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Life Story: Virgina Saladini-Schwend, 81; Longtime Township Resident

Mrs. Virgina Saladini-Schwend passed away Oct. 14 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. She was 81 years old.

Mrs. Saladini-Schwend was born in Wilmington, DE. She relocated to The Bronx, but has been a resident of Somerset since 1964.

Virginia worked for over 25 years as a Research Administrator for Ortho Pharmaceuticals in Raritan. She was also a longtime parishioner at St. Matthias Church in Somerset. In her younger years, she was very athletic and played various sports like softball, volleyball and paddleball; just to name a few.

She was pre-deceased in 2014 by her husband, Robert Schwend; her son, Robert Schwend in 1968 and her sister, Noemi Granick. She is survived by her daughter, Victoria Schwend and her spouse, Mikki Sanford of East Brunswick; her brother, Salvatore and his wife Helene; along with many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Visiting will take place from 4-8 p.m. on Oct. 16 at the Gleason Funeral Home, 1360 Hamilton St.

A funeral mass will begin at 9 a.m. Oct. 17 at St. Matthias Church in Somerset. Committal services will follow at St. Peter Cemetery in New Brunswick.

Contributions in lieu of flowers in Mrs. Saladini-Schwend’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at www.stjude.org.

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