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Nilda Saliente Wolford

Nilda Saliente Wolford

Nilda Wolford, 67, of Hastings, passed peacefully at home April 5, 2019 surrounded by family, following a battle with cancer.

Nilda was born and raised in Jaro, Leyte island, Philippines to Graciano and Tomasa Saliente. She enjoyed life on the family coconut plantation and played jokes on her 4 brothers and 6 sisters. She met and married Laurence Wolford in Manila in 1971 while he was in the Navy. They moved to Crosby, MN and started a family. As her children grew, she earned a CNA license and took care of the elderly. She also had a long career as buffet hostess at Treasure Island Casino.

Nilda had endless energy and a vibrant smile. She sang and danced through life. She loved her grandchildren, joyfully attending school functions and events.

Nilda never forgot her roots, eagerly visiting and helping family in the Philippines, sending clothing or education money. When Typhoon Haiyan hit in 2013, she organized a benefit with friends and family to rebuild homes in Jaro, Leyte. Recently, she was helping siblings rebuild the family home.

Preceded in death by former husband, Laurence Wolford; father, Graciano Saliente; mother, Tomasa Saliente; sister, Gianina Tanala; brother, Teodulfo Saliente; and brother, Graciano Saliente, Jr.

Survived by son Rodney; daughters Nena (Peterson) and Trish; grandchildren, Kiya and Cassidy (Peterson), Dominic and Isabella (Wolford) and Cash and baby (Paulno); sisters Alicia (Operario), Melinda, Zenaida (Merentes), Lilian and Cleofe (Berdan); brothers Nestor and Dan; partner Helson "Sonny" Pascua; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Celebration of Life service on Friday, April 26, 2019, 4pm-7pm at STARKSON FAMILY LIFE CELEBRATION CHAPEL, 3075 Vermillion St., Hastings. In Memoriam Cards preferred to family. Flowers welcome.