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Jean T. Heiser

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Nov 16, 1926 – Feb 18, 2021 (Age 94)


November 16, 1926
February 18, 2021
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


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Walter J. Zalewski Funeral Home - 44th Street Obituary

Peacefully, passed away on Thursday, February 18, 2021. Jean was born on November 16, 1926 in Lawrenceville. She married her loving husband, Joseph on August 23, 1947. She was the mother of Richard (Marylou) Heiser, Janine (Dennis) Kopko and the late Christine (surviving husband Ray) Pilarski and Donald J. (surviving wife Debbie) Heiser; grandmother of Angela (Dave) Sciullo, Adrienne (Brent) Biagi, Denise Heiser, Jeffrey Pilarski, Kristan Heiser and Jeannie (Bob) Byrnes; great-grandmother of Julianna, Nicholas, Christine, Ava, Joseph and Finnegan. She was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters. She was the aunt of Barbara Starr and also survived by additional nieces and nephews. Jean was a homemaker and life-long member of St. Jude Parish (formerly St. Raphael Parish) in Morningside. Jean loved cats, and there was always one in her home, most recently her beloved Casey. All she met, recall her sweetness and her love for and pride in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jean loved her family above all else. She was never more happy then when everyone was all together for Sunday dinners, holidays, birthdays and visits. Jean was admired for her strength and grace. Her family was able to spend time with her during her final days on earth. Her life has come full circle as she joins God, Jesus and her family in heaven-her beloved husband Joseph, her daughter Chrissy and her son Donnie. Family and friends are welcomed at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 216 44th Street, Lawrenceville, on Sunday, February 21, 2021 from 2-8 p.m. Funeral Mass at St. Jude Parish, St. Raphael Church on Monday, February 22, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Jean’s name to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 or at

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To Janine and Family I just heard the news of your mother's passing. I'm terribly sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest sympathy. I remember her so well as a beautiful, loving, and kind woman. Prayers to all of you.

Thank you for allowing us the honor of caring for Jean. The loss of a loved one is never easy, but know our care remains here for you and your family through your grief. We hope we can offer comfort and strength during this difficult time of loss. With heartfelt sympathy, Your Heartland Hospice Team.

I've only known Jean the past few years but I loved the twice a month time I spent with her. I'll remember her as being sharp as a tack, fiercely loyal to her family, a true animal lover and great conversationalist. My short time with her had a huge, positive impact on my life and I will treasure my time with her forever. RIP Sweet Jean.