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Alegria Silva

March 27, 1933June 10, 2020

Alegria Silva passed away peacefully, in the comfort of her own home, on a sunny day in the early morning of June 10th, 2020. She took her last breath surrounded by her husband, Jorge, of 68 1/2 years, her 4 living children, Bianca, Jorge, Gina and Moises and the cherished memories of family and friends she’s kept alive through photos she has adorned throughout her bedroom. Alegria passed away knowing she was loved, comforted by her favorite music and gladdened by warm memories shared by all.

Alegria was the oldest of three children born to Victoria Lawndes and Armando Choez in Manta, Ecuador. The first to graduate High School, she aspired to become a Teacher. However, when she met Jorge as a 14 year old girl in 1947 she was won over by a cone of ice cream he bought for her. She then knew life had different plans for her! Jorge began to court Alegria and they soon fell in love. He lovingly recalls Alegria’s delight when he hired two men to serenade her by guitar and song through her open windows. After a four year courtship they married by a civil wedding in 1951. Together, they created their home and began to raise their family in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Alegria is remembered as being happiest when everyone had a full belly and loved to cook fresh, homemade, delicious meals! She grew chickens and roosters in the family’s backyard and received quiet satisfaction from the shrieks of enjoyment her children would make chasing them around! By 1960 Alegria had bore 6 children, raising 5; having to put to rest her dear one year old child, Giovanni, an unimaginable pain for any mother. As a family, they continued to honor his memory as the search for more opportunities and a better life brought Jorge to America in 1961. Working as a Jeweler he would eat Campbell Chicken Noodle Soup at night, for a whole year to save up enough money to bring his beloved wife Alegria to America with their 5 children! The family was reunited in July of 1962 when Alegria made the trip to America with the children and together they settled into a home in the South Bronx.

Alegria is fondly remembered for taking all her children to the movie-theater every Sunday to watch Elvis Presley movies, Roman and Biblical movies as well as Dracula and Frankenstein movies providing enjoyment, great memories and a lifelong bonding of movie watching for her children while also allowing her husband, Jorge, some much needed relaxation time from a week’s hard work. Together, they strived each day in hopes of always providing their children better lives and were very proud when they accomplished this by buying their new home in Hollis, Queens in the summer of 1972. They’ve filled the rooms of this home with love, laughter, and while yes - some arguments, overall, they have filled the rooms of their home with an abundance of joy for the last 48 years.

As the years passed and as their children grew into adults the pair took life by the reigns and decided to yet again make the most of their days traveling to over 30 countries in 20 years! It’s said that Alegria loved tasting all the different types of food the best throughout her travels! The memories created throughout this time provides her children with comfort that Alegria, a strong willed, quick to judge but quicker to give, woman lived a full and happy life with no regrets.

Alegria saw her children grow, marry, have children of their own, raise their own families as well as graduate college and succeed in their own careers and she was fortunate enough to share in many more accomplishments! Heartbreakingly, Alegria had to bury another child, her loving son, David, a few years ago as an adult, but we know that she is reunited with him and her loving child, Giovanni, in God’s Kingdom and that gives the family great comfort.

Alegria loved to dance, enjoyed photography, had a green thumb and held a lifelong passion of drawing and collecting small glass ornaments! She loved all her children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren very much! Alegria is laid to rest by her husband, Jorge, who knows after such a wonderful shared life, she is resting peacefully with their sons David and Giovanni and is patiently waiting for him to reunite with her in God’s Kingdom. Alegria will be preparing their new home and maybe busying herself learning a new recipe or two!


  • Entombment

    Monday, June 15, 2020


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Anthony Wesley LaRocco-Colon

June 23, 2020

Grandma lived to please other people. If you look in the dictionary under Alegria Silva,
The definition would be kindness, loving and hospitality. There was always plenty of food when I went to visit, and believe me you did not want to refuse a plate of food from Abuela. Not only was it absolutely delicious, it was piled high like a mountaintop. She also had a great sense of humor, memories of saying Un Poquito Mas esta bien y abuela returning with a plate of rice fit for a king, and saying flaco come’ Mas Mas, with a smile on her face heading back to the kitchen are some of my favorite memories. Believe me I would also laugh, thinking to myself how am I going to eat this massive feast. Love you very much and miss you very much grandma, thank you for teaching me the meaning of hospitality. Love, Your Grandson Wesley.

Lina Stefanidis

June 17, 2020

A mother's love is always with her children. Losing a mother is one of the deepest sorrow a heart can know. But her goodness, her caring, and her wisdom live on-like a legacy of love that will always be with you. May that love surround you now and bring you peace.

Lisa Brown

June 16, 2020

Gina & Family,
Our condolences on the passing of your mother. You and your family are in our hearts. We are here for you and your father. Love, Lisa, T and Moana

Maryann S

June 15, 2020

Dear Gina and Family,
My deepest condolences to you
and family. What a blessed and
wonderful journey she had in this
lifetime. Her spirit will live on
in the hearts of her dear loved ones.
May she RIP🙏✨🌷💫

Betty Robles

June 15, 2020

May Jehovah's comforting Holy spirit be with you all at this time. Very loving family stemmed from caring parents. May God continue to keep you always in his care.

Washington Bedoya

June 15, 2020

Washington y Liz les hacemos llegar nuestro mas sentido pesame y compartimos profundamente su dolor y oramos para que el Senor los fortalezca y les de consuelo y resignacion por tan irreparable perdida.

Siempre la recordare como aquella madre abnegada, bondadosa y generosa y dispuesta a ayudarnos en cualquier tarea. Muchas veces nos invitaba a comer y nos preparaba esos ceviches y sanguitos de camaron que nos hacia chupar los dedos. Recuerdo tambien en una celebracion brindamos con Grand Marnier al punto de ponernos bien "alegres" y asi muchos mas recuerdos que quedaran tatuados en mi mente.

A pesar que se nos adelanto seguira viva en nuestros corazones. Que Dios la tenga en su Santa Gloria.

Gina Silva

June 14, 2020

My mother age 87 passed away peacefully on June 10th, 2020. A day I will always remember. I am so happy that she was well taken care of and had the family by her side.

She was married for 69 years and is survived by my devoted father, Jorge Gulfredo Silva, my sister; Blanca; my brothers Jorge and Moises, and myself. Her grandchildren: Alexis, Fabricio, Tatiana, Wesley and Giovannie. Great grandchildren: Nikolas, Elijah, Annika, Elyse, and Johnny and in Memory of those Children & grandchild who passed: Giovanni, David and Jaxon.

I loved that my mother enjoyed her life as much as she could. She traveled the world which inspired me to continue doing in her footsteps. She will always be in my heart. I love you mom.

Fabricio Bedoya

June 14, 2020


We will always love you and your will always be in our hearts. Thank you for all you did for us and the family. Our memories will last forever. You were a tremendous wife, mother, friend and person.


Fabricio, Elijah, and Elyse

Alex Bedoya

June 14, 2020

Can’t think back on my childhood without a memory of being at her house and always enjoying something she cooked or prepared for us. Makes me laugh at remembering her having to scold me cause hey, I deserved it. But she’d always smile at the end and give me a hug. Always sneaking a $5 bill in my pocket before I left so I can save up for a toy or something. She will be missed but the memories will always be there to comfort us. Love you grandma

Alex, Nelly, Niko, Annika, Jaxon.

Tatiana Wilson

June 14, 2020