Service


Date:

February 23, 2018

Start Time:

10:00 AM

Location:

Tonini Funeral Home

Address:

2135 SW 9th St., Des Moines

Visitation


Date:

February 22, 2018

Start Time:

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Location:

Tonini Funeral Home

Address:

2135 SW 9th St., Des Moines

Frances R. Salvato

Frances (Fran) Rosemary Salvato, 95, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 16, 2018, at Taylor House, surrounded by family. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, February 23, 2018 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 15 Indianola Road in Des Moines. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, with a Rosary immediately following at Tonini Funeral Home, 2135 SW 9th Street in Des Moines.

Fran was the oldest of five children born to Domenico and Josephine Salvato in Des Moines, on September 20, 1922. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1940.

After graduation, Fran worked as a secretary at Bruce Motor Freight. She later worked for Northwestern Bell/AT&T selling advertising for the Yellow Pages until she retired in the early 1980’s. She was also a very talented dance instructor, teaching for a local Arthur Murray Dance Studio.

Fran was a lifelong member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, and a long time member of The Italian-American Cultural Center of Iowa. She enjoyed playing cards, traveling with her dear friend, Dorothy, reading, laughing at the crazy antics of all the family pets, and getting together with family.

Fran is survived by her brother, Joseph Salvato, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Clyde Salvato; sister, Rosemary Palmer; and sister, Kathleen Baumgardner.

Fran’s family would like to express their deep gratitude to all of the wonderful folks of 3801 Grand, as well as Unity Point Hospice. They all helped to make Fran’s final days as comfortable as possible.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony Catholic Church, Unity Point Hospice, Iowa Public Radio, or AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport.

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