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Maria (Gandolfo) Salerno | Obituary

Mary (Gandolfo) Salerno – 85, of Linden, passed away on Thursday, August 4, 2022. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 600 N. Adelaide St, Fenton. Pr. Celebrant David Harvey. Burial at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Fenton. Visitation will be held at Sharp Funeral Homes, Fenton Chapel, 1000 Silver Lake Road, Fenton on Monday, August 8 from 4-8 p.m. where a rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m.; and at the church on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. until mass time. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make contributions to the St. John’s Chapel Restoration Fund or the Linden Library “Linden Gift Fund”, 201 North Main St, Linden, MI 48451 Mary was born September 24, 1936 in Dearborn, daughter of Nicolo and Maria Carrao. She graduated in 1954 from Fordson High School in Dearborn; where she was president of the Spanish Club, Los Amigos, and worked for the Tower Tribune (school newspaper) as copy editor, and Fleur de Lis. After graduating, she was employed at Cadillac’s automotive division in the personnel department, later becoming secretary to the public relations manager. On October 22, 1955, she married Ignazio “Chuck” Salerno at St. Alphonsus Church in Dearborn. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and an active member of the Catholic Women’s Council of St. John’s. She was also a member and past president of POLD (Linden District Paraprofessional Organization), past board member of Linden Library, Open Gate Club (founding member) and Questers. Survived by his children, Charles M. (Patricia) Salerno, Michael S. Salerno, Frances (John) Elliott and Mary (Dave Taylor) Kolanowski; grandchildren, Michael, Jessica (Brady), Erica and Ethan; great-grandson, Mavrick; brother, Edward (Becky) Gandolfo; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son-in-law, Thomas Kolanowski; sister, Marguerite; and his brothers, James, Anthony and Philip. Online tributes can be shared on