Kathie “Lynne” Salvatore, 74, of Aurora, Colorado passed away quickly and quietly with her two sons, wife, and life-long friend at her side at Denver Hospice on Monday, July 5, 2021. Kathie was a comrade to, and the dear friend and confidante of, innumerable people during her lifetime, including relatives of both families she married into, and vast numbers of former clients and professional colleagues she came to know during her 45+ year professional cosmetology career.
Although she wouldn’t personally refer to herself as a “navy brat,” as the daughter of a U.S. Navy submarine chef (and as many armed services families were prone), she lived in many different places growing up, including Michigan (where she was born), New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maryland, Florida, California, and Hawaii. Her family eventually landed in Denver where Kathie graduated from Mapleton High School in 1964. Kathie stayed in Denver, established roots, and acted upon her innate talent for cosmetology by completing the requisite program at Bonton Beauty School, after which she obtained her Cosmetology License in 1966. That same year, she married Bill Salvatore, Sr., with whom she gave birth to and raised two wonderful sons.
Lynne was a talented and award-winning hair stylist and colorist, and before ultimately owning and operating her own cosmetology business, Lynne initially worked for Avon Beauty Salons in Cherry Creek, followed by positions with Joslin’s and Dillard’s (who purchased Joslin’s). During her tenure with both stores, Lynne was consistently a top performer and money maker in the Joslin’s and Dillard’s Salon Divisions nationwide for over two decades, often landing within the companies’ Top 5 earners.
Since 1966, Lynne accumulated numerous awards and recognitions, winning local and regional hair cutting & styling competitions in Colorado, and holding leadership positions within the Colorado Hair Cutting Association. Eventually, Lynne’s talent and accomplishments permitted her to become a national hair styling & coloring educator/instructor. Always willing to share her craft with others, Lynne mentored several new cosmetologists, supporting them in their prospective careers.
Among her many other interests and activities, Kathie was an avid hiker and voracious skier – skiing as many black diamond runs as she possibly could, and summiting over two dozen of Colorado’s famous ’14-ers.’ Kathie was dedicated to her physical health and condition which permitted her to flourish mentally, physically, and spiritually in all that she pursued. By the time she passed, Kathie had just celebrated 34 years of sobriety.
Kathie devoted a significant amount of time to raising money for a breast cancer cure by participating in several Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation ‘Walks for a Cure’ where participants walk 60 miles over a 3-day period after securing donations from various friends, family, and other supporters. Kathie found these walks incredibly inspirational and gratifying, and always recruited friends to do the walks with her.
Importantly, Kathie was always a lover of all animals, raising and owning an uncountable number of cats and dogs throughout her entire adult life – all of whom were inexplicably but understandably drawn to the energy, liveliness, and love that she radiated. Kathie was able to impart to her sons the importance of pet care and maintenance, as well as the significance of a pet’s death and the sorrow associated with that.
Kathie Lynne is survived by her spouse, Jane Lemmers. Kathie is also survived by her two sons: Bill (Daniel Jackson) Salvatore (Denver) and Jeffrey (April) Salvatore (Mancos, CO), as
well as her ex-husband and continued friend, Bill Salvatore, Sr. (Aurora). Kathie is also survived by her granddaughter, Sophia Zinnia Salvatore (Mancos).
Additionally, Kathie is survived by four siblings: sisters Lucile I. (Becky Robinson) Tabcum (Denver) and Debbie S. Mollan (Texas), brother John G. Ranes (California), and sister, Risa Kay Hayes (Denver). While she is survived by her nieces Jennifer Gard-Eret (Michigan) and Nari Tabcum (Hawaii), and by nephew Kwai (Josie) Tabcum (Shawnee, CO), she was preceded in death by her nephew Paul (Jacquey) Tabcum. Finally, Kathie is survived by her cousins Robert Crawford, Rick Crawford and Jude Hogaboam (Michigan).
Kathie was preceded in death by both of her parents, John “Jim” W. Ranes and Doris Irene Hayes, her paternal grandparents Joshua and Ruth Dowell, and maternal grandparents John and Orma I. O’Berry. Kathie was also preceded in death by her Aunt Eileen Crawford and Uncles John O’Berry, Jerry O’Berry, and Lou O’Berry.
A Memorial & Celebration of Life event is scheduled for 11:00am on Saturday, August 7th, 2021 at Horan & McConaty, located at 11150 East Dartmouth Avenue (at Parker Road), Aurora, Colorado 80014.
In lieu of sending flowers, please consider making a donation in her name to either the MaxFund Animal Adoption & Rehabilitation Center (www.maxfund.org) or the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org).