Lynne Silvestro

Lynne M. Silvestro (Masto)

Saturday July 18, 1942 - Sunday June 7, 2020
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Lynne M. Silvestro, 77, died peacefully at home in Smithville, NJ on June 7, 2020 after a long battle with metastasized breast cancer. Lynne was born in East Orange, NJ and grew up in East Orange and Bloomfield. Her parents, Michael H. Masto and Gertrude (Collier) Masto predeceased her.

In 1964, Lynne married Louis Silvestro. They were happily married for 27 years before his death. She is survived by her daughter Lauren and partner Kanan Satche; sisters Janice Vittes and Dianna Masto and their husbands Joe Blaze and David Oakley; and sister-in-law Elizabeth Masto. She was predeceased by her brother Doug Masto. She leaves behind her aunt and friend Marie Casillas and many beloved nieces, nephews and their children. Among Lynne’s greatest joys was to spend time with her family, particularly the children, and to enjoy their company and a good book on the shores of Lake George NY.

Lynne was the first in her extended family to attend college and graduated from Douglass College in 1964 and attended graduate school at the University of Iowa.

Lynne (“Mrs. S”) retired from teaching English and Creative Writing at Absegami High School in 2007 where she had also served as advisor to the year book staff. For ten years following her retirement she facilitated a scholarship fund for local students who planned to study writing in college. She volunteered for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for many years. She cared deeply about social injustices and worked to rectify them.

An avid reader herself, Lynne was passionate about her work as a teacher and mentor to countless students, many of whom remained close friends until her death. Lynne developed strong friendships throughout all phases of her life and her friends continued to give her love and assistance during these last few difficult months.

Contributions may be made to her favorite organizations: Human Rights Campaign, CASA or Habitat for Humanity. Due to corona virus restrictions we will delay an in-person memorial. Per Lynne’s wishes she will be cremated and interred alongside her husband. We would like to encourage family and friends to write remembrances on the memorial wall provided by Parsels Funeral Home. The creative expressions of those who knew her will be a fitting way to say goodbye. She will be able to spend time in the hereafter offering loving and helpful suggestions on how to improve our writing and communication skills.
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    Laurel Memorial Park
    English Creek Avenue at Tilton Road
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Julie Verica

Posted at 11:37am
Lynn Silvestro, where do I start?

There are no true words to express the selflessness of this tremendously amazing individual. Her impact on my life alone speaks volumes as it does for so many others. Her passing, as sad as it is, should be none other than a celebration to life. I am thirty six years old and still recall her face as if she were standing in front of me. I was a troubled teen and she took me under her wing to nurse me back to health. I think of her everyday and am deeply saddened that I can not address her personally once more. Her encouragement has compelled me to do better throughout my entire life. Because of her, I have strived for everything higher (she is shaking her head that I began this sentence with because). Impactful does not begin to explain Mrs. Silvestro. My heart stands with Lauren as I could not imagine losing my mother or someone as astounding as Lynn.Her personality was prodigious and strong. She stood for anything and everything she believed in while passing no judgement. For the saint that she was, she will fly high with the angels.
Julie Verica

Lauren Silvestro Posted at 11:57am

Thank you so much, Julie. Such a wonderful tribute.

Suzanne Dumas

Posted at 09:19am
Dear Lauren,

Your Mom was a very special lady - a wonderful friend and neighbor. She always went above and beyond when it came to teaching and the yearbook. She went that extra mile with all that was important to her. She will hold a special place in our hearts always.

Ray & Suzanne Dumas

Lauren Silvestro Posted at 11:15am

Ray and Suzanne, it is wonderful to hear from you. I wish it was under happier circumstances. Thank you so much for the beautiful tribute message to Mom. We cannot have the memorial until after the COVID-19 restrictions are over. I will let you know when that happens.

Lois Garrison

Posted at 05:33pm
So many wonderful memories to share of Lynne. We became fast friends when started teaching at Absegami and lasted throughout all of the years after retirement. Our 600 wing classrooms were our favorite places to catch up on the days events and I would even go down to visit in the yearbook office. Of course, it was next to Chip’s room! I will always cherish our luncheons together on New Leaf Court and in the new place. My mom always enjoyed Lynne’s company as I would bring her along to some of those luncheons. In later life, I will always cherish our lunches out with Lauren in Smithville too! One of my favorite memories will always be keeping up to date with her students she taught through the years and Lynne being a part of their lives! Also, I enjoyed the many stories of her trips to Lake George. She was so proud of her family and loved seeing all of the new photos! I will miss Lynne so much, our luncheons out and our phone chats. I was honored to be a part of her life. ❤️❤️❤️

Lauren Silvestro Posted at 06:06pm

Such wonderful memories, Lois! Thank you so much.

Chip Garrison

Posted at 04:26pm
I first met Lynne when she was hired as a new teacher who had moved into my classroom at Absegami High School. We both learned very early that we shared a similar sense of humor and appreciation for the arts and literature. Lois and I were so glad to call Lynne a friend. Our condolences to her family and friends. Thank you, Lynne, for the laughs and friendship.

Lauren Silvestro Posted at 05:07pm

Thank you so much, Chip. The friendship that you and Lois had with Mom, and still have with me, is invaluable. You are both wonderful individuals who have meant so much to both of us.

Daniel N. Walters

Posted at 02:53pm
Dear Lauren and family,
Sincere condolences to you. I was Lynne's supervisor at Absegami and remember her as a strong individual who truly enjoyed the challenge of teaching. She had a motherly instinct which served her well and enabled her to connect with students who. at times, needed someone to turn to. She delighted in working with the yearbook and guiding students in its development. She will be remembered as a fine educator who reached out and made a difference in the lives of her students and in Absegami's English and activity programs.
Dr Dan Walters

Lauren Silvestro Posted at 04:01pm

Doc, I tried to find how to contact you. I didn't want you to find out through the paper, but I was unable to find your contact information. I am so sorry. Lauren

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