Jerry R. Silvis, 57, of Wausau died peacefully Friday March 23rd, 2012 at his home under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services following a battle with a lengthy illness.
He was born March 26, 1954 in New Castle, PA to Ron and Nancy Silvis. He attended Mohawk High School and Technical College. Jerry moved to Wisconsin in Dec. of 1989, and soon after met the love of his life, Mary Schneider, whom he married on July 7, 1990 in Wausau.
Jerry was a painter by trade, and his skill was well known and recognized throughout the community. He had a passion for Corvettes, Harleys, NASCAR, and snowmobile racing. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
Throughout the course of his illness, he battled his disease for two years with dignity and grace, always with a sense of humor right to the end. He never passed up the opportunity to reach out to others, even in the midst of his worst days. Jerry was always asking about other's lives and never forgot a detail, offering his perspective and advice.
Survivors include his wife, Mary, Wausau; parents, Ron and Nancy, PA; step-daughters, Chris (Steve) Schlosser and their children, Kelsey and Cory, Wausau, Kim Kraimer (David Trevino), Tampa FL; brother, Paul, St. Petersburg, FL; niece and nephew, Dean and Emily Silvis, FL; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jake and Lori Schneider, Merrill; brother-in-law, John Bentz, Schofield; and nieces and nephews.
Funeral Service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at the Brainard Funeral Home, 522 Adams St. Wausau. Chaplain Grant Brown will officiate. Private family burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Wausau. Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home on Tuesday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials will be used to create a Christmas tree in Jerry's memory for the Festival of Trees benefiting Hospice.
On-line condolences may be given at www.brainardfuneral.com
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services for their kindness and support during Jerry's courageous battle, especially Carla, Linda, Grant, Lisa and Flora. We couldn't have done it without them!
Jerry was such a warm and fun-loving person who made friends with everyone. He will be greatly missed.