Joanne Angela Saltamartini
1933 - 2013 NORTH ADAMS Joanne Angela (Mancuso) Saltamartini, 80 of 83 Furnace St., died Saturday May 11, 2013, at North Adams Regional Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born in North Adams on April 7, 1933, daughter of Joseppe and Nicolina (Filicetti) Mancuso. She graduated from Drury High School with the class of 1951. Joanne also graduated from Springfield College and North Adams State College.
She was first employed at the WT Grant Store and later worked at Sprague Electric Co. where she met her husband. In 1965, Joanne became a pre-school teacher
with the Berkshire County Head Start Program, where she worked for 40 years until her retirement. She was also the first person honored as its Employee of the Year.
Joanne was a communicant of St. Anthony of Padua Church and a former member of its Children of Mary. She was a charter member of the St. Anthony Carnival Committee and was a member of the St. Anthony Parish Council and its finance committee. Joanne was also a founder and charter member of the LaFesta di San Antonio committee and a member of its board of directors.
She also was a member and officer of the Haskins School Parent Teacher Association; a den mother for the local Cub Scout troop; and a member of the North Adams Sons of Italy. Joanne was the co-chair of the Class of 1951 Reunion Committee and also enjoyed her monthly luncheons with her classmates.
She was devoted to her family and enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Joanne also loved working with the young children at her job with Head Start.
Her husband, Anthony Angelo Saltamartini, whom she married Oct. 4, 1952, died Nov. 29, 1999.
Survivors include one daughter, Lisa Davis and her husband, Thomas of Manchester, Conn.; two sons, Anthony J. Saltamartini of North Adams, and Mark A. Saltamartini and his wife, Kathleen, of Raleigh, N.C.; six grandchildren, Kristine McGrath and her husband, Sean; Anthony Saltamartini and Angela Saltamartini, all of North Adams; Michael Davis of Manchester, Conn., Blake Saltamartini of Raleigh, N.C., and Jessica Walden of Adams; five great-grandchildren, Kayla, Megan, Adalie, Ethan, and Connor; three sisters, Rita Trifoni of Southbridge, and Frances Schmidt and Carmela Brazeau of North Adams; one brother, D. Peter Mancuso of Pittsfield, and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Her daughter, Paula T. Saltamartini, died May 25, 2005. Four sisters and one brother are deceased, including Mary Piccolo, Margaret Brule, Catherine Lipa, Dorothy Beaupre, and Albert Mancuso.
FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral for Joanne Saltamartini will be Saturday, May 18, 2013, at 10 a.m. from FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St., North Adams, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. Burial will follow in Southview Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home will be Friday from 3 to 7 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to VNA-Hospice of North Berkshire or Elder Services of Berkshire County in care of the funeral home.
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