July 2, 1981 ~ April 21, 2021

Born in: Albion, NY
Resided in: Greece, NY

Jamie Lyn Heard-Salatino

Greece:  Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at age 39 after a courageous lifelong health struggle.  She is survived by her devoted parents, Stephen and Lynore Heard; loving daughter, Gianna; brother, Kevin (Erin) Heard; boyfriend, Jim Okeen; uncles, Mark (Mary) Heard and Peter (Susan) Heard; niece and nephews, Grady, Aurora and Jonah; cousins; many dear friends.

Jamie earned her Master’s degree from the University of Rochester and spent her days sharing her passion for life and learning with others as a school counselor for the Rochester City School District.    She was a wonderful cook and shared her love of food and recipes with those near and far.  Her most proud achievement was parenting her loving daughter.  Throughout her struggles Jamie maintained a positive attitude, inspiring anyone with whom she came into contact to live their best life.  Her absence will be felt deeply by all who knew her, but her influence will live on.

Jamie’s visitation will be held Tuesday, April 27th 4-6 PM at Vay-Schleich & Meeson 1075 Long Pond Road.  At 6:00 there will be a short prayer for close family and friends.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Golisano Children’s Hospital in her memory.  For more information and to sign her online guestbook, visit www.meesonfamily.com


Visitation: April 27, 2021 4:00 pm - April 27, 2021 6:00 pm

Vay-Schleich & Meeson - Greece Chapel
1075 Long Pond Road
Rochester, NY 14626

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  1. We are sharing in your sorrow over Jamie’s passing and this difficult loss in all of your lives. We are praying you will find strength and much love in this most difficult time. Kathleen Friedman (Erin’s Aunt) and Chris Owen

  2. I will miss our friendship more than you will ever know, Jamie. I’m so sorry this past year kept us all apart. Know that I was looking forward to spending time with you again. I love you.

  3. My beautiful neighbor. I will always cherish our chats, especially our last conversation. Jamie, you were such an amazing person. Breathe easy my friend. My deepest condolences to Jim, Gianna and the rest of her family. The world is a darker place without her here.

  4. Condolences to all the family. A bright light has gone out of this world. I worked with Jamie at SWW for nearly 10 years. She was strong, brave, positive, and always honest. Although her life was cut short, she leaves behind literally hundreds of kids who will never forget her. She helped them believe in themselves, with her unique mixture of wisdom, kindness, and a kick in the pants when necessary. A passionate, complicated person, she never did anything without giving it her all. It gave me great pleasure to see her grow into a strong fulfilled woman with many interests and friends. If anyone ever lived the spirit behind the maxim “Carpe diem”, it was Jamie. I will miss her.

  5. Jamie,Your time here was cut way to soon .I will miss our exchange of recipes and great cooking ideas .You were so strong and never gave up .We will miss you

  6. Our hearts break for you. Know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. I’m still in shock Jamie!…you were the inspiration for so many! You made your stamp on this world& You NEVER gave up. Your soul was shining from the start&Gianna will carry your legacy. Everyone that ever knew you will miss you so very deeply. XOXO ❤

  8. Every childhood memory I have was with Jamie, we reconnected later in life as if no time had passed. I will cherish all of our time together. She was the most caring, inspirational positive soul to her students and those around her. Sending love and thoughts to the entire Heard Family, Jim and Gianna.
    -My longest 1st friend (#BFF)

  9. I am so sorry for your loss, Jamie made you so happy Jim, I know you are grateful for every minute you had together, how lucky to experience such love. She helped many children, even my own, through life’s ups and downs, with thoughtfulness, true compassion, and care. We are grateful for knowing her, though only from a distance during covid. I am thankful to her for bringing you such Joy and happiness. My heart goes out to you, her daughter, and family and friends. She was taken too soon. I wish you all peace as you move through your grief. Cherish your memories. You are in my thoughts.

    Melissa Joy Okeen & Arianna Joy Apter

  10. My heart goes out to Jamie’s family. She was a bright light. Jamie and I worked together at School Without Walls and became friends. When I would interview prospective ESOL students, I would usually mention Jamie as a reason to come to our school. She truly believed in each student and was a champion and a life changer for many, many teenagers. She lit the way for others and gave so much of herself in everything she did. I will miss her wisdom quotes, hugs, her regular check ins— even after she left SWW, her recipes and love of life. I will feel her “glow” for a long time.

