Margaret E. Salvini
Margaret Ella Salvini, who was Marge, Mom, Grandma, or Gee-Gee, depending on who was loving her at the moment, passed away on October 14, 2016, just a few weeks short of her 100th birthday. Margaret was born to Nelson H. and Margaret McGrory Phillips on November 25, 1916 on Dean Street in Brooklyn, New York. As a result of a family tragedy at the age of nine, she and her brother and sisters were cared for by the Dominican Sisters. When Margaret finished the eighth grade, she was prayerfully sent out into the world and became a devoted nanny to two families, and a valued office assistant to a family physician. While she was working at a USO function in New York City, she met "the handsomest man I'd ever seen," she said. She and James J. Salvini were married on February 6, 1944. After his discharge from the Army Air Force following World War II, they lived in Hobart, New York, where Marge became wife and business partner in the Hobart Radio & Electric Company. Her on-the-job training and her bright mind gave her business skills and knowledge beyond the offerings of any academic institution, and the business was known and respected in the surrounding counties. She and Jim raised four daughters, and sent them all off to college: Margaret Sharp (Frank), Roberta Case, M.D. (Richard), Elizabeth Ann Hardesty (Thomas), and Gloria Jean Pryhuber, M.D. (Keith). She is also survived by seven grandchildren (James, Katherine, David, Joseph, Jeffrey, Jennifer, and Andrew), and six great-grandchildren (Micah, Dominic, Evan, Joel, Daniel, and one on the way), and a special niece and nephew. She was preceded in death by her beloved Jim, in 1983, shortly after their retirement to Winter Haven, Florida in 1981. During those 25 years in central Florida, she was encouraged to buy and learn to drive a car. She became very active at St. Matthews Catholic Church in Winter Haven. She managed her own affairs, and created untold numbers of beautiful crocheted and hand-crafted items. She left behind many friends and neighbors in that area when she moved to Midland, Texas in 2006 to be with her daughter Roberta's family, until she left for her heavenly reward. She often said she had an angel on her shoulder, who is, no doubt, still guiding her. The family is very grateful for the love and attention Marge received from friends and special caregivers and her church families through the years. There will be a visitation at Ellis Funeral Home on Monday, October 17, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with rosary following. A memorial mass will be held at St. Ann's Catholic Church on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Burial and graveside service will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Stamford, N.Y. with friends and family in attendance. Online condolences may be offered at www.ellisfunerals.com .
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