Rosalia Salerno, 85, of Bradford, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 at the Pavilion at Bradford Regional Medical Center.
She was born Aug.17, 1927 in San Fratello, Italy, a daughter of the late Benedetto and Carmela Franchina Artino.
Mrs. Salerno immigrated to America in 1960 with her son. Her first sight of America was the Statue of Liberty, from the railing of a passenger ship, on a very cloudy and cold January day.
She lived in Wilcox for nine years before moving to Bradford for 44 years where she began working as a waitress at the Holiday Inn. Despite having her education limited by the Great Depression and WWII in Europe, she began her own business in property management, at one time totaling 35 homes and apartments. Her generosity to her tenants when their own situations were dire was something few others knew about.
She was a member of the St. Bernard Catholic Church, the Pennhills club and the Bradford club. She loved to garden, having her home garden included in local garden viewings. She also bequeathed land to Evergreen Elm, so allowing them to start their Garden program, still a Bradford success story. She gave back to humanity through her quiet generosity – supporting many organizations of children in need.
Her other fondness involved education and being active with the University of Pittsburgh. Her initial donation along with many other generous people, helped to bring about the University’s Harriett B. Wick Chapel.
She is survived by one son, Antonio (Susan Leiby) Salerno, Palo Alto, Calif.; five brothers and sisters living in France and Italy, and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her husband Frank Salerno and two brothers.
Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the Harriett B. Wick Chapel at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford with the Rev. Chuck Schmitt, retired pastor, officiating.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her honor to the Evergreen Elm Garden Fund, 71 Main St., Suite 303, Bradford, PA 16701.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc., Bradford.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.maschofuneral.com .