    We ate at Lento’s tonight and gave her a toast and I will be cooking her recipes this week.

  11. Thoughts and prayers for Jamie’s family. Jamie was a guiding light in most of our lives, she never gave up on us and helped many us reach our goals and dreams. She was a beacon in SWW to all the students and most of yeas. She is with God now and she is at peace and we shall keep her memory alive through the good deeds and goals she inspired in us.Jaime will forever be in our hearts.
    Fly high angel we will be ok.

  12. I’m sorry for your loss. I’m still in disbelief and know that you’ll always be miss Jamie. Our time together just in your office some days were very impactful and pleasant. You inspired me in so many ways. I appreciate all the advice that was given to me. Thank you, again. I’ll keep your family in my prayers, especially your daughter. May God bless her to be as strong as you was. I wish the family peace and strength as you guys go through this grieving time. Till we meet again, Jamie.

  13. RIP Jamie…our hearts are heavy… the world won’t be quite the same with you not in it.
    You had a good soul; vivacious; fun-loving and always true to yourself.
    You are reunited with Aunt T, Aunt Joni, Mimi & Bompa and your Vick grandparents. I’m sure you are keeping them all entertained with stories of Giana and the love you found.
    Rest In Peace, sweet one.
    Forever in our hearts,
    Uncle Peter and Aunt Sue

  14. All my years in school and I’ve never meet anyone like Jamie. She was so unique and her personality can turn a good day bad. I am so grateful to have known her. My condolences to her family. Love you Jamie ❣️

  15. Lenore and Stephen

    Please accept my condolences on the passing of your beautiful daughter. Mary Mager

  16. Ms. Heard-Salatino was the daughter of my cousin Lenore. Lenore and I were friendly when we were college age. It’s sad to see one so young pass away. My condolences to her family.
    Robert C. Walker

  17. Jamie this really breaks my heart you were a good person to me and you treated me as your own I will always remember what you said to me and I love you rip you will never be forgotten

  18. Jamie was one of my school counselor mentees what now seems like eons ago. I so enjoyed working with her. A school counselor thinks of her students as “her kids.” She was a positive influence on so many students. Know that she left her mark on the world, not only through Gianna, but also on all those young lives she touched at SWW. She was always open about her health issues and knew that her life would be shorter than most people’s, but 39 is way too short for such an impactful person. This is sad news indeed.

  19. Dear Steve and family,
    So sorry and saddened to hear of your loss. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Cindy and Jerry Lack

  20. Jamie you were such a kind hearted soul when I came to the school. Even after I left you were still there❤️rest well Queen👑

  21. Lyn and Steve,
    What a strong, self reliant daughter you raised. How fortunate were the students she guided and counseled the past years. May all the beautiful memories you shared with her through the years ease the pain your aching hearts feel now. You have your own angel.
    God bless you.
    Love, Sandy and Bob Steinle

  22. Jamie-you were a bright light at SWW that believed in all of your students. You pushed them, supported them and never let them give up on themselves. You loved to see the students shine and succeed. You talked about your daughter so often-she was the gift you wanted more than anything. You loved how much she shared your love of cooking. You will be missed by so many but I hope your family knows how many lives you touched, how many dreams you helped to make come true. Your time here was too short but you made a difference to so many.

  23. My condolences to the family and friends of Jamie. I had the pleasure of meeting Jamie this year as she worked in my school building, Dr. Walter Cooper Academy. Foe the short time that I’ve known Jamie I could tell that she had a passion for helping others, along with cooking. Her daughter was the light of life. She maybe gone physically but she made an impact with hundreds of students and staff that will last a lifetime. RIP Jamie!

  24. I am so sorry for the loss of your daughter, friend, mother to her daughter and her entire family God bless you. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. I am so thankful for the atonement of Jesus Christ because now we know we will see her again.

  25. Lyn and Steve,

    Jamie brought much joy into everyone’s life; beautiful young woman, dear friend.

