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Salvina C. Vella

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Salvina Vella, 80, was welcomed into the kingdom of Heaven on May 14, 2017. Salvina was born in the village of Nadur on the island of Gozo in Malta to Joseph and Assunta Vella on October 15, 1936. She immigrated to the United States in 1955 and settled in West Brighton in 1982.

Salvina was the loving wife of Nazzareno Vella (d. 2009) for over 50 years. She was the beloved mother of Joseph and wife Lynne, Peter and wife Rebecca, Perry and wife Debra, and Monica and husband Peter. She was...

Salvina Vella, 80, was welcomed into the kingdom of Heaven on May 14, 2017. Salvina was born in the village of Nadur on the island of Gozo in Malta to Joseph and Assunta Vella on October 15, 1936. She immigrated to the United States in 1955 and settled in West Brighton in 1982.

Salvina was the loving wife of Nazzareno Vella (d. 2009) for over 50 years. She was the beloved mother of Joseph and wife Lynne, Peter and wife Rebecca, Perry and wife Debra, and Monica and husband Peter. She was the devoted grandmother to Lauren and Paul, Christopher and Alexandra, Perry Jr. (wife Kayla) and Victoria, and Jack and Penelope. She is survived by her sister Maria Muscat as well as cousins and extended family in Gozo.

A committed homemaker, Salvina always made sure her family ate their fill at each meal. She loved to garden and travel, especially with her family. She cheered on her children and grandchildren (often traveling by Amtrak to Connecticut on her own) at a countless number of hockey, baseball and softball games, swim meets, dance recitals, soccer matches, and karate tournaments along with all of their school activities. She loved life and always saw the bright side of people and situations, instilling her sense of morality, goodness and laughter in everyone she touched.

Salvina was an active parishioner and a dedicated member of the St. Joseph's Guild and Seniors Ministries of Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church. She participated in the Silver Sneaker's program at the Staten Island Broadway YMCA, where she exercised in yoga and zumba classes. Salvina loved Scrabble and was the YMCA Beatrice Victor Senior Olympics Scrabble Silver Medalist in 2015 and 2016. She could be found playing every Thursday with the Castleton Hill Moravian Church Scrabble Club or at any other time playing on her Kindle. Her children and grandchildren, however, still contend that her use of unusual words like qat, aa and za were cheating because she could never quite put them in a sentence.

To honor her life, friends may call at Harmon Funeral Home, 571 Forest Avenue, on Friday from 1:00 to 4:00 or 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church, 30 Manor Rd., followed by interment at St. Peter's Cemetery, 896 Clove Rd.

Memorial donations may be made to Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church. Please mail donations, including a note stating the donation is in memory of Salvina Vella, to Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church, 30 Manor Road, Staten Island, NY 10310.

Arrangements under the direction of Harmon Funeral Home, Staten Island, NY.