PAUL ANDREA SILVIO Posted: 2018-01-04 12:59:46




Woodstock, IL - Paul A. Silvio, 83, of Woodstock, died peacefully on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 in his home surrounded by family. He was born on August 5, 1934 in Chicago, the son of Joseph and Theresa (Muscarello) Silvio. On June 24, 1961, Paul married Marcia D. Janis at St. Gerald’s Catholic Church in Oak Lawn, IL.

Paul is survived by his loving wife, Marcia; his children Paulette (Phil) Gregorcy, Annette (Dennis) Bechtold, and Christina (Mark) Haggerty; his grandchildren Casey Bechtold, Lauren Gregorcy, John Paul Gregorcy, Danielle and Brandon Deraney, Austin Gregorcy, Brooke Gregorcy, Sophia Haggerty, Max Haggerty, and Devin Haggerty; his siblings Andre Silvio and Linda (Ted) Frega; his sister-in-law Kay Janis; and nieces, nephews, and other dear relatives and friends.

Paul lived a long, memorable life filled with love and laughter. A most intelligent and generous man, he always provided support and encouragement for his family, friends, and colleagues. He was a proud United States Marine, serving from 1956 to 1958. He also spent over 35 years leading efforts for Kraft Foods in its research and development division. He had both musical and scientific talents, so it was very common to find him playing the organ or singing Italian songs at the kitchen table after coming home from his work making cheese products. Paul enjoyed being active and was a faithful sports fan, with a special love for Chicago teams. He was also an avid train enthusiast, building HO model train scapes, including a winter scene that he would display each Christmastime.

In the mid 1980s, Paul was diagnosed with a very rare motor-neuron disease called Primary Lateral Sclerosis (PLS), affecting his muscle nerve cells including his mobility and speech. Even after many years facing progressive health challenges, Paul never let the disease control his life. In fact, shortly after diagnosed, he began writing the first of three books to chronicle stories from his life for his grandchildren and share his philosophies and perspective on several topics.

A special visitation for Paul will be held on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at DeFiore Jorgensen Funeral Home, 10763 Dundee Rd, Huntley from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. A mass celebrating Paul’s life will be held on Monday, January 8, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church, 2918 Country Club Rd, Woodstock, with a visitation preceding mass from 10-11 a.m.

DeFiore Jorgensen Funeral Home is serving the family with an online guestbook and condolences at In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution in Paul’s name to either the ALS Association ( or JourneyCare (

With special appreciation to JourneyCare Hospice and Pallative Care for their kind and compassionate service.

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Terrie Thamer 2018-01-04 14:11:51

While I didn't know your dad, my prayers and thoughts are with you and all your family, Annette. May the comfort of Jesus be with you knowing your dad is right there with Him.

David Janis 2018-01-04 17:11:22

Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Uncle Paul will be greatly missed but forever cherished.

Doug, Iris, Jimmy, Richard 2018-01-04 17:29:29

Remembering Paul with fondness for his smile and love for his family. Enjoyed meeting him and spending time with him and was very amazed at his train display and workshop. Rest in Peace.

Gloria Talbot 2018-01-04 20:44:49

So sorrry. Our faith tells us he is in paradise. I will be at the wake sunday.

Patricia Boucher 2018-01-04 21:36:41

Annette I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your Father. Sending Prayers for Comfort and Peace for you and your family. May the perpetual light shine upon him. Amen. Love you.

Peter and Lori Shianna 2018-01-04 21:49:44

The world has lost a truly remarkable man, a man who always kept his sense of humor and never gave up. Our hearts go out to his entire family, but especially to Marcia, who has been so strong and steadfast. Marcia, we will think of you often and keep you in our prayers.

Lawrence & Mary Jo Hoyle 2018-01-04 22:59:07

Marcia Just received email from Marie Angela about Paul's passing Sorry to hear this. It has been along time since we all have seen each other. Paul now is resting in Peace. God Bless You and Family

Zulma Diax 2018-01-05 09:59:59

My deepest condolences. Hugs and prayers!

Marie Angela Veglia 2018-01-05 11:02:01

God has welcomed our wonderful cousin Paul. He had humor and kindness for family and friends. He was the family historian and many of us can find ourselves in his two books. Our love and prayers and condolences to Marcia and daughters, Paulette, Annette, and Christina.

Bob and Margaret Haggerty 2018-01-05 12:43:07

We are in awe of Paul’s courage and strength. His kindness and determination were very evident when we met him over 10 years ago. Equally amazing was the support from Marcia and his three lovely daughters and their families. We can all say that we have witnessed unconditional love to the max, for having known the Silvio family.

Linda Liddell 2018-01-05 13:35:47

Christina and all family members, I am sorry to hear of your father's passing,. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

Mary Alice Howe 2018-01-05 15:48:23

My prayers are with you and your family Marcia. May he rest in the arms of Our Lord, Jesus, who loves each of us perfectly.

Chuck & Ginny Muscarello 2018-01-05 19:29:35

I cherish the wonderful memories I have of growing up with Paul & all of the good times that we spent together. We marveled at his wisdom & knowledge in the very detailed books that he wrote & his amazing memory & humor. Paul & Marcia have been an inspiration to all of us, seeing what they have endured for over 30 years. We will miss you, Paul...till we meet in peace. Sending much love & prayers to all!

Becki Breslin 2018-01-05 21:23:49

Annette, Dennis, Danielle and Casey, Sorry to hear of Paul's death. I hope he us peacefully guided by angels to our Father. My sympathies, Prayers your way. Becki

Michael Veglia 2018-01-06 01:57:04

You are not forgotten, loved one nor will you ever be As long as life and memory last we will remember thee We will miss you now, our hearts are sore. As time goes by we’ll miss you more. Your loving smile, your gentle face, no one can fill your vacant place. You and Marcia, Paulette, Annette & Christina have been the models of endurance in the face of adversity with great courage and stamina. Paul's long journey has ended and our Lord has called him to eternal rest.

Louise Vitolo 2018-01-06 07:17:03

Paulette, I am so sorry for your loss, sending love and prayers to you and your family, love Louise❤️❤️

George and Lynn Deraney 2018-01-06 07:34:45

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this difficult time.

Deborah Phillips 2018-01-06 18:55:04

So very sorry for your loss. Praying for your family.

Jerry & Angie Spicuzza 2018-01-08 15:27:59

Enjoyed working with Paul At Kraft. Our sympathy & prayers go out the family.

Tony Capalbo 2018-01-08 17:35:19

So sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.