Vermilda B. Sylva

08/13/1922 - 10/22/2021


Obituary For Vermilda B. Sylva

Vermilda was born in Centerville in 1922 in what is now central Fremont. She graduated Washington High School in 1940 and finished two years of college at San Jose State. Vermilda was predeceased by her husband of 69 years, Lawrence Sylva. She is survived by her sons Steven Sylva and Donald Sylva (Anne Marie) as well as grandsons Matthew Sylva (Inga) and Mark Sylva (Kristen) and great granddaughters Madilyn, Charlotte and Marley.

She worked as a bookkeeper for Holy Spirit Church and school for over 50 years. She also worked occasionally for St. Anne’s, All Saints and Our Lady of the Rosary parishes. She was a longtime member of the Portuguese Fraternal Society of America and an organizer and volunteer for the annual Holy Spirit Festival for decades. A lifetime member of Holy Spirit Parish, she was baptized and married there.

She loved vacations and by last count took 27 cruises, some with many friends and family. It was entertaining and being together with friends and family that gave her the greatest joy.

Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on November 11, 2021 at 11:00 am at Holy Spirit Church.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Holy Spirit School scholarship fund.
Vermilda was always loving and always loved. She will be missed.


11 Nov


11:00 AM

Holy Spirit Catholic Church 37588 Fremont Boulevard Fremont, CA 94536 Get Directions »
by Obituary Assistant

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  • 11/08/2021

    Vermilda was a good friend to some of my loved ones and to me. She shared with me her knowledge of family members and helped me with my genealogy. I was so touched that she sent me a birthday card in recent years. God bless you and keep you my little friend Susan Vargas mother Isabel Vargas was in clubs with Vermilda....and my mom's cousin Evelyn Rose "Brownie" was in her circle of friends. I grew up in Holy Spirit parish and spent my childhood in Centerville.

  • 11/06/2021

    Sweetest lady we ever met welcomed us with open arms into PFSA we will miss you so much now you can be with Maria

  • 11/06/2021

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