The Times West Virginian


April 16, 2014

Tony Salerno Jr.

Tony Salerno Jr., 83, of Shinnston, passed away Monday (April 14, 2014) at his residence with his family at his side.

He was born Feb. 22, 1931, in Wyatt, a son of Tony Salerno and Maria Rosa (Yock) Salerno.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Mary (Cookie) Blidgett Salerno; one son, Michael Salerno of Shinnston; and one grandson, Gage Hoit of Fairmont. He is survived by two brothers, Sam Salerno and wife Phyliss of Michigan, and Bill and Martha Salerno of Pine Bluff; two sisters, Jennie Snider and Polly Salerno Costa, both of Fairmont; sister-in-law, Rose Salerno of Michigan; brother-in-law, Tony and Mary Jane Blidgett of Clarksburg; special nieces, Toni, Aubrie and Aliza Williams; special nephews, Nicholas and William Salerno; and many other nieces and nephews along with great-nieces and -nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Patsy Joe and Albert Salerno; and four sisters, Rosie, Gay, Antoinette and Mary.

He was a veteran of the Korean conflict, having served in Japan as staff sargent in the U.S. Air Force. He retired from Salerno Brothers Inc. He thoroughly enjoyed farming, cutting hay and enjoying horses with his brother Bill and nephews Nicholas and William.

The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. today and from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday at Dorsey Funeral Home, 701 S. Pike St., Shinnston. Services will be held at Jewel City Church at 11 a.m. Friday with Pastor Robert Shingleton officiating. Interment will be at Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent at

Dorsey Funeral Home is honored to serve the Salerno family.

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