Unexpectedly and peacefully, at her home, Frances Silverman passed away on December 11, 2018 at the age of 76.
Fran leaves behind her loving and well-loved children Sarah (Duff and his son Kai) Silverman and Jonathan Silverman. Also left to mourn and lovingly remember are her brother Joseph (Joy) Sommerfreund, cousin Asherah Cinnamon (Ron Breazeale, daughter Rosealba), nephew David Sommerfreund (Holly MacLean), niece Julie Sommerfreund (Dean Ruhnke) and her great-nephew Seth Sommerfreund and great-nieces Saige and Piper Sommerfreund. Fran was predeceased by her parents Paul and Stella Sommerfreund and by her partner Don Mitchell.
Fran was a well respected scientist, an Emerita Professor at U of T and the Gage Research Institute where she spent 40+ years researching and teaching in the field of Physiology. Fran had a warm, giving and accepting personality. She spent her life mentoring and nurturing both students and family.
Funeral Service will be held at Congregation Or Shalom, 534 Huron St., on Friday, December 14, 2018 at 12 pm with Rabbi Catharine Clark officiating. Burial to follow at Or Shalom Cemetery. Shiva will be held at her brother Joseph's residence, from Sunday, December 16 to Tuesday, December 19, at 4:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers, Fran's family asks that you consider memorial donations to the Occupation and Environmental Health Fund of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at donate.utoronto.ca/give/show/207.