Refugio Silva, 1926-2018

Published 1:00 am Friday, November 23, 2018

Funeral services for Jose Refugio Silva, 92, of Albert Lea will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Theodore Catholic Church. The Rev. Kurt Farrell will officiate. Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church Monday. Online condolences are welcome at

Refugio Silva

Refugio died Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, while on vacation in Mexico.

Jose Refugio Silva was born June 29, 1926, in Guanajuato, Mexico, the son of Genaro and Ermenejilda (Duenas) Silva. He came to the United States on July 4, 1955, living in Albert Lea.

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In 1958, Refugio was united in marriage to Alejandra Luna at St. Mary’s Church. Alejandra died in 2002.

On July 2, 2016, Refugio married Angela Lazon.

Refugio worked as a welder for over 30 years in Albert Lea. He was a member of St. Theodore Catholic Church. Church was very important to him and he sang in the choir.

As a young man, Refugio played in a band on the accordion and violin. He also enjoyed gardening in his yard.

Refugio is survived by his wife, Angela; children Antonia (David) Holmquist, Guadalupe (Mark) Bennett, Refugio (Anne) Silva and Jesse (Debra) Silva; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Refugio was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Alejandra; infant daughter, Maria DeJesus; son, Paul Silva; and son-in-law, Dan Ditlevson.