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Joan B. Salerno

September 5, 1943 — April 27, 2024

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Joan Beverly Salerno passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Saturday, April 27. She was 80 years old. Joan was born in Rockford, IL on September 5, 1943 to Dolores Vrazsity and Bernard Hatlestad and graduated from East High School in 1961. She was a devoted wife to her husband Oresto Salerno for 58 years, and a loving mother to her daughter Angela Salerno-Hughes (Troy Hughes).

 Joan's life was a testament to love, kindness, and generosity. She found immense joy in the simple pleasures of life, particularly in her passion for gardening and cooking. Her green thumb transformed her backyard into a vibrant oasis which she graciously opened to family and friends. Her warm hospitality created countless memories for those who had the privilege of knowing her. Above all, Joan cherished her role as grandmother to Hunter Hughes and Lauren (Jack) Conness. She poured her heart and soul into creating magical moments with her grandchildren, showering them with unconditional love.  

Joan will be dearly missed. Her love knew no bounds, and her legacy will forever live on in the hearts of those she touched. Survivors include siblings Carol Allison, Susan Creviston, Mike (Tina) Vrazsity, and best friend and sister-in-law Josie Schmidt. At Joan’s request, there will be no services held. To send online condolences, please visit
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