Maria Galanti

Maria Galanti, 90, died on May 3, 2020, in York, PA, at the home of her daughter Cathy.

Maria was born in Rome, Italy, on February 11, 1930, a daughter of the late Alfredo and Caterina Galanti. She is survived by her daughters Cathy Dunn, wife of Norman Lightner, and Victoria Denlinger, wife of Richard; grandchildren Rick, Tony, Luke, and Julia; step-grandchildren Peter, Lora, Mike, Greg, and Kate; and great-grandchildren Mason, Brooklyn, Zane, and Miles.

She came to Lancaster from Florence, Italy, as a war bride in 1947 and graduated from Emile’s Beauty School in 1955. She was the owner and operator of the Florentine Beauty Salon until her retirement in 2015.

Maria was a member of the Lancaster Italian Cultural Society and loved cruising, ballroom dancing, and watching Jeopardy.

A private service will be held for the family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Olivia’s House, 830 S. George Street., York, PA 17403, or Hospice & Community Care, 685 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17604.

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  • Vicky, Cathy, and extended family— My family and I are so sorry for your loss of your mother. Our condolences, prayers, and thoughts are with you!! May you have many happy memories of your mother to comfort you!! Love, Suzie Valentino and the Valentino Family

  • Cathy and Vicky,
    So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I have such fond memories of growing up on Second Street and playing at your home down the block, as well as above the shop when we all moved to Orange Street. Maria also did my mother’s hair for years, and was such a beautiful woman, inside and out, as evidenced by the beautiful women you both became. My heart and prayers go out to you and your families for your loss.

  • Dear Cathy, Vicky and entire Maria’s family. Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Maria. I will always remember her as one of my finest friends. When I met her 20 years ago, we immediately liked each other. We shared similar interests and spent many, many hours together in so many activities. We were both so grateful that we could dialogue in our native language, and we always had a great time. Maria, I love you, be at peace and Arrivederci.

  • Joining in your sorrow, my deepest and heartfelt Sympathy.
    Thinking of you with affection.Have great memories of Maria

  • My condolences to all of Maria’s family. I visited her shop as a client of Dawn Dougherty’s for many years and was blessed to get to know Maria well. She was a lively, caring and loving person who had so much enthusiasm for life.
    She loved and constantly spoke about you all. How wonderful that you had her for 90 years. Treasure your memories.

  • Vicki and Cathy. You were able to fulfill your mom’s wish of staying home and did a wonderful labor of love these past few years. May you be able to remember the positive memories and know she loved you both very much.

  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Maria. What a wonderful, thoughtful, loving person she was. She did my hair in the 60’s and also my mother’s for many wonderful years. Our deepest sympathy for your loss.
    Molly Calder Diem

  • Cathy, Norm, Luke, Julia,
    We are so sorry for your loss. May your memories sustain you through your grief.
    Sending love,
    Carol and Jim

  • We are so sorry, Cathy, Vicky and family. Your Mom was a wonderful part of our lives many years ago. Our thoughts are with you.

    Love, Patti and Ed Kahler

  • Vicky, Dick, Cathy, Norm and extended family

    we are sorry for your loss during this time of crisis we pray your memories will get you thru
    jeff and mick wise

  • My most sincere condolences to Cathy, Julia, and their family. We are thinking of you.


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