May and Elio Marsalla leave a generous legacy to Mercy Hospital of Folsom

May and Elio Marsalla, Mercy Foundation donors(November 2017) - Both born in the Sacramento area to Italian immigrants, May and Elio Marsalla witnessed the development of the city and its surrounding areas during their long lives. Elio was the son of a railroad maintenance foreman in the High Sierras. He grew up in Roseville and started working at McClellan Air Force Base in 1939, the year it opened. He continued to work there during his entire 32-year career.

As a young woman, May worked for her family’s business, the Orsi Olive Oil Company, as a bookkeeper. Later she was also an English-Italian translator for the Italian immigrant community in the Sacramento area. May and Elio married in 1942 and enjoyed 68 years of marriage before Elio passed away in 2010. When May passed away last summer at age 105, she left a legacy gift of $1,080,000 to Mercy Foundation to enable Mercy Hospital of Folsom to purchase new medical equipment.

As part of a local family with an outstanding legacy of generosity to Mercy Foundation, Elio and May Marsalla were steadfast friends and donors for over 30 years. In particular, they supported initiatives at Mercy Hospital of Folsom, which served the community they belonged to their entire lives. Mercy Foundation gratefully acknowledges the enduring impact of their lifetime of giving and celebrates their generosity.