JACK SILBERSTEIN Jack Silberstein of Paradise, California died peacefully on Friday, March 24, 2017. Born on Sept 13, 1920, he lived to be 96 years old and enjoyed a wonderful, rewarding life. He suffered from Parkinson's disease for many years and had several health setbacks in recent years but kept a positive attitude and an appreciation for those who cared for him. He is survived by sons Stephen (Mary), Ralph (Deni), Ted (Alma), Tom (Diane), and 8 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and a great-great grandchild. He was happily married to his beloved wife Alma Rosalie Darden for 69 years. She passed on to heaven in 2013. Jack was the third generation of his family to live in California and grew up in Sacramento with six siblings: Marvin, Earl, Art, Charles, Fred and Virginia, all whom he outlived. He joined the Army in 1942 and served in the S. Pacific where he piloted a landing craft by day and participated in musical shows at night to entertain fellow troops. After WWII he joined the National Guard and was commissioned as an officer in 1953, eventually achieving the rank of Major. He worked in finance for the State of Calif Military Department until 1966. He went on to work at various jobs of interest at Lake Tahoe, Reno, Mammoth Lakes, and Grants Pass, Oregon. He was quite successful and was appreciated by those he worked with. He and Rosalie did many wonderful activities with their 4 boys: camping, car trips, scouts, music lessons, church and family gatherings. They even made a month long road trip to Mexico City, camping along the way in a VW Van! Jack had a lifelong passion for music and taught each of his sons music. He loved jazz and improvising at the piano. He also enjoyed playing music for church activities . Music was a big part of home life. He was a devoted Christian and believed in living accordingly. Anyone who got to know him could not help but admire his loving heart and understanding ways. He and Rosalie supported and contributed much to their churches and congregation. He was always ready to help people in need and his generosity quietly helped many people. He and Rosalie were missionaries in Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo) for two different tours where they met many challenges and dangers. Jack secured resources that were being threatened by local political upheaval and corruption. This affected the lives of thousands living in villages that were supported by the charitable organization. Jack will be remembered as a kind, loving human being by each person that was fortunate enough to know him. A memorial service is planned for 2:00 PM, April 22, 2017 at the First Baptist Church, 6500 Clark Rd., Paradise, CA. To view obituary and send condolences, go online to NewtonBracewell.com .
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