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Patricia Ann Silverthorne, age 68, of Greenville, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, January 8, 2012 at her home following a brief illness. The daughter of Frederick & Ella (VanCleve) Wert, she was born on September 6, 1943 in Grand Rapids.

On July 1, 1972, in Greenville, she married Harry L. Silverthorne and together they enjoyed nearly 40 years of marriage. Patricia owned Greenville Janitorial and was a long-time member of the Greenville Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses-East Congregation.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Fred W. Silverthorne on October 4, 2001; and her siblings, Fred Wert Jr., Clarence Wert, Audrey Fifield, Madeline Sheldon, and Earl Wert.

Surviving are her husband, Harry Silverthorne of Greenville; her children, Randy Chase of Kent City and Jeff Chase of Greenville; three grandchildren, Kristy Chase and Joseph Chase, both of Grand Rapids, and Kaden Silverthorne of Greenville; three step-sons, Steven & Joette Silverthorne of Florida, David Silverthorne of Connecticut, and Jeff Silverthorne of Florida; her siblings, Virginia Robinson of Cedar Springs, David & Marilyn Wert of Grand Rapids, Beulah & Gary Chase of Kent City, and Darlene & Jerry Elder of Newaygo; siblings-in-law, Ethan & Virginia Silverthorne, Marjorie Ingersoll, Frances Merren, and Virginia & Bob Lincoln, all of Greenville; and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. on Friday at the Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville. Honoring Patricia’s wishes, cremation will follow the viewing and a memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 915 Industrial Park Drive at the corner of M-57 East, Greenville. Instead of flowers, contributions for the family’s wishes would be appreciated. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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  1. Anonymous on January 8, 2012 at 12:00 am


    01/13/2012 –

    Karen Baird

    Randy, so vwey sorry for your family loss we share in your sorrow

    01/12/2012 –

    Maggie Merritt

    Harry and Jeff you are in my thoughts and prayers. She will surely be missed here at Federal-Mogul. May God grant you peace. Hugs Maggie

    01/12/2012 –

    laura snell

    i am sorry for your loss. i work at fm/hourly but i would run into you guys every once in awhile and you were always very helpful.

    01/12/2012 –

    Darci Ward Cole

    Patricia’s sweet voice and kind personality will truly be missed, especially around Federal Mogul! My heart breaks for Harry and the rest of her family. Sending my love.

    01/11/2012 –

    Hansen Vision Center

    Harry and Family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts during this difficult time.

    Dr. Rocky Hansen. Dr. Anne Pfeffer, Dr. Shane Stewart and Staff

    01/10/2012 –

    Aarron Antcliff Family

    Dear Harry and family,

    Our hearts go out to you during this time of unexpected loss. We look forward to the day when 1 Cor. 15:26 is fulfilled as the last enemy death is brought to nothing.

    Aarron, Karen, Miller & Mallorie Antcliff

    01/10/2012 –

    Shelby Allen

    My dearest Harry and kaden,
    Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. Pat was like a ray of sunshine every time she smiled.
    She will be missed dearly by everyone who knew her. She would always make us her delicous brownies which were pats signature and we loved them! We look forward to seeing her again very soon.
    -Shelby Allen

    01/10/2012 –

    Pete and Connie Tossava

    We are so sorry about the loss of our dear Aunt Pat. She has been a part of my/our life for the past 49.5 years. I remember spending vacations at her house when I was little and Randy and I would “duke” it out! I don’t remember it but my mom has a letter that she wrote to my sister and I when Julie our younger sister was born. We were staying with Aunt Pat and Randy and Jeff while mom was in the hopital. I also remember Ella Mae spending time with Aunt Pat as a teenager when She and Harry and the kids were preparing the house of Grove St.(The house they lived in after Summit Street) Oh that house on Summit Street I don’t know why that house in particular stays in my mind but I remember spending quite a bit of time there. Oh and I remember her “Pink” wedding dress when she and Harry got married on that July day nearly 40 years ago. I look forward to being reunited with her in Jehovah’s new order
    Much love
    Pete and Connie Tossava and our sons and their families:
    Tyler and Casey Tossava and Collin and Grant
    Luke and Karen Tossava and Aadyn

    01/10/2012 –

    Stu and Shellee Jensen

    Dear Harry & family:
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your entire family during this difficult time. Please remember Rev. 21:3-4 when Jehovah promises a time where no more pain, death and suffering will occur and we do have the promise of the resurrection, a time when all of us will rejoice and have no fear of death and pain. Keep your memories close to your hearts

    01/10/2012 –

    Bruce Wilson Family

    Our dear Harry & Caden, our family loves you and prays that you can endure during this difficult time. Your beautiful wife and grandmother was a precious gem, and may your wonderful memories bring you comfort along with hope from the scriptures, that one day soon you will be reunited in perfect health.
    We love you.
    Bruce & Sonya Wilson, Zach & Ivy Wilson, Blake & Shelby Allen, Tanner La Fond

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