Nettie Salamon, 100; ran Frankford market

Nettie Salamon
Nettie Salamon
Posted: February 18, 2013

Nettie Salamon, 100, of Northeast Philadelphia, who ran Nettie's Food Market in Frankford until it closed in the 1970s, died Friday, Feb. 8, of heart failure at Jeanes Hospital.

A positive person, Miss Salamon's last words were: "Everything is all right here," said her sister-in-law, Bernice Salamon.

Miss Salamon inherited her family's mom-and-pop grocery at 3876 Frankford Ave. She sold meat, dairy, produce, and staple goods before closing the store to take a job as a clerical worker with what is now Verizon. She retired from Verizon's operation in Center City in the 1980s, her sister-in-law said.

Above all else, Miss Salamon wanted to live 100 years; she reached that goal by staying active and involved with life, Bernice Salamon said.

She went to a party two weeks before her death, and folk-danced until two years ago. She loved ice skating and going on excursions with the Batona Hiking Club.

She traveled the world with friends.

Miss Salamon stayed informed about current events, volunteered for the Klein Jewish Community Center in Northeast Philadelphia, and played a wicked game of mah jongg.

"She taught mah jongg up till a year ago," said her sister-in-law. "She was a good player."

The Sholom Aleichem Club, which promotes and preserves secular Jewish culture in the Philadelphia area, according to its website, honored her in the 1990s for service to the organization.

One of the few surviving members of the Class of 1931 at Frankford High School, she will be missed by schoolmates and relatives, her sister-in-law said.

Miss Salamon, who never married, is survived by a brother, Milton, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers Otto and Edward.

Miss Salamon donated her body to science. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at Reider House, 10102 Jamison Rd., Philadelphia, where she lived.

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