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63, died following a three-year struggle with breast cancer on January 11, 2014. She is survived by mother, Isabel Alano; husband, Merle Jantz; brothers, Louis (Theresa) and Peter (Peggy) Alano; nephew, Jack Francis; and niece, Bridget Eileen Alano; and cousins, Frank (Carol) and Tom Ciaccia. Anita, a gifted and award-winning artist, loved animals and nature and often used them as inspirations for her work. She grew up in Rochester, New York, and obtained a bachelor's degree in art education from Buffalo State University and a master's degree in painting from the Rochester Institute of Technology. After teaching elementary school art for 17 years for the Pittsburgh Public Schools, she took an early retirement, having grown tired of the increasingly bitter struggles with small-minded administrators over cutting funding and resources for the arts in favor of what they termed "real" subjects. It was a decision she never regretted. A Memorial Service will be held at 4 p.m., on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the South Hills, 1240 Washington Road in Mt. Lebanon. In lieu of flowers, we request donations to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15243. Funeral arrangements entrusted to ANTHONY M. MUSMANNO FUNERAL HOME, INC., 412-331-0900. Please view our online guestbook:
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Jan. 15, 2014
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