Consolacion Cuevas Salud, 94, passed away peacefully, surrounded by immediate family on Sunday evening, September 10, 2017 at Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island, NY.
Born on September 2, 1923 in the town of Cuenca, Batangas, Philippines, Consolacion graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and went on to receive her Masters in Pilipino Language from the Philippine Normal College. She dedicated her life to the service of others, who as a teacher for 27 years, affected hundreds of lives, and whose professional advice others sought. As a deeply religious woman, Consolacion spent hours in daily prayer, and even considered joining the convent. She was turned down during the onset of World War II so that she can serve her own mother especially in light of the loss of her father, a former mayor at the time, who was taken by the Japanese during the war and was never again seen. After 13 years of engagement, she married her teenage sweetheart, Leonardo Salud in 1957. Together, they enjoyed traveling, especially touring the United States.
A few years prior to her retirement from teaching, Siony as she was affectionately called, took up a second career in baking and was quickly known for the delicacies like butter torte, cashew tarts, Food for the Gods, and Fundador Brandy-soaked fruitcakes that she passionately prepared at home.
In 1992, she emigrated with her husband to New York, where she continued various pursuits in retirement. She was an active member of FilAm Senior Cititzens Club of Staten Island, Stapleton Senior Center and of late, Sea View Adult Day Care. Siony was regarded by all those around her as someone who was easy and fun to talk to. She often offered sage advice to those who would be keen to listen. She thought of others constantly and prayed for each one for every occasion. She was an ever-present spiritual force for her family and especially for her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Siony was preceded in death this year by her granddaughter, Katrina DeSimone, and later by her husband, Leonardo Salud. She is survived by her daughters, Cecille DeSimone (John) and Cora Mariano (Alex), grandson Christian Mariano (Jaime), and great grandsons, Matthew Xavier and Jonathan Asher Mariano.
Funeral from the Matthew Funeral Home, 2508 Victory Boulevard, on Saturday at 8:30 AM. Funeral Mass at St. Patrick’s RC Church at 9:30 AM. Entombment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Family and friends may visit on Friday from 4 to 9 PM.