Attilio Silvestri

May 1, 1933June 16, 2021

Attilio "Leo" Silvestri, 88, passed away Wednesday, June 16, 2021 very suddenly. Attilio was born on May 1, 1933 in Pacentro, Italy to Guiseppe and Concetta Silvestri, the third of their ten children. After his school years in Italy, he emigrated at age 16 to Venezuela. Attilio returned to Italy ten years later and at age 27 married Maria Sanzio. Together they came to the United States in 1961. They raised their first 2 children in Dearborn in a multi-generational household. In 1963, Attilio and his brothers established "Villa Bakery" in Garden City and moved to Dearborn Heights, where the youngest was added to the family. In addition to his hard work in the bakery, Attilio was a member of the Livonia Italian Club. He was a very good bocci player at the club and enjoyed playing cards as well. He taught bocci to anyone interested in learning. Continuing through his seventies, Attilio enjoyed traveling the United States and the world. Attilio particularly looked forward to the next family gathering: baptism, graduation, wedding, birthday party and holiday get togethers.

Attilio is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Maria; children, Connie (Fabio) D'Orazio, Frank Silvestri, and Gino (Julie) Silvestri; grandchildren, Cinthia (George) Kern, Cristina D'Orazio, Dante D'Orazio, Vincenzo "Vinny" Silvestri, Mario Silvestri, Sergio Silvestri and Valentino "Tino" Silvestri; great-grandchildren, Nico Kern and Lia Kern; siblings, Giacinta Sanelli, Maria (Alberto) Rubino, Eleanora (Fabio) Cippollone, Vincenzo Silvestri, Lorenzo (Barbara) Silvestri.

In addition to his parents, Attilio was predeceased by two brothers, Antonio and Alesandro Silvestri.

Family and friends may visit on Monday, June 21, 2021 from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. (with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.) at Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 37000 West Six Mile Road, Livonia, Michigan 48152. Visitation continues on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Colette Catholic Church, 17600 Newburgh, Livonia, Michigan 48152. Entombment will follow Mass at Glen Eden Cemetery in Livonia, Michigan.

Please share a memory of Attilio or condolences with his family at his online guest book.


  • Visitation Monday

    Monday, June 21, 2021

  • Prayers Monday Evening

    Monday, June 21, 2021

  • Visitation at Church

    Tuesday, June 22, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, June 22, 2021


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Antonio Iannarelli

June 28, 2021

With deepest sympathy to the entire family. Antonio and Francesca Iannarelli

Maria Graziani

June 21, 2021

To the entire Silvestri family,
Our deepest sympathy, love & prayers to you. Compare Attilio was one of Compare Daniele’s best friends, wonderful godfather to his son John, and family to all of us. He was a wonderful person who we will forever have the utmost respect. No time on earth is long enough to share with those we love. Nothing can prepare our hearts to say good-bye.
With sympathy, Compari Maria, John, Maryann, Christian , Josh, Dan & Patrizia Graziani

Loretta (Lee) Williamson Nee Silvestri

June 20, 2021

I have fond memories when Attilio and his family would visit my parents, Guy and Jane Silvestri, in Dearborn. My deepest condolences to the entire family.

Marco Sanelli

June 19, 2021

Zio Attilio was a kind and welcoming man who opened his house to his visiting family from Canada. His gentle words and love for family and friends will be missed. We have beautiful memories of Zio to cherish. Our condolences to Zia Maria, Connie & Fab and family, Frank, Gino & Julie and family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
Love, Marco& Linda, Cara, Cristina and Laryssa Sanelli. Xoxoxo

Amelia, Gino & Karen Lalama

June 19, 2021

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say,
But first of all to let you know that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from Heaven, where I dwell with God above,
Where there are no tears or sadness, there is just eternal Love.

Please do not be unhappy, just because I'm out of sight,
Remember that I'm with you, every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you, when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me, and said, ' I welcome you'.
'It's good to have you back again.
You were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here so badly as part of my big plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man'.

Then God gave me a list of things he wished for me to do.
And foremost on that list of mine, is to watch and care for you.
I will be beside you, every day of the week and year,
And when you're sad I'm standing there, to wipe away the tear.

Teresa Beafore

June 18, 2021

Uncle Henry was such a sweet soul, who enjoyed everything in life, from spending time with family, dancing, playing bocce, just enjoying life!! I'll always remember when we were at the bakery and a small kid would come in and he'd say, "Here you go beautiful, want a cookie"? He was famously known for that!! I'll never forget you Uncle Henry, R.I.P. ❤