July 26, 1934 – September 20, 2015
Silvio James Angelo Resta of Red Deer, Alberta, formerly of Rimbey, Alberta, passed away peacefully at the Villa Marie Covenant Care Centre, Red Deer on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at the age of 81 years. He was predeceased by the love of his life of 56 years, Rilda Resta (nee Dewalt) on September 27, 2014.
Silvio was born and raised in Rimbey where he attended the Fuller District School to Grade 8. He lived and worked on the family farm, which was eight miles northwest of Rimbey, until he went to work around the Edson area in the oil patch for several years. This is where he met Rilda DeWalt, and together they came home to the family farm where they started their life-long career farming and raising their children. Silvio loved to farm as he loved the land. He worked many winters truck hauling for Jordan’s Equipment in Rimbey to help supplement the farm income as well. Silvio also loved the outdoors; where one could always find him working the land, tending the animals, seeding the crops, fencing, or fixing machinery. He worked hard, but always had time to help his children and grandchildren with their math (Dad was great at math), teach them how to play crib, and he always helped his neighbours. In the winters, Silvio would clear the snow off the dugouts so family and friends could skate and play ice hockey; and in the summers, he would help his children learn how to swim in the dugouts. Silvio believed that a man’s handshake was as good as his word. He was extremely neat and took a lot of pride in everything he did. Silvio also cherished the tractor rides he gave his grandchildren…complete with vanilla ice cream treats to follow which was Dad’s favorite!
“Our family gives thanks that Dad has gone home to live with his Heavenly Father.”
Silvio will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his children: JoAnne (Wilfred) Curtis of Red Deer; Silvio Jr. (Laurie) Resta of Red Deer; Jordan (Mary) Resta of Red Deer; Judy (John) Ring of Hinton; Jacquie Sullivan of Red Deer; and Karen (Ed) Yetter of Blackfalds; as well as 14 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren. He will also be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his sister, Gloria Valette of Edmonton; and his two brothers, Adrian (Thelma) Resta of Rimbey; and Bruno (Phyllis) Resta of Carstairs; in addition to numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends. Silvio was also predeceased by his parents, Felix and Silvia Resta.
A Celebration of Silvio’s Life was held at the Zion Lutheran Church, Rimbey on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Don Hennig and Pastor Peter Van Katwyk officiating. Interment followed in the West Haven Cemetery, Rimbey. If friends desire, memorial tributes in Silvio’s Memory may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, #202, 5913 – 50 Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta T4N 4C4 (www.heartandstroke.ab.ca); or to the charity of one’s choice. Condolences to the Resta Family may also be expressed by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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