Elizabeth “Betty” M. Canigiani Savarino, 91, of Belle Vernon, Washington Twp., passed away peacefully Sunday, January 5, 2020 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born July 7, 1928 in Fayette City, PA she was the daughter of the late Rudolph and Elizabeth Klinsky Canigiani. A resident of Belle Vernon for the past 60 years, Mrs. Savarino was a member of St. Sebastian R.C. Church and was a homemaker. She was a member of the former Catholic Daughters of the Americas B.V. Court 1522, former St. Sebastian's Ladies Guild, and was also active in other parish activities and ministries; church lector, Eucharistic minister and church choir. Betty also belonged to the Third Order of St. Francis, volunteered at St. Vincent DePaul thrift store, delivered meals on wheels, was a former Girl Scout Leader and member of the Belle Vernon-Fayette City Golden Age Assembly. Betty enjoyed playing cards with her group of very special ladies for over 50 years; Sabra Clark, Lucille Dubrovich, Eleanor Heisler, Mary Ann Lenio, Doris Zeli, Bernie Adams, Marge Conte, Pat Gumbert and Mary Ann Lisovich.
She is survived by her children George & Janine Savarino of Belle Vernon, Jimmy Savarino of Pittsburgh, Nancy & Tim Weinman of Greensburg, Thomas Savarino of Charleroi, Carolyn & Paul Farrier of Charleroi, Kathleen & Brennan Ritzer of Ruffs Dalesix grandchildren Nicole Weaver & husband Jesse, Ashley Weinman & fiancé Anthony Sciulli, Joshua Savarino, Zachary Ritzer, Alex Ritzer, Lee Ritzer; two great grandchildren David Weaver, Elizabeth Weaver and a sister Elinor Tuman of Tacoma, WA. She is preceded in death by her husband James A. Savarino (1/15/2017).
Visitation will be held Tuesday from 6-8 PM and Wednesday 2-4 & 6-8 PM at the Parzynski Funeral Home & Cremations, Family Owned and Operated, 626 Broad Avenue, Belle Vernon 724-929-6183. Prayers of Transfer will be held Thursday at 9:30 am in the funeral home followed by funeral mass at 10:00 am at St. Sebastian R.C. Church with the Rev. Michael J. Crookston as celebrant. Entombment will take place in Mon Valley Memorial Park. Members of St. Sebastian Parish will pray the rosary for the departed soul of Betty Wednesday at 3 pm in the funeral home.
The family would like to extend a very special thanks to the hospice nurses and caregivers at ViaQuest; Joan, Karen, Jackie, Tracy, Kendall, Nicole, Jamie G., Kim, Linda and Granny Nannies for all the care they gave Mom. Nancy, Tom, Carolyn and Kathleen are exceptionally thankful to Jimmy for unselfishly putting his life on hold to move in with Mom and take care of her and to George or always being there when Jimmy needed help. We will always be eternally grateful.