Jennie (Grando) Luisi, 92, of Brackenridge, passed away Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at Saxony Health Center, Saxonburg, after suffering from Alzheimer's for several years. She was born the seventh of 11 children of Italian immigrants, Fabio and Maria Carmen Grando. Jennie was a lifelong resident of Brackenridge. After graduating as Bolivar's 1942 high school valedictorian, she went to Washington, D.C., where she worked at the newly opened Pentagon. Her efficiency and skills made her highly employable when she returned to the area. She worked as secretary at the Alcoa WearEver, for John FR Clark, tax accountant, and retired from the district magistrate's office. She was very active at Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church, in Natrona Heights, and also served as the treasurer and president of the Catholic Daughters of America. Jennie loved cooking, and knew how to make a holiday dinner grand for her family. She liked to read her daily newspaper and watch the evening news, and was always up on current events. She will be greatly missed by her children, Dr. Pamela Hopkins (Dr. Paul Stepanovich), of The Villages, Fla., Charles (Mona) Luisi, of Russellton, Dr. Cynthia (Dr. Neal) DeLuca, of Cheswick, Barbara (Craig) Barch, of Natrona Heights, and Jamie (Jim) Greer, of Denver, Colo.; 14 grandchildren, Megan Park (Joe Belluso), Shannon Park (Jeff Stettner), Vanessa Park, Kristopher (Caroline) Luisi, Toni (Ryan) Urik, Marc (Kayla) Luisi, Chase Luisi, Dr. Steven (Lisa) DeLuca, Paul DeLuca, Christina (Corey) Whisler, Casey Krutz, Austin Greer, Morgan Greer and Steven Greer; 19 great-grandchildren; and by her beloved sister, Yolanda DiFonzo, who will be 103 on Feb. 26, 2017. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony A. "Tipper" Luisi, on July 28, 1974; sisters, Mary DiFonzo, Lena Kovitch, Louise Lucchetti, Alice Bishop and Edie Thompson; and by her brothers, Dom, Albert, Art and Frank Grando. Jennie's family would like to give a special thank you to the staffs at Rosebrook Assisted Living, Saxony Health Center and Good Samaritan Hospice for their loving care and support. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in Most Blessed Sacrament Church, with her pastor, the Rev. John B. Lendvai, as celebrant. A parish vigil service will be held at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Jennie will be laid to rest next to her husband in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Jennie may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation, 322 8th Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001. To send an online condolence, please visit www.cicholski-zidekfh.com .
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