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John Michael Salani


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John Michael Salani Obituary
John Michael Salani, 88, beloved husband of Linda Salani, passed away on May 15, 2016, at his home in Hendersonville. A first-generation American whose parents immigrated to the United States from Italy, John was born on March 14, 1928, in Schenectady, New York. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Angela Pardini Salani; his brother, Harold Salane; and his sister, Lillian Mahoney.
Upon graduation from high school, he served for three years in the U.S. Navy before attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he majored in electrical engineering.
Following his college graduation, he held a variety of engineering and marketing positions during a 20-year career with RCA followed by a second 20-year career as president of Allcom, a small company specializing in industrial and hospital communication systems. While employed by RCA, he married his first wife, Ruth Kuehner Salani, who passed away in 2006 after a short illness; he and Ruth were married for 50 years.
At the conclusion of his work career, John and Ruthie moved to Hendersonville for retirement.He liked golfing when his health permitted and was proud of making two holes-in-one at the golf club while living in the Kenmure community. He enjoyed traveling, model airplanes, and was active in volunteer work with the Blue Ridge Humane Society and Habitat for Humanity. He also served for 18 years on the office staff of First Presbyterian Church where he met his wife of six years, Linda Stearns Salani.
In addition to his wife, Linda, he is also survived by one daughter, Nancy Salani Naizer and husband, Greg of Austin, Texas; one son, Steven Salani of Los Angeles, California; and several nieces and nephews.
A service to celebrate John's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2016, at the First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville with the Reverend Dr. Mark Ralls officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations in John's memory be directed to the following: The Blue Ridge Humane Society, 1214 Greenville Highway, Hendersonville, NC 28792; Habitat for Humanity, 1111 Keith Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792; or to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.
An online guest book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in The Times-News on May 22, 2016
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