Myrna Silverman

Myrna F Silverman (Faigel)

Friday, May 28th, 1937 - Thursday, April 18th, 2019
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Myrna Faigel Silverman, 81, of Andover passed away on Thursday April 18 at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston after battling kidney and heart issues the past few years.

A life-long resident of the Merrimack Valley, she graduated from Lawrence High School in 1954, received her B.A. from Tufts-Jackson in 1964, and M.A. from Leslie College. She taught Special Education at High Plain and South Elementary in Andover for over 30 years . After retirement she continued to substitute teach and volunteer with low-income and at-risk youth in the Town through last year.

Myrna was an avid tennis player at Cedardale and enjoyed the beaches of Gloucester, Salisbury, Seabrook and Cape Cod as well as skiing at Loon Mountain, New Hampshire with family and life-long friends. She always had a kind thought while putting people as ease befitting one of her favorite lyrics “Whenever I see your smiling face I have to smile myself…” (James Taylor). Even through her illness over the past few months, she kept a positive attitude and believed in the joys of tomorrow with her family and friends.

Myrna was the devoted wife of 53 years to the late Gerald Silverman. She is survived by her beloved children, Nicki & Steve Jacobs, Michael & Lenie Silverman, and Ted Silverman & Kelly Brown. She was the cherished grandmother of Brian Jacobs, Drew Jacobs, and Xyrisse Jayde Silverman. She was the sister of the late Dr. Harold Faigel. She will also be missed by her dear sister-in-law Marilyn Faigel, brother-in-law Howard Silverman and their families.

Services will be held at Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond Road (off Route 133) Andover on Thursday April 25 at 11:00 AM. Interment at Temple Emanuel Cemetery Lawrence. Condolence calls may be made following the burial at Temple Emanuel until 4PM; Condolence calls may also be made at her late residence on Saturday 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Myrna requested donations of sympathy be made to the Andover Youth Foundation (501c) – Cormier Youth Center, 40 Whittier Court, Andover, MA 01810.
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  • Service

    Thursday, April 25th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Thursday, April 25th, 2019 11:00am
    Temple Emanuel
    7 Haggetts Pond Road
    andover, MA 01810
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    Rabbi Robert Goldstein
    Cantor Idan Irelander
  • Interment

    Temple Emanuel of Andover Cemetery
    202 Mount Vernon Street
    LAWRENCE, MA 01843
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Pamela Lundstrom

Posted at 10:25am
My condolences on your loss of Myrna. I knew her in a professional capacity and later years as a listening friend. Myrna was my daughter Janae’s special education teacher @ South School. She was a necessary and wonderful anchor and helm to provide us grounding and direction in the unclear waters of special education. I had run into Myrna in Andover and would let her know Janae’s advances in her public school days. But I have not seen Myrna in years now. I hustled wanted to let her know all her dedication has paid off as Janae is now a 30 year old married and successful Physical Therapy Assistant and a Registered Nurse. As she was successful with doing her education in small bites. We are so glad Myrna was involved in our life as she made such a positive contribution. Sincerely Pam Lundstrom


Posted at 12:39pm
Jeanne Teichert
Apr 25, 2019
Condolences to Myrna's entire family. We will miss her and her warm smile, she always stopped to talk to us and our kids when driving by our house, a good, kind person in so many ways.
margaret scanlon
Apr 24, 2019

Myrna was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. LHS 1954
Dr David H Berliner & Ms Patricia J Weller
Apr 23, 2019
We both send our sincere thoughts to the entire family. We know Myrna will be missed by many, many people!

Andrew McIntyre

Posted at 03:06pm
Hi Loved ones of Myrna,
I am a student of Mryna from 1977-1981 and I am 49 years old now. She taught me to read and write. I had severe learning disabilities, behavior problems, and was in the first AEG drug trial study for pediatric epilepsy. She would help me with the electrodes glued to my head from the EEG head gear that I had to wear at school every few months. Her office was my sanctuary. Some days I wanted to stay with her all day but I needed to go out to the regular classed and be socialized. Her care of me and her loving face of grace got me through so many horrible days and struggles. She taught me to overcome my dyslexia buy these exercises she knew. She gave me special thick rubber pencils because I could not hold the pen the right way. She defended my Care plan and stood up for me. She met me in the principals office when I was out of control and had a way of calming me I can not explain. She was so much more than and educator. I probably would not have graduated high school and went to college if she was not in my academic life. I have huge tears of happiness and gratitude as I write this. I want you all to know I am now an national advocate for children like me and I try with everything I have to give back what she gave me. I have such gratitude to her and her work lives on in me. The seeds of love keep on giving and its carried on through generations. I know she has gone home to our father in heaven as she exemplified everything I have learned following Jesus. Sometimes we meet people who do not speak of the Jesus much, but there is so much love and patience in them that we receive grace and are we are healed by him through a persons love and care. This is the only way I can explain how Myrna impacted my life. My heart goes out to all her close loved ones. Only knowing her a for a short time she changed my life and I hope and pray you all are comforted in this time of celebration. I am sure She is with the Father In heaven. She is a game changer and I still remember so many days with her. With all my heart. Hope and Health , Andrew Lonny McIntyre

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