Maria Lina “Dina” Black, 70, of Cambridge Springs passed away Thursday, August 29, 2019, at Millcreek Community Hospital after a period of declining health. Dina was born on November 7, 1948, in Terceira, the Azores Islands, Portugal, the daughter of the late Joseph Silva and Maria Merces Martins Silva. Dina had worked for several years at Spectrum Control in Saegertown and then was employed in the housekeeping department of Edinboro University from 1993 until 2005. Dina was a dedicated, devoted mother and wife, an excellent cook who excelled at homemaking.
In addition to her parents, Dina was preceded in death by brother, Joseph Silva; sister, Irene Gomes; and brother-in-law Jeff Black.
Survivors include husband, John Black, whom she married on May 19, 1968; son, Christopher M. Black and his fiancé, Sheri Styles of Woodbridge, VA; daughter, Belinda M. Rippon of Belle Haven, VA; daughter, Carrie S. Black of Erie; granddaughters: Megan Black, Lauren Black and Adrianna Rippon; grandsons: Hunter Rippon and Kaeden Rippon; sister, Aida Leandro and her husband, Silverio of Cambridge Springs; sister, Teresa Erich and her husband, Chuck of Akron, OH; brother, Isolino N. Silva and his wife, Karen of Meadville; brother, Nemesio Silva and his companion, Joe Tickle of Jamestown, NY; brother-in-law, Terry Black and his wife, Barbara of Erie; sister-in-law, Deborah Black of Cambridge Springs; sister-in-law, Brenda Jones and her husband, Tom of Guys Mills; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to call at the Van Matre Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs on Monday, September 2, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Father Mark Nowak of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Cambridge Springs officiating. Interment will be held at Venango Cemetery.