CLERMONT, Fla. — Sheila Ann Salvato, age 44, of Mount Verde, Fla., formerly of Ashtabula, Ohio, passed away suddenly on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at South Lake Hospital.
Born on May 17, 1968, in Ashtabula, Ohio, she was the loving daughter of Joseph and Patricia (Meaney) Salvato and lived in Ashtabula until 1996. Sheila graduated from Happy Hearts School in May of 1990.
Following school, she worked at Ash/Craft until moving to Florida with her mother in 1996. Sheila went to work for Quest in Apopka, Fla., until 2008.
Sheila attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ashtabula, where she made her First Communion, and was confirmed at Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church, also in Ashtabula.
A gifted and talented musician, Sheila played with her mother and her Aunt Pauline in the Fairport Polkateers for six years and later played with the Magic Buttons, based out of Cleveland, Ohio, for nine years. As a member of the Magic Buttons, Sheila participated in three professional recordings, went on two Caribbean cruises, and traveled to Fontana, Calif. She loved to play the tambourine, maracas, bells and cabasa. She was also a Bronze Life Time Member of the Cleveland Polka Hall of Fame.
Sheila will be remembered for her gift of music, her ability to see good in everyone, her many successes in her life, her warm and loving smile, and her deep love of family and friends.
Sheila is survived by her parents, Patricia (Meaney) Salvato of Orlando, Fla., and Joseph Salvato of Mentor; sister, Janet (Salvato) Dombroski and her husband, Ted Dombroski, of Guilford, Conn.; brothers, Patrick Salvato and his wife, Robin (Parson) Salvato, of Orlando, Fla., and Brian Salvato and his wife, Kristin (Ruhl) Salvato, of Springfield, Va.; four nephews, Michael Dombroski, Brian Dombroski, Thomas Salvato and Zachary Salvato; three nieces, Krysta Salvato, Brianna Salvato and Kara Salvato; her loving aunt, Pauline Meaney of Orlando, Fla.; and her uncle, William Meaney and his wife, Jane, of Louisville, Ohio; and cousins, Barbara Meaney of Louisville, Ohio, and Joann Meaney of Houston, Texas.