Lois F. Silver


Silver, Lois F., 82, died Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at HopeHealth Hospice in Providence. She was the beloved wife of Irwin Silver of Providence for 61 years. Born in Worcester, MA, a daughter of the late Philip and Freda (Brickman) Freedberg, she had lived in Providence for 5 years, previously living in Framingham, MA for 54 years. She was a teacher and vice principal at Maimonides School in Brookline, MA for forty years, retiring in 2000. Lois was a graduate of Clarke university, earning a B.A. She loved to cook, to travel, and to spend time with her grandchildren.

Devoted mother of Jeffrey Silver and his wife, Alesa, of Farmington Hills, MI, Robert Silver and his wife, Sherry, of Concord, NC, and Allyson Antin and her husband, Frank, of Cranston, RI. Dear sister of Lawrence Freedberg and his wife, Pauline, of Greensburg, PA. Loving grandmother of Lauren Pless and her husband, Matt, Rachel Silver, Anna Silver, Benjamin Silver, Phoebe Silver, and Jacob Antin.

Funeral services will be private. Please click the link below to watch a recording of the graveside service.

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Shiva will be observed virtually via Zoom on Sunday, November 15th at 5:00 p.m.

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Meeting ID: 878 2032 0492  Passcode: 124446


In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Maimonides School, 34 Philbrick Rd, Brookline, MA 02445 or Michael J. Fox Fdn., P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163.


  1. Patricia McAuley
    Nov 13, 2020

    Lois was such a lovely woman, and she always made us feel like family when we visited. Please know that Gerry and I are thinking of you. Wishing you peace during this difficult time.

    All Our Love,

    Patricia and Gerry

  2. Megan Curtis
    Nov 13, 2020

    I interacted with Lois regularly at BOLLI. She always had a smile and a kind word and it was a pleasure to know her. My condolences to Irwin and the rest of the family. I will remember Lois fondly.

  3. Jen and Kevin Dionne
    Nov 13, 2020

    Ally, Frank & Jacob, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Sending much love to your family.

    Jen, Kevin, Chris, Connor & Cameron Dionne

  4. Guidé Jean Pierre- IsabElle
    Nov 13, 2020

    Jean Pierre and IsabElle Guidé express their sincere condolences for the death of your mother and grandmother. We think very much about you. The Guidé Family

  5. Pearl Libenson
    Nov 14, 2020

    Knew Lois through Lifelong Learning. Enjoyed being in classes with her. She was such a lovely person. So sad to hear of her passing.

  6. Carol and Mitchell Fischman
    Nov 14, 2020

    Dear Irwin and family,
    We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Lois was a wonderful woman. It was a pleasure to know her through our time at BOLLI and LLAIC. Our thoughts are with you in this sad time.
    Carol and Mitchell

  7. Carol Stein
    Nov 14, 2020

    Paul and I send our condolences to Sonny and family. Lois was my first cousin, (her mother was my Aunt). Lois was always such a lovely person and I will always remember her kindness to my mother, Shirley. Our sincere sympathy to all the family..

  8. Elaine Dohan
    Nov 14, 2020

    It was my very good fortune to have known Lois, even for such a short time. She was a wonderful lady. Bolli was never the same without her.

    Sincerest condolences,
    Elaine Dohan

  9. Ron and Sandi Levy
    Nov 14, 2020

    Lois was a kind and gentle woman, who was always cheerful and caring. We extend our condolences to Irwin and Lois’s family.

  10. Sheila Davison
    Nov 14, 2020

    I knew Lois through LLAIC, although I did not know her well. She always had a pleasant word and a nice welcoming smile. I am sure she is a loss to her husband, Irwin, and her family. I grieve with you.

    Sheila Davison

  11. Marvin Silberberg
    Nov 14, 2020

    Sorry to hear about Lois passing away. Paula & I send our condolences.

  12. Brenda Stern Pollack
    Nov 14, 2020

    I have fond memories of Lois through the special education collaboration between Maimonides and the Brookline Schools. She was always thoughtful, warm and a great listener.

  13. Ellen Godfrey McCarthy
    Nov 14, 2020

    Lois was one of a kind yet a perfect example of the Jewish suburban wife and mother and educator. Her sense of humor was unparalleled and her capacity for love was infinite. Always ready with a smart quip and a smile, I will remember her fondly. ❤️

  14. Myrna and Robert Cohen
    Nov 14, 2020

    We were fortunate to have known Lois as a good friend for many years . We reminisce about the good times we shared with her at BOLLI and elsewhere. Our sincerest condolences to Irwin and the family.

