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Age 53, of Regent Square passed away at her home on Thursday, March 15, 2018. Daughter of late John and Frances (Pusateri) Dezzutti; beloved wife of Kent Street; dear sister of Rosann (David) Barr and Francine (Joe) Urbanick; niece of August Pusateri. Following a distinguished 13 year career at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Charlene joined the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of medicine in 2005. Charlene was a professor at the University of Pittsburgh in the Departments of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and the Graduate School of Public Health in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology. Her passion was science and she was committed to finding new ways to fight global diseases including HIV. Charlene's lab at Magee-Womens Research Institute performed groundbreaking research which contributed to the development of new ways to prevent HIV infections in women. Charlene was also passionate about training the next generation of scientists, and she directed the high school and college training program for young scientists at the Magee-Womens Research Institute for seven years. She was an avid scuba diver, enjoyed gardening, and bicycling. Friends and relatives will be received during a memorial visitation on Friday, April 13, 2018, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES, INC., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018, 11 a.m. at Riverside Community Church, 401 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Charlene's memory may be made to Magee-Womens Research Institute and Foundation, 3339 Ward Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, and designated to support Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation's summer student training programs.

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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Mar. 20 to Apr. 8, 2018.
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April 5, 2018
I'm sorry to hear of your loss. May you find comfort and hope in God's loving arms during this difficult time of grief. (2 Thessalonians 2:16,17)
March 29, 2018
My sincere condolences to the family. May you all find peace and comfort at this difficult time.
March 28, 2018
Please accept my heartfelt condolences to the Dezzutti family for the loss of your loved one. May the encouraging words of Hosea 13:14 bring you comfort and strengthen you during this time of deep sorrow.
J. L.
March 25, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of Charlene's passing. She was a wonderful and kind woman. I have such fond memories of her when I worked at MWRI. She was so kind and had such compassion. I was really upset while at work and Charlene wanted to know what was wrong and I told her that my dear sweet dog died. The next day when I came into the office she brought me a huge bouquet of stargazer lilies and used a beaker from the lab as a vase. Her kindness really impressed me and it is something that I will always remember. She will be missed. I will remember her for her kindness and that beautiful smile.
Prayers are being said for her loved ones. God Bless you and comfort you.
Diane Kwasniewski
March 23, 2018
You have our deepest sympathies. We pray in your behalf, and we look forward to the day when we will welcome back our loved ones on a Paradise earth. Psm 37:29
March 23, 2018
To the Dezzutti family, please accept my sincere condolences. May knowing that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many bring a measure of comfort. We look forward to the time when all things that cause sickness and death will be eradicated by God's Kingdom. Matthew 6: 9, 10
March 22, 2018
Charlene was one of my favorite people to talk to a scientific meetings. I know that she was passionate about her work. She was always lively and thoughtful in her discussions. Will miss her greatly. She was a wonderful woman and an inspiration to scientists everywhere.

Laurel L.
March 20, 2018
I knew Charlene only briefly when we communicated when I was writing a grant proposal to study microbicides for the HIV virus. Charlene was extremely helpful, knowledgeable and caring, to a total stranger! She wrote a letter of collaboration for me. I was shocked to see this healthy, outgoing lady had passed away. My condolences to her husband and family, and to Magee-Women's Research Institute where she was part of the core of researchers on HIV. Prof. Stephanie Tristram-Nagle
Stephanie Tristram-Nagle
March 20, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Charlene was an amazing woman, she will be deeply missed.
Michelle L
March 20, 2018
Prayers from the Needles Family.

She was an amazing Lady whose legacy will live in.

It was an honor to call her a Friend.

Peace be with Kent and the Family.
March 20, 2018
Death is never easy to cope with but God's word can comfort us during this time of great loss. John 6:40
March 20, 2018
You have our deepest sympathies. We pray in your behalf, and we look forward to the day when we will welcome back our loved ones on a Paradise earth. Psm 37:29
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