Salerno, Victoria Alexandria

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

July 27, 1920 May 15, 2010. It is with great sadness that her family announces the unexpected death of Victoria Alexandria Salerno (Raycevich) on Saturday, May 15th, 2010. A long time resident of Maple Avenue, mom was born in Stuartburn, Manitoba to Ivan and Sophia Tkachuk, and was the last living child of a large farming family. Sent to live with relatives in Winnipeg, she remained there until her marriage to Milan Raycevich in 1937, when they moved to Port Arthur, where she has remained. Throughout her life mom has had a variety of jobs. During WWII she helped the war effort by making airplane wings, then worked at the Abitibi small mill as a pulp maker. Post WWII, she worked in various retail jobs, her favourite selling linens at McNulty's. Mom excelled at everything she did. An excellent cook (half of Red Rock has her special recipe for cabbage rolls and scratch spaghetti sauce), and a superb baker, she also knitted, crocheted, sewed, and has left us with the most marvelous needlepoint pictures. Her home was her castle, especially her flower beds. Although she sponsored two children in Columbia through World Vision, her greatest love was for all creatures, great and small. She gave generously to the Thunder Bay and District Humane Society, Toronto Humane, OSPCA, IFAW, Ontario Wildlife Fund, and the CWF, to name a few. She firmly believed that mankind needed to help, all animals and birds, or the world would be a poorer place. Mom is survived by her three children; Milan (Joyce), Red Rock, Mitchell (Sandra) Thunder Bay, and daughter Sharon. Also surviving are granddaughters, Melanie, Calgary, Elizabeth (Marcu) Berube, Thunder Bay, grandsons Donald (Shanda) Red Rock, and Kevin. There are three great grandchildren, Sydney and Marcel Berube, and Charlotte Raycevich, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by both husbands, Milan Raycevich and Thomas Joseph Salerno, her parents, brothers John, Alex, Kost, George, Steve and Bill, sisters Mary, Jennie, two sets of female twins (in infancy), and two granddaughters Kelly and Kristie. Left to mourn her loss also are her two beloved dogs, Cody and Benji. As per mom's wishes, cremation has taken place, and there will be no service. Interment will take place at Sunset Memorial Gardens, in a private family ceremony, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Thunder Bay and District Humane Society would be greatly appreciated.

"Yes, they'll all be there to meet me, all creatures smiling sweetly."

She has gone to join those who await her at the Rainbow Bridge.

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