Erika Salomon is survived by her two sisters, Ottilie Hajek and son of Prescott, Ariz.; Mrs Ralph (Brigitte) Desimone and family of Walnut Creek; and brother, Vern Hajek and family of Shady Cove, Ore.
Born in Czechoslovakia, she worked to help support her family from the age of 15 as a translator of Czeck, German and English for the Allied Forces. At the age of 19, she emigrated on her own from war-torn Europe to San Francisco where she did secretarial work for Catholic Social Services. In 1953, she was selected Queen of the United Nationalities of San Francisco and was the toast of the city, honored by then Gov. Knight and international dignitaries.
Her marriage of 10 years to Charles Salomon remained childless. In time, she began her pioneering career as a holistic therapist, a field then only in its infancy. She carried on in this line of work and mentored countless people in natural therapies during her 44 years as a resident of Sonoma.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered for her at St. Francis Catholic Church at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 7, 2011. There was a gathering of family and friends at the Temelec Clubhouse. Private inurnment at the Lower Lake Cemetery District, Lower Lake, will be held.
Arrangements under the direction of Duggan's Mission Chapel, Mission Cremation Service, Sonoma; 996-3655; www.duggansmissionchapel.com.