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Ernestine M. Salvador


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Ernestine M. Salvador Obituary
Ernestine Marie Salvador, 79, of Greensburg, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. She was born Oct. 1, 1939, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Joseph F. Salvador and Everilda DeCarlo Salvador. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Sandra Salvador Lonigro. She is survived by her sister, Joanne Salvador Highberger and her husband, Edgar Baird Highberger; nieces, Cynthia Lonigro Hadley and her husband, Joseph and Nancy Lonigro Phelps, and her husband, Jeffrey; a nephew, Joseph C. Lonigro and his wife, Heather; and a brother-in-law, Carmen Joseph Lonigro. She was in the first graduating class, 1957, of Hempfield Area High School. She was a member of the Church of Saint Paul Roman Catholic Church, Greensburg, and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. She believed in the simplicities of life, but, in spite of it all, her life was unique and extraordinary. Ernestine was a free-spirited, loving person who put her heart into all of her endeavors, including honoring and helping family, cooking, gardening, hiking, bicycling and playing tennis. She was a self-taught cook who had worked for the Richard King Mellon family of Ligonier, during which time she served dinner to their many prominent guests, including the prime minister of Ireland and three-star general, Omar Nelson Bradley, of World War II renown. General Bradley was so impressed by his dinner that he went to the kitchen "to meet the cook" and to present her with a little gift. She also had worked for a Mrs. Storer, owner of newspapers in Miami, Fla. Enjoying warmth and sunshine, Ernestine lived in Miami for 25 years. Ernestine was athletic, and in her younger years would bicycle 25 miles from Miami to Fort Lauderdale to play tennis with friends, then bicycle back to Miami. At age 37, she reluctantly gave up a tennis game to do something that she had never done before. She entered a three-mile bicycle race--and won. She was one of nine women who competed in the open category of the "Miami 100 Bicycle Race" along Biscayne Boulevard. Ernestine was also artistic in nature and painted in oils and watercolor. She loved growing and arranging flowers and took two best-of-shows in two Westmoreland Museum of American Art "Art in Bloom" exhibitions.
Honoring her wishes, funeral arrangements were private. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg is in charge of arrangements.
www.bachafh.com.
Published in Greensburg Tribune Review on Jan. 6, 2019
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