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Carmen M. Salotti

6/4/2017



Carmen M. Salotti (nee Manzo), age 83 of Port St. Lucie and formerly of Paterson, NJ, died on June 4, 2017 in Port St. Lucie. She was the daughter of Patersonians Albert and Marion Manzo.

“Cheech,” or “Aunt Carm” as she was known to all, was an incredible, fun loving member of the Manzo family, and the best aunt that her nieces and nephews could have ever wished for! Aunt Carm was always deeply involved in the lives of her nieces and nephews. So much so that she was like a surrogate mom to each of them. She taught them to laugh, love, dance the Cha-Cha, enjoy the theatre, speak Italian, cook Italian, and so much more. Her affection extended to everyone and she has more dear friends than you could ever count.

Aunt Carm also had a wonderful sense of adventure that took her all over the world. In fact, the story of how she met her husband Lou was an adventure unto itself. Carm went on a vacation to Italy in the 1960’s and met Lou. That adventure never ended, and they have remained together ever since. Carm and Lou were married on December 18, 1966 at St. Gerards RC Church in Paterson and they honeymooned in Italy! They lived for several years in Paterson before choosing Southern Florida as their home in 1975. They lived in Fort Lauderdale for about twelve years before making Port St. Lucie their home for the past thirty years. She was devoted to her darling husband for more than fifty years and the two of them did everything together, like the best of friends. They had traveled around the world many times to countless destinations of which Australia was her most favorite, and New Zealand was a close second. Aunt Carm’s passing leaves a large void that will be difficult to fill, but the love and memories she leaves will continue to bring smiles to all who knew and loved her.

Carmen is survived by her beloved husband Louis Salotti of Port St. Lucie, her sisters-in-law; Elisa Manzo and Nina Hundt, her brother-in-law; Michael Mariconda, and many nieces, nephews, and extended family whom she loved dearly. She was predeceased by her siblings; Albert Manzo, Theresa Mariconda, and Frank Manzo.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Sunday, June 25, 2017 from 2-6 PM. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, June 26, 2017 at St. Gerard’s Majella Church, 501 W. Broadway, Paterson, where at 11 AM a Funeral Mass will be offered. Burial will follow at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa.

Donations in Aunt Carm’s memory would be appreciated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105, or by visiting www.stjude.org.

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