Dorothy P. Sallese

[Age 83] Worked in advertising for 24 years

October 04, 2007

Dorothy P. Sallese, who worked in the classified advertising department of The Sun for more than two decades, died Friday of an inoperable tumor at her Towson home. She was 83.

Born Dorothy Plichta in Baltimore and raised on Washington Street, she was a 1941 graduate of Patterson High School and was a Coast Guard Auxiliary member during World War II.

Mrs. Sallese was an office worker until going to work in the classified advertising department of The Sun in 1968. She took advertising and death notices until retiring in 1992. Mrs. Sallese had served as secretary of the Baltimore Sun Retirees Association.

She collected Coca-Cola memorabilia and model lighthouses of the Mid-Atlantic region. She also was an accomplished cross-stitcher and liked playing bingo.

Her husband of 46 years, Frank P. Sallese, a trucking company office administrator, died in 1996.

Mrs. Sallese was a communicant of St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Tuesday.

Surviving are two sons, Michael J. Sallese of Forest Hill and Gerard J. Sallese of San Antonio; three daughters, Angela M. Sallese of Watertown, Mass., Victoria A. Sallese of Towson and Paula M. Sallese of Parkville; five grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and two step-great-grandchildren.

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