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Frank Thomas Anania

January 27, 1932 - September 23, 2021


Obituary For Frank Thomas Anania

Age 89, on Thursday, September 23, 2021.
Beloved husband of Mary Ellen Celio Anania and the late Marie Theresa Garnetta; devoted father of Frank A. and John A. (Catherine); grandfather of Nicholas Paul and Lewis John. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. ‘Cheech,’ as he was affectionately known to many, was born in Sevelli, Italy in 1932 and came to Pittsburgh where he grew up on the Bluff. He was the son of the late Frank and Josephine Anania and was one of four sons also including the late Joseph, Saverio, and Salvatore. After graduating from Central Catholic High School, he received a Bachelor’s Degree from Duquesne University. He also served as an Intelligence Officer in the US Air Force during the Korean War. Frank worked for the US Steel Corporation (now USX) as an Industrial Engineer initially at the Edgar-Thompson Works before being transferred to headquarters in downtown Pittsburgh. He spent his entire career with USX and retired after 35 years’ service. Cheech adored his three brothers, his wives and his two sons. He had an exuberant work-ethic as well as a very quiet, but deeply held faith manifest by his love of helping others, always helping them, before himself. Frank was understatedly brilliant and well-versed on everything from the ‘Steelers’ to stocks. In retirement his greatest joy was encountering his first cousins for the very first time in his beloved Italy since he was too young to have remembered them when he left. Friends are invited to come to Our Lady of Hope Parish, St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Church, 5300 Greenridge Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15236 at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 2, 2021 to greet the family followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. Interment at Calvary Cemetery will be private. Arrangements handled by the John F. Slater Funeral Home, Inc., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227. In lieu of any flowers please make a contribution to either The Dementia Society of America or the Brain Research Foundation in his memory.

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  • Dear Frank, My condolences over the passing of your father. Blessings on his life here and beyond Fondly, Father Nicholas Amato FatherNicholasAmato@gmail.com

  • ME,, Frank and John. I have many fond memories on Sherwood Drive of your husband/father. I am sorry for your loss. May you hold onto the wonderful memories of him. Beth Orsega-Smith

  • Mary Ellen, Frank, John and family, George and I express our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We have many fond memories Frank and the pride he took in his property, especially the shrubs along the driveway. George and Frank had many conversations in that driveway. A special memory is the cutting from his fig tree which we nurtured in a pot in Pittsburgh, but which flourished once we put it in the ground here in New Bern. I've made many jars of fig jam and enjoyed the eating fresh figs and grilling them with prosciutto and gorgonzola. There are many cuttings from that tree in our neighbors' yards. Beth has a potted fig in Avondale, PA, and Chris has one in Placerville, CA. So Frank's legacy lives on no only through his children and Grandchildren, but through his fig tree. May he rest in peace. George and Betty Orsega

  • Dearest Mary Ellen, Frank and John, please know that your husband/father was special and a good neighbor. Prayers for your peace and comfort. May your memories be happy ones and may he rest in peace. Carole Caspero Harmon

  • Frank and John: your father was a wonderful , caring man! Always remember how much our parents loved his and your moms' company. He was always so nice to me and I enjoyed talking to him. You are in my prayers. Sincerely, Janet McGilloway Brown

  • Mary Ellen & Family, I am so sorry to hear about Frank. I hope that you can find comfort in knowing that he is no longer sick. Stephanie