Anne Salipante

Obituary of Anne Salipante

Anne Marie Salipante

1944-2018

Anne died from lung cancer on August 7, 2018. She lived a life filled with caring personal relationships that were highly valued by those who knew her. Throughout her life she made and kept fast friends across great distances, generations, and cultures. While living in Colorado, at the tender age of 15, her mother died unexpectedly, and as the oldest child, she assumed the sudden responsibility of mothering her younger siblings. That experience had a dramatic impact on her and shaped her life going forward.

She had an uncanny gift for understanding and respecting others' needs and desires, especially when she was relating to children. When she and her husband Paul raised their own family in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and later when living in Pittsburgh, she joyfully encouraged and frequently joined her children and grandchildren in loving, instructive play. When they lived for a time in Belgium, she humored her children's requests to enter and examine every medieval cathedral that they encountered in their travels. Anne's own needs were expressed through creative pursuits: she loved working in her garden, and she tried her hand at many different crafts, never reluctant to take on some new challenge.

Anne was skilled in adapting and learning. At Emmanuel College in Boston her most difficult course was organic chemistry. Despite that, she subsequently assisted in leading-edge biochemistry research in a laboratory at the University of Chicago. And even though she lacked any formal education in library science and initially disliked computers, her intellectual curiosity and a desire to help others led her to become expert in online reference work at the Coventry branch library in Cleveland Heights. She volunteered and worked at that library, where she learned and then taught American Sign Language, providing help and resources for the deaf community throughout the Cleveland area.

As anyone who knew her can attest, Anne had a quiet, often humorous, and always loving way about her. The loss of her company is deeply missed by those she has left behind.

Anne was pre-deceased by two of her siblings, Richard and Patricia. She is survived by husband, Paul, children Jeff (Linda King) and Elizabeth Carter (Greg), grandchildren Kevin, Jason, Brian, Owen, Laura, Maggie, Bridget and Megan, and numerous nieces and nephews as well by Susan, Bill, Catherine, Steve, and Michael, her younger siblings.

Donations in Anne's memory may be made to her favorite charity, St. Augustine Hunger Center, at staugustine-west14.org or by check to 2486 West 14th Street Cleveland, OH 44113. The family is planning a memorial service for the future.