February 22, 2023

Sandra J. Salvati, 81, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023, at her daughter's home in Staunton, Ill. She was born in Radford, Va., on May 18, 1941, to John Lewis Roop and Hattie Louise (Simpson) Roop. She married Richard S. Salvati on June 10, 1971, in Washington, N.J., and he preceded her in death on Aug. 11, 2007.

Mrs. Salvati was a homemaker and a retired babysitter.

She is survived by her only daughter, Laura (Thomas) Heigert of Staunton; and a sister, Rose Roop of Roanoke, Va.; and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Salvati was preceded in death by her husband and three siblings.

Visitation will take place at Becker and Son Funeral Home in Mt. Olive on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. She will be buried alongside her late husband at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery on Friday, Feb. 24, at 2:15 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or Benld Adopt-a-Pet. Condolences may be left online at

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