Malachi Ashenafi Siltzer

August 31, 2016
Malachi Ashenafi Siltzer

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Malachi Ashenafi Siltzer, 8, died on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at the Elizabeth House from complications related to brain cancer.
Born in Wolayta, Ethiopia, on February 3, 2008, he arrived in the United States a year later following his adoption. Malachi was preceded in death by his mother, Kelly McKeown Siltzer, and paternal grandfather Richard D. Siltzer.
Malachi is survived by his father, Jay Siltzer and his paternal grandmother, Mary Siltzer, both of Hendersonville; his maternal grandparents, Walter and Mary McKeown of Union, SC; godparents, Dwayne and Tiffany Houser of Candler; his uncles, aunts, and cousins include, Niel and Wendy McKeown of Union, SC and their children, Kole and Sydney; and Victor and Elizabeth Kingsmore of Union, SC, and their children, Marah and Cayden.
A parishioner at Immaculate Conception Church and a rising third grader at Immaculata Catholic School, Malachi inspired The Book of Malachi, which raised thousands of dollars for patient-assistance charities.
A memorial mass will be held at 2 pm Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at Immaculate Conception Church with Fr. Martin Schratz officiating. A reception will follow in the school gymnasium. Committal will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to Immaculata Catholic School, 208 7th Ave, W. Hendersonville , NC 28791.


Tuesday, September 6, 2016
2:00 PM

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church - Directions
208 7th Ave. West
Hendersonville, NC 28791

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  • September 01, 2016
    Alton Connor says:
    Jay, I cannot imagine the grief you are going thru at this time, but please know that I am praying for you, as are multitudes of people. I pray that your strong faith and God's grace will sustain you at this difficult time. My heart breaks for you, but at the same time, I rejoice that this precious little guy now has a healed body and is rejoicing in Heaven tonight. I will never forget a Saturday morning, maybe last year sometime, that I was in SteinMart in Hendersonville, and you and Malachi came in. You didn't stay long because Malachi was all over the place and I just got so much pleasure watching him and his super wonderful zest for life and a smile that could brighten the darkest day! Please take care of yourself and know that you will remain in my prayers and thoughts now and always. With my Heartfelt thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy ~ Alton

  • September 01, 2016
    Madeline St Onge says:
    Jay I am so sorry for the pain you are dealing with. May Malachi RIP with his mom and grand dad I know he got the best care ever at the Elizabeth House, those nurses should sprout wings. You are in my prayers

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