Merle Salemi passed away on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at the Baton Rouge General at the age of 87. She was a native of Sunrise and resident of Brusly. She was the 1952 Valedictorian of Port Allen High. Merle was a wife and mother first, raising her seven children. She then went to work as a West Baton Rouge Parish School Bus Driver and retired after 20 years. In retirement you could find Merle watching her TV shows, coloring, doing crossword puzzles or spending time with her family, which was her biggest joy. Visiting will be at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Brusly on Monday, October 25, 2021, 9:30 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 12 p.m., celebrated by Rev. Matthew Lorrain. Entombment will follow in the church mausoleum. Merle is survived by six children, Charles Salemi (Judy), Lynette Rivet, Lisa Salemi, Maureen Salemi, Christopher Salemi (Lisa), and Kellie Salemi; 11 grandchildren, and a "bus load" of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and her cat. Merle was preceded in death by her husband Charles J. Salemi Jr., son, Ronnie Salemi; siblings, Leonard Pourciau, Elaine Torrence, Nona Mae Oddi, and Anthony Pourciau. Special thanks to Doctors Culotta and Marcus and nurses, Becky and Angela. Please share memories online at www.wilbertservices.com
Published by The Advocate from Oct. 23 to Oct. 25, 2021.