary and Douglas Brito; and her daughter Lisa Fortenberry-Spaloss. She had four grandsons, Matthew, Patrick, Malik and Myles; and one granddaughter, Savannah.

They invite you to join them for a memorial service at 12:30 pm on Friday, February 21st, 2020 at Doane, Beal and Ames Funeral Home, 160 West Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601.

As per Antonia’s wishes, her ashes will be scattered in a bed of flowers that will blossom as beautiful as she was to us all.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Boston Medical Center, Office of Development, 801 Massachusetts Avenue, First Floor, Boston, MA 02118-2393. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.


  • Memorial Service Friday, February 21, 2020


Antonia "Tanya" Fortenberry-Silva

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Reginald DORSEY

February 23, 2020

My dear sister you know very well if i could place your pain and suffering upon myself i would! Also, l know "VERY WELL" You wouldn't allow me to do it!! Even if i begged and pleaded.
I will never tell you good-bye. I will see you later. We all will.


Jacqueline Lopes

February 21, 2020

I always think about how beautiful Tanya was or is. I believe she still exists in a place more beautiful than this. Tanya had this wonderful ability to make you smile with your whole being inside and out. At least that's how I felt when I was around Tanya from a very young girl right up to the age we are now. I don't mean to imply that I was Blessed to have spent a lot of time with Tanya because that wasn't the case. What was the case was no matter how much time had chronologically passed, whenever we saw each other, although we rushed to get out details about things that had happened as time passed, it was moments that sparkled joy from our souls. It was fun for us to share with each other parts of our lives. I always felt Tanya was truly interested in me and my life and that she was happily anxious to share about her and her life as well. And as a result I felt connected and loved always when in Tanya's company. Her love for her children made me feel excited, happy, grateful and even gitty as though we couldn't get things out fast enough. As Tanya shared about them it was as though I could see snap shots of experiences. Her love was/is strong.
Tanya you have made it through this difficult mortality to the other more beautiful side. I love you. I love your babies, and loved ones too. I will give them as much love as I can. I believe you would like that, and that comes natural for me.
I miss you, and I so so look forward to when we can get together again in that beautiful, and loving place where you now.

Paula Roderick

February 21, 2020

Tony, my deep sympathy in your loss, and to all of Tanya’s family, deepest condolences

Carmen Sanders

February 18, 2020

I am saddened to hear that Tanya has left us. The Lord has taken her home to a better place. Tanya was a beautiful lady inside and out. I haven't seen her in a long time but anytime I was in her presence was always a pleasure. Beautiful lady rip

Paula Kenworthy-Salt

February 17, 2020

My thoughts and prayers to all the Brito family, Tayna was a wonderful woman in deed, RIP. My friend 💞


February 16, 2020

So sorry for your loss.
Prayer go out to her husband and her family.
Treasure her God in your Garden of Rest. For here on earth, she was one of our best.

Jeanne and Mary Morrison

February 16, 2020

Gary, Douglas and Lisa,
We are sorry for your loss of your beloved mother. She is a loving spirit gone home to shine brightly forever. Over 50 years ago meeting your beautiful young mother on Old Yarmouth rd and seeing her through the years, she never changed. A strong, proud mother, her love for you showed. She was eager to give an update on her kids.
Beautiful on the inside and out she never failed to offer a bright smile and soft kind words to others. Tanya was just one of those people who you were always pleased to see. There was strength and compassion in the warmth of her genuine greeting. She was much loved. You are in our prayers. May God bless you and give you peace.
Jeanne and Mary Morrison

Gary Brito

February 15, 2020

Miss you dearly Mother-Dear. A true gem in every way. Forever-Gary

Julie Arvanitis

February 15, 2020

Dear Tony & family, I am so sorry to hear of Tanya's passing. I have many wonderful memories of working with her at different places over the years. I will never forget the great dinners & laughs we shared at the home you made together.
Tanya made it easy to be around her and I always enjoyed her company. I will always remember her kindness & sweet manner. She was one of a kind.
With deepest sympathy,
Julie Arvanitis

Paulette Cruz Buchanan

February 14, 2020

To my sister. Our lives were interesting to say the least. Even though we did not grow up together, it’s amazing how many similar experiences we shared. I hold dear The long talks we had about our sorrows and triumphs. Every smile and every tear held so much memory for us. But through it all there was love. Especially for our children and our grandchildren and our family. Everyone has a journey. I hope at the end of it all we can say that we gave it all we could. I think, Tiny, and that’s what I have always called you - even when you were Miss New Bedford - through it all my sister there was love. I miss you. I honor you. I will never forget you.