It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our beautiful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend Jeannette Marie Silacci. Jeannette was born in Watsonville, Calif., to Frank and Louise Rodgers on Aug. 23, 1946. Her courageous three-year battle with cancer was lost on Nov. 22, 2018 (fought with the utmost grace, strength and… on her own terms, with the help of her “go-to guy” Padre Pio).
She loved being the baby of the family and grew up in the Salinas Valley. She loved horses, gardening, music, decorating, and the arts. She was incredibly creative and gifted at so many things and was always willing to share her many talents with others. She graduated from North Salinas High School. She married her high school sweetheart, Duane Hignel, and was married until his passing in 1991. She worked at Swenson & Silacci Flowers for thirty years. She was an incredible musician and had the voice of an angel.
In 1992, she met her current husband Kenneth Silacci and they relocated to Paso Robles, which she always referred to “as darn near paradise.” Ken and Jeannette enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends. Jeannette enjoyed singing with the Diocesan Choir and playing music for her parish. She dedicated her life work to help raise awareness for the Respect Life family. She was devoted to her Faith and her family always!
She was preceded in death by her first husband Duane Hignel, oldest sister, Betty Fleming and stepdaughter Terri Silacci York. She is survived by her husband Kenneth Silacci, her daughter Nyla Padgett (Brian) of Paso Robles and son Matt Hignel; her sisters Marlene Day and Darlene Inman, and brother Dick Rodgers; extended family Karen Felice, Dave, Doug and Gary Silacci; 21 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and Augie, her beloved golden retriever.
Viewing will be held Thursday, Dec. 6 at 4 p.m., Rosary vigil at 5 p.m. at Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Home, 1703 Spring St., Paso Robles, Calif. Funeral Mass is on Friday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 820 Creston Rd., Paso Robles.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church or Rachel’s Vineyard, 225 Laverne Avenue, Clovis, CA 93611. Special thank you to Wilshire Hospice and her dedicated Prayer Warriors. Jeannette’s legacy will never be forgotten and will be carried on through generations to come.