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Cacilda "Cassy" Salusky

1948 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Cacilda "Cassy" Salusky Obituary
March 27, 1948 - July 30, 2017 Fondly known as "Cassy," born Cacilda Frances Pimental, she graced us with her energy and spirit from March 27, 1948 until July 30, 2017. Cassy was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to parents Severino and Louise Pimental. She grew up with her little sister Judi. She spent her early years in Massachusetts and Connecticut until moving to California around age eight. Cassy and her husband Robert shared two daughters together, Anna and Ida. Cassy enjoyed working with Robert at his optometric practice for many years. Both before and during her marriage to Robert, Cassy loved to travel. While employed with Estée Lauder as a sales rep, she spent every week in a different state, sometimes traveling abroad. Her favorite territories included Hawaii and Alaska. Robert and Cassy traveled together to Israel, Greece, Mexico as well as their favorite destination of Kauai. Cassy often said that her life began when she became a mom to Anna and Ida. She loved raising and caring for her family, which reflected in the many birthday parties, holiday celebrations, family dinners, summers at the beach, Bat Mitzvahs, graduations, and wedding memories that she was instrumental in creating. She was determined that her kids would never miss any opportunities to experience what the world had to offer. She made sure that her girls tried out ice skating, gymnastics, ballet, singing and various musical instruments, regardless of their individual talent. Cassy had an innate ability to read people and see their strengths and weaknesses. From the time that Anna was a little girl, Cassy decided that she would someday grow up to be an attorney. Anna did not have the heart to disappoint her. In addition to her role as a wife and mother, Cassy contributed countless hours to various community service projects including serving as the Sisterhood President for Temple Ner Tamid, taking an active role in the local PTA, volunteering at Downey Community Hospital and acting as a board member and the hospitality chair for the Downey Symphony. Cassy's music tastes ranged from classical to Motown. She was an avid reader who enjoyed a good mystery and built an extensive Agatha Christie collection. She also loved to garden and even managed to seed a new lawn and lay a sprinkler system in her backyard with the help of her then teenage daughters, who just loved working with PVC and steer manure. Cassy loved animals, as evidence by the menagerie of pets that she cared for over the years, including several dogs, cats and yes, even four ducks that were never meant to last a week past Spring Break but went on to lead healthy lives for many years in the family backyard. Cassy relished her role as Bubbe to Leah, Maya and Meir. She loved to spoil her grandkids as only a doting grandmother can. She always had an extra pack of gum in her purse and some goodies in a special kitchen drawer for her girls. Although Meir and Bubbe lived in different states, she loved receiving calls from her only grandson and chatting with him in her limited Spanish. She loved receiving photos and video clips of him learning to crawl and eventually walk. Cassy leaves behind a legacy of instilling a strong sense of family and motherhood in her two daughters. Her spirit continues to live through the family that she leaves behind. Cassy will be missed by her two daughters Anna and Ida Salusky, sons-in-law Kevin Mahoney and Alberto Coronado, and three grandchildren, Leah Mahoney (age eight), Maya Mahoney (age five) and Meir Coronado (twenty-two months), her sister Judi Laurent, niece Angie Laurent, nephew Tony Laurent and bonus kids Sheppard Salusky and Monica Salusky. She will also be missed by friends, neighbors and extended family.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 2 to Aug. 3, 2017
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