October 16, 1956 – September 9, 2014
Connie Salsiccia, 57, of Marlin, passed away Tuesday September 9, 2014, after a long and brave battle with a malignant brain tumor. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, September 11, at Adams Funeral Home in Marlin. A Holy Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Mass of the Resurrection will be 10 a.m., Friday, September 12, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with the committal service to follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. Father Celso Yu will officiate the Mass with Father Ron Feather to assist.
Connie was born in Waco, Texas to Lillie (Herzog) and Afton Tull. She grew up in Chilton in a large and loving family of five brothers and three sisters. Her greatest passion was spending time with her family. Connie always made holiday gatherings special whether it was frying a huge batch of chicken for Easter dinner, making her famous sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving, or treat bags for the kids on Christmas Eve. She told everyone she was so happy to have a large family and would not change a thing about her childhood.
She graduated from Chilton High School in May 1975 and upon graduation, Connie married the love of her life, Samuel L. Salsiccia. Together they had one daughter, Shelley. Connie was a devoted and loving mother; enthusiastically supporting Shelley in all she endeavored. Connie was thrilled when she gained a son-in-law, David, in 2005 and was extremely proud to be his sponsor when he was confirmed into the Catholic Church. In 2011, Connie and Sam were blessed with a grandson, Samuel Cooper, who inherited her looks and beautiful smile! He is “Honey’s” pride and joy.
Connie was loved by many and known as a person who would help anyone. You could often find her at church decorating for children activities, cooking for the priest, or donating her time and talents at the annual St. Joseph’s Fall Festival. Connie and Sam owned Neighborhood Grocery and Market in Marlin for many years. Connie was generous and never turned away a person in need; often giving customers groceries free of charge. All the neighborhood kids who came into the store never left without a piece of candy or a bag of chips. After retirement from Neighborhood Grocery, Connie worked at her hometown bank in Chilton then later for Tri-County Special Utility District in Marlin.
Connie is preceded in death by her parents, and in-laws, Carlo and Lula Salsiccia.
She is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, Sam; daughter, Shelley Smith and husband, David, grandson, Samuel Cooper; brothers, Kenneth Tull and wife, Martha, Sammy Tull and wife, Lucy, Michael Tull and wife, Kay, Danny Tull, Rickey Tull and wife, Tammy; sisters, Bonnie Jones, Marilyn Tull and fianc�, Garland Neumann, Rita Presley and husband, Mickey; brother-in-law, Don Salsiccia and wife, Margaret; sister-in-law, Josephine Neumann and husband, Billy; aunts, Mildred Airhart, Zena Greaser, Betty Jean Bethke; uncle, Paul Tull and wife, Lanette; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and special family friends, Kathy Haug, Lisa Stinson and Donna Ann (Adams) Kingrey whom she loved dearly.
God has called a special servant home. She touched many lives and will be greatly missed but we rejoice in His words knowing the Lord said unto her, “Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Matthew 25:23.”
Her family would like to extend a heart-warming thank you to Dr. Carl Chakmakjian and staff at Texas Oncology, Dr. Brian O’Grady and staff at Providence Neurological, Dr. Arthur Sudan and staff at Providence Internal Medicine and Dr. Juan Posada (formerly of Scott & White Oncology), Providence Home Care and most recently the caregivers from Providence Hospice. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Church, 311 Oaks St, Marlin, Texas 76661 or Providence Hospice, 4830 Lakewood Drive, Suite 2, Waco, TX, 76710.