Mary Alice (McMahon) Di Salvo

Mary Alice (McMahon) Di Salvo, 79, of Ridgefield, passed away in her home with her children Peter, Elizabeth, and Suzanne by her side on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.  She was the loving wife of the late Richard S. Di Salvo.
Born in Detroit, Michigan on June 24, 1939, Mary Alice was the eldest of the late, Edmond McMahon and Mary (Malloy) McMahon’s three children.
She was known for her modesty, elegance, kindness, and sensibility and was a cultivator of lifelong friendships, a voracious reader, a swimmer and skater of lakes, a skilled artist and designer, a perennial gardener, and a terrific dancer.
Most of her childhood was spent in Syracuse, NY where she graduated as Valedictorian of Saint Vincent de Paul High School in 1957. She was also crowned the 1957 Rose Queen of Syracuse. 
Mary Alice graduated from the College of New Rochelle in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. She spent summers waitressing with her Spring Lake gang on the Jersey Shore where she met and fell in love with Richie Di Salvo, a young engineer and Air Force officer.  After graduation, she worked as an engineering assistant for Bell Telephone and was a spokesmodel at the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing, NY introducing Bell’s cutting edge and soon to be available video-phone!
In 1964 Mary Alice and Richard were married in White Plains, NY and she subsequently advanced her apparel design skills at the Fashion Institute of Technology. In 1967 Rich and his “M.A.” moved their growing family from Larchmont, NY to Ridgefield, CT. 
As a young mother of three, Mrs. Di Salvo was active in Ridgefield Newcomers, the PTA, the League of Women Voters, and the Ridgefield Environmental Action Program. She was a key instigator of the Dump Ball and Memorial Day Float, a community action effort of the LWV and REAP, which raised awareness and funds for a town transfer station.  It was the talk of the town in 1974!
Mary Alice and Richard could often be seen spontaneously ballroom dancing at restaurants and gatherings. Her eye for style was evident in all she took on.  She contributed illustrations and graphic design work to local causes, created a unique home, and was famous for her Christmas cards.

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