DARTMOUTH — Amelia “Amy” (Martins) Silveira, age 70, passed away peacefully at home on February 6, 2018 after a short, courageous battle with brain cancer.
Amy graduated from Bridgewater State College in 1969 with a degree in early childhood education. She worked as a Kindergarten teacher before becoming a full time mom. Her passion for teaching and working with children then lead her to nearly 40 years as an entrusted and cherished caregiver for more than 30 children from her community. In recent years she also provided elder care through Home Instead.
Amy strongly believed in giving back to the community she called home. She was an avid and active supporter of the Friends of Russells Mills and the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust, and worked hard to protect the natural beauty of our town. In the 1980s, she piloted the Dartmouth recycling program, which has had a positive and lasting effect on us all. She was also an active member of her parish, St. Mary’s in Dartmouth, where she taught Catechism, was a member of the Social Concerns Ministry, and served as a Greeter at the 10 am Mass.
Amy always acted with her heart and integrity. When there was a need, she attended to it without waiting to be asked.
Amy is survived by her husband of 49 years, David J. Silveira, and her four children, Kevin Silveira and Katie Collins of Middleboro, MA; Sharon (Silveira) and Chris Broggi of Southwick, MA; Marty Silveira and Evelyn Conley of Hermosa Beach, CA; and Derek and Alison Silveira of Charlestown, MA. She also leaves behind her seven beloved grandchildren: Jacqueline and Jordyn Silveira, Dante and Alex Broggi, and Jake, Madeline, and Zoe Silveira. Amy is also survived by her sister, Eleanor “Ellie” Martins of Dartmouth, MA, and a large extended family whom she loved dearly. Amy’s many friends and the children she cared for were an integral part of that extended family.
Amy graced us with her love and acceptance and was always there when we needed her. Her lessons of good sense and practicality have left us stronger and more resilient. She will be deeply missed by everyone who was blessed to know and love her over the last 70 years.
Visitation will be Friday, February 9 at Waring–Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute -Dartmouth, 230 Russells Mills Rd., Dartmouth, MA from 4-8 pm. Amy’s funeral will be Saturday at 9 am at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am at St. Mary’s Parish, 783 Dartmouth Street, Dartmouth. Burial will be in South Dartmouth Cemetery, 507 Elm Street, Dartmouth, MA.
Donations may be made in her memory to the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust, 318 Chase Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747 or the Lloyd Center for the Environment, 430 Potomska Road, So. Dartmouth, MA 02748.
For tributes, please visit www.waring-sullivan.com