Fr. Sylvano Pera O.F.M.

February 10, 1926February 6, 2018

Fr. Sylvano Pera, OFM, Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church on Tuesday February 6, 2018, at the age of 91. Fr. Sylvano was born February 10, 1926 in Memphis, TN, the son of Louis J. and Ida (Pisani) Pera. Survivors include his niece Alice Gunn and nephew Patrick Posey. He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Louis Pera, Jr., Teresa Posey, and Robert Pera. Our dear Franciscan brother, Colleague and friend to many. Fr. Sylvano entered the Franciscan Order on July 4, 1945 and was ordained a priest June 24, 1952. He served as a formation director, teacher and as a pastor for many parishes throughout the Midwest for most of his priestly life.

Services: Funeral services will be held on Monday February 12, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 3140 Meramec Street, St. Louis, MO. Visitation will be prior to the Mass of Christian Burial from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Interment will be in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery, in St. Louis. Memorials are suggested to the Sacred Heart Province, St. Anthony Friary, 3140 Meramec Street St. Louis, MO 63118-4399. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Hoffmeister Colonial Mortuary. Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation

    Monday, February 12, 2018

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, February 12, 2018


Fr. Sylvano Pera O.F.M.

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cindy deters

February 11, 2018

This man was truly a saint on earth. He will be missed every day for the rest of our lives. He was a great friend to those with disabilities, especially my son, Scott. Rest in peace, Fr. Sylvano!

Cindy and Scott Deters

February 9, 2018

Fr. Sylvano, you gave myself and my Daughter many great memories, if anyone I know went straight to Heaven, it is you, you were the best, Patricia Gann

Jill Ochs

February 9, 2018

A loving caring and patient man who made a very large impact on a very small community. His smile and happiness were contagious! He made the world a much better place while on this Earth. May he rest in peace and watch over us all til we meet again.

Karen Neu

February 9, 2018

We all loved his smile, his spirit and his love he so blessed with everyone he met. He will be forever missed.

Theodore Schott

February 8, 2018

Fr Sylvano mentored my late Brother Bill, until his untimely passing in '83. Godly men both.

Brenda Hunzinger

February 7, 2018

Fr. Sylvano Pera was loved by everyone. He was very humble and kind. His grace and love was felt by all who knew him. The world was a better place because of him. He will be greatly missed.