Anna “Maria” Salerno, 96

October 09, 2020

Anna “Maria” Salerno, Age 96 of Lancaster, PA, passed away on October 9, 2020 at the Mennonite Home in Lancaster, where she had resided since September, 2014. She was born in Puccianiello-Caserta, Italy on November 29, 1923 to the late Aniello and Maria Michela (Sacco) Fusco and was the widow of Alexander “Sandy” John Salerno who passed away in 2000.

Maria met and married the love of her life, Sandy, during World War II while Sandy was serving in the United States Army stationed in Italy. Maria would visit the camp and did sewing and ironing for the soldiers. A wonderful relationship developed and they married at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Santa Barbara, Italy on August 30, 1945. Maria came to the United States in 1946 and became a United States Citizen in 1948. She was so proud when her husband, who was a Barber, purchased the then Gene and Jack Barber shop on N. Duke Street across from the Lancaster County Courthouse in 1966.

Maria worked as a laborer at the former Polan Katz Umbrella Factory and Schick Electric Corp. before retiring.

She was a former member of the Woman’s Auxiliary of the Lafayette Fire Company and the Knights of Columbus. She was also a member of the Italian-American Club of Lancaster and St. Anthony of Padua Seniors Club.

She volunteered over 25 years for St. Anne’s Retirement Home doing sewing, driving residents to Kmart and working the annual chicken BBQ.
She enjoyed sewing for her family, friends and neighbors. She knitted and crocheted many Afghans and Doilies, she enjoyed gardening flowers and vegetables and she enjoyed cooking and baking. She also enjoyed her many trips to Italy to visit with her family and friends.

She is survived by her two daughters, Rose Marie Salerno wife of Michael Hutchinson of Campbell, CA and Linda A Conley wife of Larry Conley of Ocean Pines, MD, her daughter-in-law Janet Salerno of Mechanicsburg, her grandchildren Laura Patterson, James Patterson, Michael Salerno and his wife Lauren, Marc Salerno and girlfriend Danielle Shealer, Sheila Hershey wife of Jeremy Hershey, her great-grandson Shae Salerno and great-granddaughter Ariya Salerno. She was pre-deceased by her son Anthony (Tony) Salerno, her brothers Celestino Fusco and Nicola Fusco and her sister Rosaria Bifulco.

The family would like to thank each nurse, physician, and other healthcare personnel who cared for Anna Maria and helped her meet her daily needs, which enhanced her quality of life, for the years and days up until her passing. The support of family and friends was and is deeply appreciated.

This message was seen in print and we felt it captures our experience of our Mother at the end of life. “Alzheimer’s eventually destroyed her ability to embrace others but it did not destroy her family’s ability to recognize that love transcends all things. The darkness is now gone and the light has returned”.

A graveside service will be held at 11AM on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at the St. Joseph New Catholic Cemetery, Bausman, PA. Father Michael Metzgar of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Mennonite Home Communities c/o The Benevolent Fund at 1520 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601.

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October 18, 2020

I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Maria.  I have so many memories of her and Sandy from when we lived across the street from each other to the many visits with each other throughout our early years.  I remember our families getting together at Mt Gretna and still have pictures from those days. 
Bob Cook

October 17, 2020

Dear Rose and Linda and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I understand how hard it is to loose a loved one. I have such fond memories of your parents , from when we were young. Your folks were so special to me. I learned a lot from your parents. Sending hugs to you and all the family! Love, Marilyn Flory Silvius 

October 17, 2020

Deepest sympathy from the Lancaster Italian Cultural Society.

October 14, 2020

I am so sorry to read of your mother’s passing. I fondly remember your mother and father and the many times we would visit with your family when we were kids. 
Dan Cook (Butch)

October 13, 2020

I am so very sorry for your loss.  Sitting with Aunt Maria during her visits and hearing her stories always brought joy to my day.  She will be missed.
Melissa Moon Krenitsky

October 13, 2020

Dearest Rose Marie and Linda, I’m really so sad your mum passed away. We’d like our parents were always with us, but life decides as she wants. Have our condolences and all our love. I hope to meet you, sometimes. A big hug. Ciro and Anna Maria D’Angelo

October 13, 2020

I am sorry for passing of your mom.  She was a wonderful person and always smiling.  She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.  I have many fond memories of her and your Dad.  Sending you and your family hugs and prayers.
Tina Zima

October 13, 2020

We are so very sorry for your loss and send our heartfelt condolences.   Your Mother was such a wonderful person and we have many special memories of her. 
Sending our love.  
Dolores and Jack Moon

Saturday, October 17, 2020
11:00 AM
St. Joseph New Catholic Cemetery
Charles Road
Bausman, Pennsylvania
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