Fred L. Silberstein

Jan 11, 1925 - Dec 3, 2013


January 11, 1925 – December 3, 2013

It is with great joy Fred Silberstein wishes to announce he has finally gone home. He’s been looking forward to this time when he could be in the presence of the God who carried him so well through this life. Fred spent 88 years on this earth doing His work with a love and good cheer that inspired and sustained all those lucky enough to be in his orbit. A self-appointed messenger of good will, Fred’s greatest source of pleasure was other people, and the opportunity they gave him to lighten someone’s load.

For those who missed the reward of knowing Fred: He was the guy you just met who took a real interest, noticed what you needed, and made you feel better about yourself when the conversation was over. He performed this miracle with his ingrained empathy, crack sense of humor, a song beautifully sung out of place (while sleeping, in grocery store aisles, doctor’s waiting rooms, and just about any public venue where people don’t generally burst into song), and by gently sharing his abiding belief in God and the power of faith.

A native of Sacramento, he was the 6th of 7 children born to Art and Cynthia Silberstein. He grew up in Curtis Park and attended Sierra School and McClatchy High School, before being drafted into the Army out of high school at the age of 18. Fred served in the Pacific during WWII, earning a purple heart, and living through a life-defining experience that first led him to faith. After the war, Fred met Vivian and they were married on Fred’s 23rd birthday. They went on to spend almost 66 years together, raising 5 children with a gentle hand, good humor, and the stability that comes from knowing your parents are crazy about each other and you.

Fred worked hard as a meat cutter for 42 years – at Arata Brothers, Holiday Market, and finally at his own business, Kountry Meats in Elk Grove. His avocation was the lay ministry, and he was a founding and longtime active member of the Arden Christian Church. His free time was spent listening to music of all kinds, singing in local choirs, watching Giants baseball, taking care of family and friends in need, and keeping us smiling through lots of family get-togethers.

Dad, we couldn’t be happier for you that you finally reached ‘pay-day’, and we celebrate with you your homecoming. You always said this should be a joyous occasion – ‘have a PARTY!’, and we will do our best to meet that request. And per your explicit wishes, we will ‘read the Corinthians love chapter’ to people we love, at least ‘once a month for six months.’ We will always strive to ‘be of good cheer.’ We will reach out to the long list of folks you asked us to contact to ‘tell them I love them.’ And when life gets tough without you, we will remember your lessons and try to be more like you. Thank you God for sending Fred to us. Please keep him in your care until we all meet again.

Fred is survived by his wife Vivian (he always called her Momma), his children Pam (Jim), Sandy (Tom), Fritz (Dianna), Karl (Janice) and Paul (Barbara), 5 granddaughters and 3 great-grand children. In addition, he leaves his brother, Jack and sister, Virginia and a host of nieces and nephews he loved as his own. In lieu of flowers, donations in Fred’s honor may be made to the Christian charity of your choice .

Come! Celebrate Fred’s life at 2 pm Tues., Dec. 10, at Sierra Hills, East Lawn, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento, 95841, with reception following at daughter Sandy’s home.

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