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  • Florto R. (Floyd) (Fats) Salvagni

  • Florto R. (Floyd) (Fats) Salvagni, 95, a longtime St. Johnsville resident, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, with his loving family by his side.

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  • Florto R. (Floyd) (Fats) Salvagni, 95, a longtime St. Johnsville resident, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, with his loving family by his side.
    He was born Aug. 11, 1917, in Maenza, Italy, the son of the late Paolo and Adelaesia Salvagni. Florto came to America with his family, at the age of five, in 1922 and was educated in St. Johnsville schools.
    His marriage to Esther Balderston took place on June 16, 1946, at St. Mary’s Church in Little Falls. The couple shared a blessed union of 50 years until her passing on May 4, 1996.
    Mr. Salvagni was a World War II Army veteran, enlisting on April 4, 1941, and was honorably discharged on Sept. 14, 1945, with the rank of PFC. While serving his country, he served in the Big Red 1 Unit, also was deployed in the Invasion of Normandy and received the following medals, American Defense Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal with Bronze Service Arrowhead and Good Conduct Medal.
    Fats was the owner and operator of Floyd’s Barber Shop in Fort Plain for 49 years and worked for 10 years at Ideal Hair Fashions in St. Johnsville with his daughter, Barbara.
    Floyd was a member of the Fort Plain VFW Post No. 3275, a member of St. Johnsville American Legion Post No. 168, was an avid golfer and, in his leisure, he enjoyed watching a variety of school sporting activities.
    Survivors include his son, Robert Salvagni and wife, Carol, of Herkimer; two daughters, Barbara Stagliano and husband, Dominick, of St. Johnsville, and Mary Ann Jones and husband, Gary, of St. Johnsville; a brother, Rudy Salvagni and wife, Rose, of Canajoharie; his loving grandchildren, Steven and Elizabeth Stagliano, Emily and Mark Snell, Jennifer Salvagni, Jason and Jessica Salvagni, Jonathon Salvagni, Gregory and Michele Jones, and Sarah and Tim Barnes; seven great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Helen Balderston, of Little Falls; several nieces and nephews; a cousin, Laura Fontana, of St. Johnsville; and Kim Snell of St. Johnsville, who was like his third daughter.
    He was predeceased by a sister, Lola Lisa, and his brothers, Louis and John Salvagni.
    Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at 8:45 a.m. from the Vincent A. Enea Funeral Service, 20 Bridge St., St. Johnsville, 518-568-7040, and at 9:30 a.m. from Holy Family Parish, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Reverend Thomas Lawless, pastor. Burial will follow at St. Johnsville Cemetery. Friends and relatives may call at the funeral home on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, from 5 to 8 p.m.
    All memorial contributions may be made to S.A.V.A.C. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
    To add to Floyd’s online memorial, please go to www.vincenteneafuneralservice.com on the Internet.

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