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Lorraine A. Salerno


1927 - 2012 | Obituary Condolences
Lorraine A. Salerno Obituary
Long time La Jolla businesswoman, Lorraine Salerno, passed away on Good Friday, after a lengthy illness. Born in Chicago, Illinois, she was the daughter of Italian-Austrian immigrants. She met her beloved husband Frank, in Chicago where they wed and began their life together sixty years ago. As was typical in their generation of Italian-Catholics, their lives were blessed by eight healthy children. The family moved to San Diego in 1973 where they reestablished their roots, both in the community and their local church.
One of her greatest joys was cooking for family gatherings. She showered those she loved with food, love and encouraging words. She was an adoring and supportive grandmother, known to all as "Nonni". She loved to travel, realizing her lifelong dream of visiting Italy in 1985, where she experienced a sermon by Pope John Paul II.
When most of her eight children were raised, she looked for another way to care for others. She recognized a need in the community for obtaining private home care services. In 1977 she sought to fill that need by pioneering the oldest private duty home care agency in San Diego County today, La Jolla Nurses Homecare and Registry. Since that time, her agency has provided nursing services to thousands in the local community.
A devoted wife, she was preceded in death by her husband Frank, in 2004. Her son Rich and her grandson Nicholas also preceded her. She is survived by her remaining children; Dominic, Mimi, John, Frank, Brittnei, Suzie, Robert, their spouses, as well as grandchildren Bryan, Daniel, Julie, Mike, Max, Sarah, Sophia and William, and her loyal Golden Retriever, Lido.
Published in La Jolla Light on Apr. 19, 2012
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