    This is the hardest thing there is. We are not supposed to outlive our children. If you ever need to talk…

    Much love and condolences.

  26. I was Jamie’s supervising principal at School Without Walls until 2010, when I retired. My sincere condolences go to her family and friends. She was an outstanding counsellor and human being. I will always remember Jamie’s deep concern for our students at SWW. She helped many of them deal with their interpersonal issues and often connected them to local agencies for specialized help. Although I will be unable to attend visiting hours, I will be there in spirit.
    Such a loss!

  27. Praying for the family
    Jamie was always helpful with the students at SWW and she was also helpful to me when I was going there and got pregnant with both of my kids and she told me it’s best to go to night school since I had to kids but I was still going to walk across stage with my school and I did in 2012.
    I’m really going to miss Jamie

  28. Sending our deepest condolences to her family and friends. As this great loss has effected number of people. She was a new board member for Compeer of Rochester and was admired by number professionals who helped our organization. We will miss her beautiful voice on our zoom meetings and her helping hands with our organization.
    We all pray for her family to be able coping with this great loss. May She Rest In Peace.

  29. Lynore, Stephen and all of Jamie’s family… I am so sorry for you loss. I hope you will be able to cherish the memories that you all have. And I hope she and Joni are celebrating together. Sending love and hugs. xoxo

  30. Jamie’s spirit will be forever present in the many lives that she’s touched. The thought of her pleasant disposition will always bring a smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  31. I love Jamie Salatino. Her love of life and for the students of SWW shined through each and every day. She poured life and hope into students and staff, worked tirelessly to help students with the college admissions process, edited essay after essay, searched the community for people to serve on Sr. Exit interview committees, arranged and chaperoned countless college visits, listened patiently, counseled wisely, sang while she worked, and shared her amazing homemade food. She was a light and a part of the foundation of SWW. Jamie loved life and lived everyday to its fullest and unafraid.
    To her former students- strive to live as Jamie did…seize the day and don’t let go until day is done.
    Idonia Owens,
    SWW Principal from 2010-2017, and blessed to call Jamie my friend

  32. Jamie was a great friend and coworker for years and may the peace and love of almighty God embrace her beloved family members at this time.

  33. I am a teacher who only knew Jamie a short while. I was with a class just the other day and probably enjoyed one of her final lessons. She made the point to the children of finding work they love and she did this with passion. I will not forget it and will carry on her message whenever and wherever I can.
    It is remarkable to learn about her through the words found here from friends and co-workers. I wish everyone peace and joy in their memories of such a fine person.

  34. Jamie was a great counselor, I remember that I used to knock on her door and ask for college suggestions and course work-related questions. She is always energetic and passionate about giving out opinions, it helped a lot during my college years. Really appreciated the help and I felt very lucky and fortunate enough to be part of the SWW student. It was a heartbreaking moment when I heard dear Jamie has left us. I know that it will be a difficult moment for every one of us, we will stay strong and keep going. You will stay alive in our minds forever.

    My biggest condolences to the family….

  35. Steve & Lenore
    So sorry to hear the news of your beautiful daughter’s passing. I can’t imagine how hard it is to lose a child. Sorry we could not make it to the calling hours but know that your family, especially Jamie’s daughter, are in our thoughts & prayers during this difficult time.
    The Gillette Family
    Sharon, Liz & Beckie

  36. jamie was in every home room with me during high school. amazing person. she made a lasting impression on everyone she met. will be missed. peace and love to her family

  37. Lenore and Steve,
    I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your beautiful daughter, Jamie. I can’t even begin to imagine your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you both and the rest of your family.
    Blessings and Peace,
    Anne Vick Neilans

  38. This was such a shock. Jamie was a friend from middle school, high school and Mother of Sorrows. The few times we crossed paths since high school, it was easy to pick up with her like no time had passed. It was a great time catching up and reminiscing. She absolutely beamed when talking about Gianna. I will always remember her for her energy, joy and sense of humor. She wanted the absolute best for EVERYONE she came across, which is only one of the qualities that made her such a beloved high school guidance counselor. Best wishes to all those in her most recent close circle, and especially her family. May a piece of Jamie’s spirit live on in all of us to keep her memory alive.

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