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Dorothy M. (Mercer) Salvaggio

April 5, 1925 ~ September 29, 2020 (age 95)


Dorothy M. Salvaggio, age 95, of Mars, formerly of Lancaster, passed away on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at Paramount Senior Living in Adams Twp.


Born in West Deer Twp., PA on April 5, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Homer B. and Bertha Lucas Mercer.


Dorothy met her husband, Frank in the “phone room” of Indiana State Teacher’s College, now IUP in the 1940’s and they were married on March 30, 1948.

Dorothy worked as an executive secretary. Her last job was Gould’s Pump, Inc. in Seneca Falls, N.Y., retiring in 1988.

She enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. and the World. She also loved Bridge, antique collecting, amateur radio operating, oil painting and flower gardening.

Although she had no children of her own, she took great pleasure in her many nieces and nephews.

She was a member of St. Anthony of Padau Church in Lancaster, PA, where she served as a lector for many years.

Surviving are a sister, Bea Miller (Doug), a sister-in-law, Madeline Mercer, and nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank M. Salvagio and by a sister, Martha J. Markle and two brothers, Homer B. and James C. Mercer.

Arrangements are under the care of the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA. Burial will take place in St. Anthony of Padua Cemetery in Lancaster, PA with her husband. Online condolences are available at

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