She was a beam of light in the darkness. She was a loud laughter in the silence. Silia Hurula passed away on September 17, 2021, forever joining those who are waiting for her beyond this life. She was born in Poutasi, Western Samoa on June 16, 1971, to late Suavai and Lina Wulf. She was the youngest of nine. She went to primary school at one of the village schools and was accepted to go to an all-girl’s school in the city, St. Mary’s College. And after attending St. Mary’s in Apia, moved to American Samoa where she graduated from Fa’asao High School.
Silia is preceded in death by her father, Suavai, her mother, Lina Salausa, her older sister, Elizabeth, her sister-in-law, Elena, her half-brother, Siaki, and older brother, Afele. She is survived by two children: Vincent (Susan) and Miriam, 6 siblings (Alfred, Vito, Malo, Tepa, Marie, and Oto), numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, ex-husband (Steve), and her fiancé (Ty Gerber).
Silia was loved by all she met. After moving to the United States, she lived in Appleton where she stayed for about 27 years. She was a devout Catholic through her whole life and trusted God throughout her journey on here on earth. She was introduced and became an amazing volleyball player at a very young age and continued to be an avid player up until her death. She played many of her games at Tanner’s in Kimberly. Aside from volleyball, she followed football very closely and after moving to the area became a huge Green Bay Packers’ fan. When she wasn’t watching a football game or playing volleyball, sometimes you would be able to find her at one of the local casinos. She was a supporter of the Oneida Nation, Menominee Nation, and going up as far as the Hannahville Indian Community in Upper Michigan.
As great of a teacher as she was for her two children, she became that for many more. Throughout the entirety of the 2000s, Silia’s home was a year-round childcare center, My Castle Family Childcare. After she ended her at-home business, she expanded her horizons and became the director of K’s Play Days in Menasha. She worked there for a few years and loved working with more children than her home childcare center. From there, she was approached by Ty Gerber to open and co-own a brand-new childcare center in 2012. Since opening, Silia has had hundreds of children come through their doors to learn and have fun in a child-centered environment.
Silia will be having a wake service and a funeral mass in the coming week. The wake will be from 4-7pm on Friday September 24, with a prayer service following, at Brettschneider-Trettin-Nickel Funeral Chapel, 606 N Oneida Street Appleton location. A visitation will be held the following day, Saturday September 25, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on 404 W Lawrence Street in Appleton at 9:30am followed by a Memorial Mass at 10:30am. From 9:45am until 10:15am during the visitation at church, traditional Samoan hymns, prayers, and speeches will be said and sang to help her spirit move on. Face coverings for both days a strongly recommended.
For flower donations, if they are arriving before Friday September 24, please send to 113 W Hancock Street Appleton, WI 54911. If flowers are arriving on Friday September 24, please send to Brettschneider-Trettin-Nickel Funeral Chapel at 606 N Oneida Street Appleton, WI 54911. If flowers are arriving on Saturday September 25, please send to St. Joseph Catholic Church at 404 W Lawrence Street Appleton, WI 54911.
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