Rita M. Salamun, 64
June 4, 1953 — Dec. 8, 2017
Rita Margaret Salamun (née Heim) of Belgium, passed into eternal grace
on the morning of Dec. 8, 2017, with her only child. Michele Salamun, by
Rita was born into this world on June 4, 1953, to her late parents
Arthur B. and Margaret Heim (née Schauble). Rita was also preceded in
death by her father-in-law, Peter J. Salamun, sister-in-law Cathy Heim
(née Tokie Shimizu) and brother-inlaw Everett McDaniel. She is survived
by her siblings, Gerald (Connie), Arthur F. (Marsha), Arlene McDaniel
(née Heim) and granddaughter Adeana Salamun. Further survived by nieces,
nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Rita was raised in Grafton, above her father’s business, Heim’s Shoe
Store, where she began working as a teen. She graduated from Grafton
High School in 1971, married Charles P. Salamun shortly after and moved
to Milwaukee. In 1972, she welcomed a daughter into her arms and soon
returned to Grafton. She worked for 20 years repairing shoes, jackets,
bags, tents, flags and other various items for the community.
She began volunteering for a women’s shelter, which awoke a new passion
in her and compelled her to return to school for a social work degree.
She took great pride in getting both her undergraduate and graduate
degrees later in life. She was a fantastic therapist who used her life
experiences to relate to others with compassion and empathy. The work
she did with troubled youth and their families was extremely gratifying
to her. She cared about the youths as if they were her own. and the
families were better for their experience with her. In her youth, she
was an accomplished seamstress, having sewn her own wedding dress. She
spent many years improving her technique in stained glass. She loved to
travel, tent camp, vacation to and explore new places, take trips on her
motorcycle and attend various motorsport events.
Later in life she became a staunch advocate of women’s and children's
rights and the rights of people with disabilities. She was an
intelligent, curious woman who loved traveling and exploring American
history. She loved the arts and music; exploring her own creativity
through poetry, jewelry making, decoupage and papier mache. She was
constantly on the lookout for things she could up-cycle into something
more beautiful or with a new purpose. She also took on many woodworking
and home remodeling projects without reservation. She was always looking
for her next challenge and rose to it every time.
She was a loving, nurturing mother and friend who inspired others to
push social boundaries and themselves. Her gentle spirit will be dearly
missed by all who knew her.
Services will be held Saturday, Dec. 16 at Friedens Church, 454 N.
Milwaukee St., Port Washington, WI. Visitation to begin at 10:30 a.m.
with service at 12:30 p.m., followed by fellowship. Interment will be 3
p.m. at St. Joseph Cemetery in Grafton. In lieu of flowers, memorials to
the family are appreciated. For online condolences please go to