Nancy R. Salmon

July 15, 1947November 20, 2018
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Nancy Raiano Salmon of Amsterdam NY and Orleans MA passed away on November 20th, 2018 from complications due to a brief and unexpected bout of pneumonia. She was 71 years old. Her Funeral Mass will be held Friday, December 7th at St. Joan of Arc Church in Orleans, MA, with a gathering of friends and family afterwards. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Nickerson Funeral home of Orleans, MA. Nancy, known as “Mina” to many of her friends, graduated from Wilbur H Lynch High School in Amsterdam NY. Her most cherished memories of that time were of the theater productions led by Bert DeRose. “Mina” worked onstage and off as both a performer and, more often, as student director or stage manager. She loved the theater and her fellow performers very much. When not in the theater, Nancy could often be found at “Mac’s Confectionary” her parent’s store on Glen Avenue. Mac and Virginia Raiano loved her and were proud of her. Nancy went on to earn her degree at Russell Sage College in Troy NY, and continued her education, pursuing and obtaining her paralegal degree later in life. Nancy worked hard and conscientiously at everything she did, from running the checking department at Amsterdam Savings Bank, to running the jewelry department for a department store, to serving as paralegal for a local law firm. She volunteered locally at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and The Sir William Johnson Society. Nancy and several of her dear friends were also well known for their organization and contributions to the annual Festival of Trees charity event. Whether volunteering or employed, Nancy tackled every job she ever had with purpose and energy. Later in life, Nancy brought that same energy to the sport of showing purebred dogs. She co-owned and bred champion Irish Setters, Irish Wolfhounds, and English Pointers. The weekend before she passed, she attended the National Dog Show in Philadelphia, where her wolfhound won best of breed. Her friends in that sphere were like a second family to Nancy, and participating in a show, big or small, always filled her with joy and excitement. She is survived by her beloved husband Jim Salmon, also of Amsterdam and Orleans. He and Nancy were married for 31 years. She is also survived by her son, Christopher Noble, her two lovely grandchildren, her former husband John Noble, and by many, many, cousins in the Raiano, Pisano and Carlucci families. Her warmth, quick wit and bright smile will be missed by family and friends alike. A funeral mass will be held at St. Joan of Arc, in Orleans, MA on Friday December 7, 2018 at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given in Nancy’s name to Take The Lead, a nonprofit she supported that provides support and care for people in the sport of purebred dogs who suffer life-threatening or terminal illnesses. For online condolences please visit


  • Jim Salmon, Husband
  • Christopher Noble, Son


  • Memorial Mass Friday, December 7, 2018

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Mary Beth and John Bottisti

December 14, 2018

Dear Jim, Christopher and Family,
John and I were so terribly sad to learn of Nancy’s passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
We have many wonderful memories of New Year’s eve brunches, long talks on the phone and watching Christopher grow into a wonderful young man.
Every year for the past 39 years, I think of her fondly when I place the ornaments that she made us on our Christmas tree . She was endlessly talented and a great friend.
May the love and prayers of all of us sustain you at this most difficult time.
With deepest sympathy,
Mary Beth And John

Sharon Watroba Burns

December 9, 2018

Mina, I hope you're prepping the sets and getting the stage ready for when we all join you. I'm requesting a BIG dressing room with good lighting! And of course, dogs will be allowed in your theater. My mind is full of great memories and big laughs and winners' ribbons. Please give my Jim and Bobby Tolson a hug for me. Love you, Mina..........The P

Anne Marie Kubacz

December 7, 2018

When Nancy and Jim met us in Saratoga to evaluate their Irish setter puppy Barclay little did any of us know it would be the beginning of a special friendship. They became members of the Ramblin' Red family.

Not only did they enjoy dog shows but they supported the wonderful Take the Lead charity. Nancy decorated the Irish Setter Culb of America's annual awards tables three times. She was Eastern Irish Setter Association's trophy chair and her tables always garnered comments from others for the beauty

Nancy and Jim had many a meal at the Kubacz show setup and Nancy's desserts were always the favorite. Our meals at Nationals, Wine Country and SD,&G were so much fun.

Nancy also accompanied Randy and me to Disney world twice and I gave here the whirlwind tour from dawn til midnight. She loved every minute

She was so thrilled when Chris could join us. It was such a gift that Chris, Jim, Randy, Peter and I spent a great Saturday together the weekend before she died, watching Gertrude in the hound group for the National dog show. Nancy beamed with pride. Nancy looked so fabulous!

It showed us all that tomorrow is never promised and we need to treasure every moment together

Godspeed my friend

Jim, you will always be part of our family.


Anne Marie, Randy & Peter

Melissa Chester

December 5, 2018

Nancy was a beloved "second mom" to me during high school and college. I loved going to see her, especially at Christmastime when she had the house decorated to the hilt. I remember our times with "Mookie" one of her beloved Irish Setters. Her selflessness and love for her friends was evident always--she and Jim sent my husband and me a beautiful bowl for our wedding, and I hadn't seen her in many years. She helped my mom get through so much-the passing of my dad, the passing of our beloved Bunky. Nancy was one of the "good ones." I will miss having her soul here on Earth, but I am proud to say I knew her and that I know where she is now. Much love to Jim and Chris and the grandkids.

Pete & Charla Barkevich

December 5, 2018

We were so sadden to hear of Nancy's s sudden passing. I have many fond memories of Nancy when she was working at ASB. There is no words to lessen the sorrow of losing someone so precious, but please know that Pete & I care very much and wish you strength at this sad time.

Pete & Charla Barkevich

December 5, 2018

We were so sadden to hear of Nancy's sudden passing. I have fond memories of Nancy while she was working at ASB, There

Thomas Stewart

December 4, 2018

To Jim and all of Nancy's loved ones,
What a terrible shock to read of her passing. With the blink of an eye I can visualize all of us on stage at Wilbur H. Lynch in one of Mr. DeRose's productions, where we first experienced the joy and camaraderie of theater!
So much of that spirit came from Nancy with her infectious energy! My great blessing to have known her. Not to mention the many kindnesses over the ensuing years she extended to my late mother.
May she have a beautiful and eternal rest.
Tom Stewart

David Collins

December 4, 2018

We were so sorry to hear this. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Rose and David Collins

Sharon & Frank Brooks

December 3, 2018

Dear Jim & family,
I was heart broken to hear of Nancy's passing. I remember her well from high school through her work with you in the law firm. She was certainly called home long before her time. Nancy was a wonderful woman who loved her family & her dogs.
I pray that God will hold her gently in his hands until you are all together again

Sharon Black

December 3, 2018


I was so sorry to read of Nancy’s passing. I have fond memories of her from high school years and ASB, and of the years working with you , too, at the Bank.
Memories of our loved ones help get us through this difficult time. May you find peace in yours.

Keeping you in prayer,
Sharon Black