Michael A. Silevinac, 62: Distinguished Navy veteran gave of himself to community

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BATH — Michael A. Silevinac, 62, died June 17 at his home, with his family by his side.

He was born Sept. 13, 1952, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the son of John and La Verna Penrod Silevinac.

He was a 1970 graduate of Bishop McCourt High School, in Johnstown.

Immediately after graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy and later would say it was the best job he ever had. During his service he was awarded numerous medals and honors, including “Sailor of the Year” and was instrumental in developing the SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape) school in Rangeley.

In 1992, after 22 years of service, Silevinac retired from the Navy as a lieutenant commander. He then worked for L.L. Bean Inc., Time Warner Cable, Bath Bus Service and Bomar Transportation.

In his spare time he pursued his love of golf, model trains, traveling and fishing. He also enjoyed spending time with family and friends at his camp in Gardiner.

Community service was important to Silevinac. He volunteered his time and and abilities to many local organizations, including the Boy Scouts, the Topsham Recreation Department and the Mt. Ararat Project Graduation’s spring fashion show.

From 1974-2001, he was married to Patricia Rosenbaum. In 2008, he married Dana Lee Kennerson.

Silevinac is survived by four children of his first marriage: Eric Silevinac, his fiancée, Barbara, and stepson, Luca, of Brunswick; Christa Silevinac, of Brunswick; Jason Silevinac, his wife, Emily, and their children, Louisa and Dolan, of Cumberland; and Joshua Silevinac, his wife, Lynn, and their child, Zeta, of Bowdoinham.

In addition, he is survived by his sisters, Mary Hattaway and Pamela Ocipa, and a brother, John Silevinac, all of Johnstown; a stepson, Joshua Sabean, stationed with the U.S. Air Force in Italy; and numerous nieces, nephews, Navy buddies and friends.

A Mass of Christian burial with full military honors was celebrated June 23 at St. John the Baptist Church in Brunswick. Burial at Maine Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Augusta will be at a later date.

The family suggests that donations in Silevinac’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.