Dr. Carolyn Spiro Silvestri
November 17 1952 - February 17, 2019
Dr. Carolyn Spiro-Silvestri passed away on Sunday February 17, 2019 after a brief illness.
Carolyn, along with her twin sister Pamela (now known as Phoebe), was born on November 17th 1952 in Tacoma Washington, though Connecticut was where she spent most of her life.
Carolyn attended Brown University and Sarah Lawrence for her undergraduate studies followed by a degree from Harvard Medical School. Before studying medicine, Carolyn spent a year in New York City pursuing modern dance and though she did eventually trade a dance career for a career as a psychiatrist, dance in its many forms (especially ballroom and ballet) was always a life-long passion.
As a physician, Carolyn spent many years in a thriving private practice, where she employed a particularly empathetic method to psychiatry. Her special approach as a psychiatrist was influenced in part by her beloved twin sister’s struggle with schizophrenia which is documented in their memoir, Divided Minds.
In her personal life, Carolyn was proud to have raised two children, Allison and Jeremy. She was also blessed with the love of her husband Sal Silvestri, with whom she spent the last 15 years of her life. She and Sal always believed that “it’s never too late for happily ever after,” and they truly embodied that every day that they were together. Sal taught Carolyn all about the tropical fish hobby and Carolyn taught Sal all about dancing and together they learned how to love absolutely and unconditionally.
Carolyn is survived by her husband Sal, her children Allison and Jeremy, stepsons Sal Jr. and Christopher, son-in-law John, daughters-in-law Cassidy and Liz, and grandson Finn, as well as her siblings Pamela (Phoebe), Philip and Martha, sister-in-law Linda, and her nieces and nephews Hannah, Claire, Oliver and Adriane.
A wake will be held on Sunday February 24th from 2-6 PM at Collins Funeral Home in Norwalk CT, followed by a funeral at 10:00 AM on Monday February 25th at St. Philip Church in Norwalk and burial in St. John Cemetery, Norwalk. All who loved Carolyn are welcome to attend these events.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks mourners to send donations in Carolyn’s name to either:
The National Alliance on Mental Health:
The National Dance Institute