  15. Joe Bongiardina
    Nov 14, 2020

    Lois was always a delight to be with. I met her at BOLLI and worked with her as part of the group that created LLAIC. Lois was (so difficult to say “was”) warm, practical, friendly, with always a kind word and a good idea. I missed her and Irwin when they moved to RI and were not as present as they had been.

    Irwin, my deepest condolences to you and your family

  16. Paul Konigstein
    Nov 15, 2020

    I’ve always had a secret desire to be part of the Silver family. I have always been moved by the unconditional love and closeness you share. You wouldn’t be such a model family if it weren’t for Lois. I know your memories of her will be a blessing.

  17. Carol
    Nov 15, 2020

    My deepest sympathy Irwin. I knew you well, but whenever I met Lois I was made to feel welcomed. She was a true lady.

  18. elaine s. reisman
    Nov 15, 2020

    May happy memories of Lois help as you cope with her loss.
    Indeed, it was a joy to know Lois and have the gift of her friendship.

    Irwin and family: the loss is huge, but the memories will live on forever. My deepest condolences!

  19. Richard Glantz
    Nov 15, 2020

    Lois was a kind person and a pleasure to work with. When BOLLI started up, we needed volunteers — Lois was always the first to raise her hand. I missed her when she and Irwin moved to Rhode Island

    Sincerest condolences to Irwin and the family.

  20. Robert & Lotte Russo
    Nov 15, 2020

    Our deepest sympathy…..Lois was a gift of friendship to us late in life…for too short a time…. Bob & Lotte

  21. Laurence Jaffe
    Nov 15, 2020

    Irwin, both Paula and I are sadden to learn of your loss. Your words this morning showed the devotion you both had for each other, it brought tears to my eyes. Being a Worcester girl and having gone to Hebrew school with her brother at B I, through the years gone by we knew each other especially when we visited Aunt Charlotte across the street from your house. She was always there, with a big mile and pleasantness that our words cannot describe. She will be dearly missed.

  22. Shelly Levine
    Nov 15, 2020

    So sorry for you loss Irwin. Lois was such a special woman, warm, gracious, friendly, and loving. Always a smile and a kind word. I only wish I had known her longer. My heartfelt sympathies to you and your family.

  23. Arthur Lewy
    Nov 15, 2020

    Sonny, Jeff, Rob and Ally,
    We are grateful that we could be virtually with you today.
    Lois’ memory is a blessing to us all.
    We wish you comfort and send our love,
    Arthur, Bria and Naomi

  24. Susan Bradford
    Nov 16, 2020

    Lois had been a dear friend and mentor to me. She was my guide as I joined the faculty at Maimonides, a coach as I tried to fill her position as a fourth grade teacher and then as the vice principal. I could not have wanted a better guide and friend there. She was always warm and welcoming to everyone and I will long remember her. I was fortunate to have known her for many years.
    Irwin, my deepest condolences to you and your family.

  25. Suzi & Lenny Fuld
    Nov 18, 2020

    I first met Lois in 1981 when I began teaching at Maimonides. I taught kindergarten, which was in a separate building around the corner. She was teaching 4th grade. At lunch time I would walk over to the “main building.” All of the other elementary school teachers knew each other, I was the new kid and the outsider. Lois was welcoming and made me feel part of the faculty.

    Our relationship continued throughout our four children’s school careers until her retirement. Lois was an intuitive, open-minded, and kind person and educator. It seemed to me that she knew every child in the school. But she didn’t just know their names, she knew them.

    I have one story to share, that I don’t think I ever told Lois. One of our sons worked at Fenway Park for a few summers. He worked in the 600 Club, which was the luxury seating and dining room. He often would come home and casually mention that he served a famous person. It was just in passing, he would never seem impressed…but our other children were! One evening he returned home after the game. He was very excited. “Guess who I saw at the 600 Club tonight,” he gushed. “Mrs. Silver!” The movie, TV, and rock starts were ok…but Mrs. Silver, she was someone to get excited about.

    I speak for my husband, Lenny, and I’m sure our now adult “children, in offering you our deepest condolences.

    Most sincerely,
    Suzi Fuld

  26. Kathy OBrien
    Nov 22, 2020

    Dear Rob and Sherry,
    We were so sorry to hear about Lois’s passing. I always loved chatting with her when we were celebrating one of your kids! It was obvious that she loved her family well. Thinking about you all. xoxo – Kathy & Steve OBrien

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