Rose (nee Silvia) passed away on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 69
years of age in Arcata after sustaining internal injuries from a
fall. She was just a few weeks shy of her 70th birthday,
a milestone we all coveted.
She was born in Massachusetts on November 16, 1948 to Frank and Jeanette Silvia, and was the youngest of four siblings: Dianne, Ron, Gary and Dan - who sadly all preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughter, Truth Doyle and Son-In-Law Britt Doyle, of Tiburon, California; her son, Justin Wirthman and daughter-In-Law, Selene Wirthman, of McKinleyville; her nephew, Victor Cross, of Santa Cruz; her niece Melody Hatch, of Tulalip, Washington, and her grandchildren Julian, Indy, Preston, Harry and Britt, whom she loved more than anything. Besides her family, she left behind her very beloved “Beast-Child,” Meggles as well as countless friends along her journey.
She founded the Eternal Art Glass Studio in the 80s as a venue for her stained glass artwork, which later became the Eternal Art Community Center in McKinleyville, a beloved hub for artists of all sorts. One of her most noteworthy projects was the Holy Trinity Church in Trinidad, where she created all the stained-glass windows that remain there today. It will always be one of our family’s most treasured memories.
She was a resident student at the Heartwood Institute in Garberville, where she studied the arts of massage and Reiki, among other healing crafts. As a result, her hands were considered magical by many.
Those who knew her will remember her years on dialysis to treat the hereditary polycystic kidney disease that ultimately claimed her siblings and her mother. We also remember and celebrate her kidney transplant in 2010 that gave her the freedom to live freely again.
Beyond doubt, her dogma was always apparent. She believed in aliens, karma and chem trails, and she made a hell of a case for all!
A celebration of her life will take place on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at Merryman’s Beach House on Moonstone Beach in Trinidad, California from 2-5 p.m. All are welcome.
We would like to give special thanks to the amazing staff at the Mad River ICU and Dr. Tong, for really caring. She left this world in good hands and for that, we are so very grateful.