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Josephine Salami

Staten Island, New York

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February 9, 2021
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Josephine M. Salami, 70, Mathematical Wizard, Real estate and Insurance Broker, Beloved Mother and Sister
 
Josephine M. Salami, co-owner of the Island-renowned Insurance Brokerage Welsh Agency, Inc. with her late husband Esfandiar, passed away at home at the age of 70 on February 9, 2021.
 
Born and raised Josephine Capasso in Rosebank, Josephine attended St. John Villa Academy elementary and high school, skipping a grade due to her outstanding grades.  She entered City College as a freshman at age 16, where she first met her future husband, Esfandiar ("Steve"), an Iranian immigrant born in the town of Babolsar in 1942 and who immigrated to the United States in 1961. 
 
The couple dated for a number of years before marrying in 1972 at the Labetti Post under the watchful eye of Josephine's parents, "Big Mike" and Rose Capasso.  The couple then settled into the home where they remained married for 44 years on Clifton Avenue, raising a family of two children, oldest son Steven and younger daughter Michele.
 
Josephine earned a Master's Degree in mathematics and worked as a teacher at St. John Villa Academy High School, teaching calculus, geometry, algebra and other mathematical subjects to high school students for almost a decade through the year 1983.
 
She retired at that time to purchase Welsh Real Estate from the retiring William Welsh with her husband, partnering as real estate brokers.  From mathematician to real estate broker, this was the type of individual Josephine was - a risk taker and a trail blazer in every sense of the word.
 
For the first 5-6 years, Welsh functioned solely as a real estate office but ultimately transitioned to a multi-service firm, offering both real estate and insurance services to clients.  Josephine was the face of the business, meeting directly with clients, quoting them for their insurance policies and helping them at the time of renewal to save money on their policies. She was a backbone of the Agency, a licensed insurance broker who also had her series 7 license.
 
Josephine not only worked directly in a hands-on fashion with clients, but she simultaneously handled the books, the payroll and ensured that office ran smoothly while her husband both built homes and listed homes for sale.
 
Josephine was a devout, devoted and dedicated wife and mother, cooking family meals on a nightly basis even though working a 9-5 schedule her entire life. She enjoyed exercising on her ski machine and treadmill, vacationing in locations that ran the gamut from a family timesharing at the Pocono ski resort in Shawnee Village in Pennsylvania to Hawaiian vacations in both Maui and Oahu, along with countless trips with her husband and family to Ocean City Maryland and Cape May, which was her favorite getaway.  Other notable family vacations were frequent trips to visit their daughter Michele in Minnesota and Los Angeles, Arizona, Florida and one Thanksgiving spent in Vermont.
 
Josephine was known for her love of mathematics, often repeating the phrase "Math is fun" to her students so often that they purchased her a T-shirt to wear during class.  Her other famous saying was “Numbers are your friends, you can always count on them”. She took devilish pride in ruining the evenings of family members and friends while watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune because she would solve the puzzles long before anyone else had a chance to read them.
 
Josephine maintained an extra special bond with each of her family members, especially her parents "Big Mike" and Rose, both Rosebank natives who raised her at their home on Saint Mary’s Ave.  Josephine never strayed far from the family home, moving around the corner in Rosebank next to her sister Rose, where the sisters lived  side by side for many years, often visiting and providing each other with the necessary support that only family can offer.
 
Josephine had an endless and boundless love for both of her children, Steven and Michele, and they both returned their mother's love in kind.  Josephine spent countless hours with them as they were growing and she made an impression upon them that will last a lifetime.  She was a warm homemaker and a symbol of love in the family home that was the true heartbeat of the family.
 
Josephine is survived by her two children, Steven and Michele, her sister Rose, brother Michael and brother Joseph.  Oldest brother Angelo has passed away but lives on in spirit as does her husband Steve.
 
Funeral arrangements have been trusted to A. Azzara Funeral Home, 183 Sand Lane, SI, NY 10305.  Visiting will be from 9:00am - 11:00pm on Thursday, February 18, 2021 and a funeral mass will take place at St. Josephs Church in Rosebank at 11:30am.  Internment follows at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Grasmere.

Face masks and social distancing rules apply at funeral home, church and cemetery. Thank you. 

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Steven and family,
I will always remember her contagious laugh, home cooked meals and how she adored and looked at your dad amongst many other fond memories.
My deepest condolences to you and your family.
Cheryl

Dear Steven, Michele and family, I am so saddened to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a wonderful and warm person. I will always remember her friendliness. It was my pleasure to have known her and your Dad. Of all their accomplishments, their greatest joy was their children. Rest In Peace Josephine. With sincerest sympathy, Julie Cardinale

She was a wonderful teacher! A joy to be around. Praying for the family

Villa class of ‘84

Mrs. Salami was my favorite teacher at St. John's Villa Academy! Sweetest and Kindest and a the truest champion of her students! Thank you Mrs. Salami for your encouragement and faith in me! My thoughts and prayers are with her family xoxo