March 3, 1967 – April 29, 2021
We lost a very passionate, loving and giving wife, mother, friend, and daughter on Thursday, April 29th. After a fierce three year battle with colon cancer, God called Laurie home to finish her work alongside family and friends who are waiting to see her. Laurie was born March 3rd, 1967, in Portchester, New York, to Lou and Christine Salfi. Cherishing her family, friends and community, Laurie was very proud of her New York Italian heritage and the neighborhood she was raised in. She loved cooking Sunday dinners for her family, hosting spectacular holiday meals, and at times, working alongside her mom to feed one of the boy’s sports teams meatball sandwich. She loved to see people gather and bond over meals, particularly when she was able to provide the cooking. A notably caring, kind and sharp woman, Laurie was always the number one defender and cheerleader for all of her children.
In addition to enjoying her role as a mom, Laurie was an adjunct lecturer for 15 years at SMU, her alma mater. In 2016 she was awarded the EXTRA MILES AWARD, presented by the SMU students for graciousness and sensitivity to students with learning differences. Whether it was her fight against cancer or her passion in supporting her children in school and sports events, Laurie always went the EXTRA MILE. In addition to everything else on her plate, Laurie oversaw the Hello Self Storage business and was an instrumental force in creating Hello Car Wash.
Laurie is survived by her husband Frank, their four children, Joey, John, Frank and Megan, her parents Lou and Christine, her sister Stacy, brother-in-law David, brother Louis, and sister-in-law Mary. Laurie loved her nieces and nephews from both sides of the family. They truly brought her joy.
Laurie’s family will be forever grateful for the prayers and support from the community, specifically the Jesuit, Ursuline, St. Paul and St. Rita families, as well as many friends and cousins from her childhood in Portchester. She felt their prayers right to the day God called her home. The support and prayers, along with her devout personal relationship with Jesus Christ, gave her the ability to end her battles against cancer and look forward to the next chapter of her life.
Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home. The rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. The family will visit again following the rosary. Laurie’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 7th, at Saint Rita Catholic Church, Rev. Wade Bass and Rev. Joshua Whitfield, co-celebrants.
It is the families desire that memorials be directed to Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation; www.vmydf.com.
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Mass of Christian Burial
Friday, May 7, 2021
Sharon Shriver Bell
May 4, 2021
Frank and Family, I am so sorry that we have lost Laurie's physical presence. I loved her smile and sparkle. She was always nice and ready to laugh. She impressed me with how talented and proficient she was at so many things. I'm sure her spirit lives on in all who she has touched including me.
May 3, 2021
What an amazingly strong woman.
Laurie, your legacy will always live on.
Frank and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Prayers for peace in your heart and wonderful memories...to be with you always.
Debbie Spinner Morales
May 1, 2021
I will forever cherish Laurie. She and I bonded over our sorrows and pains. These were different but the common thread was our strong belief in Jesus and in His gift of everlasting life. Laurie has comforted me in my loss, and I am forever indebted to her. I know she is with my girl in heaven, laughing and throwing a party with the angels ❤️🙏🏼 I thank the Lord for giving us a chance to know and love her. Bless you, Nuchereno family. I hope you will find comfort and solace in knowing so many of us are all here to support and love you.