Editor’s note: The following obituary was provided by relatives of the late Pauline DiSalvo.
Our mother passed away unexpectedly yet peacefully on Nov. 18 surrounded by our love, after a full life giving, caring, loving and most of all just happily enjoying a life.
Pauline was born on Oct. 24, 1926, in Brooklyn, New York, to Italian immigrants. At age 17, Pauline left school to help support her family and followed her mother and grandmother and went to work in a factory making ladies garments in Manhattan. Pauline spent the next 58 years making ladies clothing until her retirement at age 75. In 1956, Pauline married “Red” DiSalvo and together they raised two children. Pauline was an incredibly devoted wife and mother who loved and cared for her husband and children deeply. In 2002, Pauline and Red moved to Glenwood Springs to be closer to us. Our mother was a woman of tremendous faith and devoted all of her free time to helping others and serving God. Pauline became a member of the United Methodist Church and regularly attended services and volunteered her time doing whatever was asked of her. She found great comfort and peace at church and enjoyed the messages as well as the social aspect. Pauline never had any problems meeting friends, and church was no different; she was so grateful for her church family and gained great strength from them. Knitting was a lifetime passion, she would often knit baby clothes for newborns and enjoyed giving them to strangers, family and friends. Pauline was also a proud member of Threads of Love, a volunteer group that met on Tuesdays at Valley View Hospital. Over the years the group has knit hundreds of prayer shawls; the shawls would be given to patients to provide warmth and comfort along with a healing prayer. Pauline was appreciated by all the people who knew her at Valley View and was recognized as an outstanding volunteer. In 2005, Red passed away. Pauline spent the last 10 years of her life traveling the world with family and friends. This fall Pauline visited Moscow and eastern Europe. This photo was taken last month on her 89th birthday party and truly captures her spirit. We will miss our mother tremendously and find comfort that she lived a full life, gave to others and passed peacefully in our presence. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 5 at the United Methodist Church, located at 824 Cooper Avenue in Glenwood Springs. We ask that donations be sent in lieu of flowers to the Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Edwards, Colorado.
We thank you all for your support and love. — Petrina, Erik, Marcy and Joe
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