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Mary Magdlene Salinger Avvampato

September 12, 1924 ~ February 20, 2019 (age 94)

     Mary Magdalene Salinger Avvampato, born in Steelton, PA, Sept. 12th, 1924 to Joseph M. and Katie (Grasa) Salinger, died peacefully in her sleep Feb. 20, 2019 at 94 years of age. Mary was a member of the “Greatest Generation”. She lived a very full life supporting her husband, Charles Joseph Avvampato, living in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Spain, W. Germany and France, finally settling in San Diego in 1968, with her final home in Alpine, CA.

     Mary was a devout Catholic and loving wife of 65 years to Charles before he died in 2008. She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Mary was an active member of St. Therese Parish in San Diego for 43 years and most recently at Queen of Angels in Alpine.

     Mary loved to cook a la Julia Child, was an excellent seamstress who sewed her own clothes, loved gardening, enjoyed the finest dark chocolate and tea and loved all of God’s creatures. Mary was an avid reader and music lover, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including eating the right foods and enjoyed walking and swimming until she could no longer do so. She loved to travel, especially going on road trips.

     Mary was the last of her siblings and was also preceded in death by 3 of her children: Charles III, Ann Louise and Charles IV. She is survived by 8 children: John Charles, Philip, Mary Jo, Richard, Robert, Joseph, Alice, and George, as well as 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

     Services will be held at Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Alpine, CA at 11am March 9th, 2019. Memorial Masses will be held at St. Therese Catholic Church in San Diego, CA at 7:30am on Monday, June 3rd, 2019 and at the 9am Sunday Mass on Sept. 8th, 2019. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or a charity of your choice.

Donations may be made to:

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856

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