Salem — Joanna (Salvo) Scalfani, 51, loving mother of Samatha Scalfani, died peacefully Sunday morning at the Kaplan Family Hospice House following a courageous battle with leukemia.
Born June 14, 1962, she was the daughter of Joseph and Anne (Pelletier) Salvo and was a lifelong resident of Salem, and graduated from Salem High School, Class of 1980. She then went on to earn her nursing degree. Joanna was dedicated to her career as an Oncology Nurse with Partners Health care. She started her career at Salem Hospital, then the North Shore Cancer Center at Centennial Park, and ultimately at Mass General where she worked until the time of her illness.
For 22 years, Joanna followed her passion and was dedicated to helping cancer patients and their families. In addition to her parents and daughter, Joanna leaves two sisters, Christina Thomas and her husband, Wayne of Beverly and Linda Wilson and her husband, Ken of Salem. She also leaves her nieces and nephews, Tanya, Steven and Alex Thomas, Matthew Wilson; and great-niece, Christa Stewart. She also leaves her beloved dog, Oliver Wendall.
Joanna enjoyed her family and friends, going to new restaurants, reading and shopping. Joanna wanted to acknowledge the staff at the Mass General Bone Marrow Transplant clinic; she was so appreciative of the compassion and respect they gave her.
ARRANGEMENTS: Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 28, at 3 p.m. at the Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal St. (corner of North Street), Salem. Visitation will be prior to the Memorial Service from 1 to 3 p.m. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Bone Marrow Transplant Fund, c/o MGH Development Office, Suite 1310 Boston, MA 02114 or Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan St, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. For online guestbook or additional information, please call 978-744-0497 or visit www.MurphyFuneralHome.com.