R.V. Anderson Funeral Home, Inc. - Homestead
315 East 10th Avenue
Homestead, PA 15120
(412) 461-0987
More Obituaries for Francis Langan
Looking for an obituary for a different person with this name?

Francis L. Langan

1921 - 2018
Francis L. Langan Obituary
Francis L. Langan - that's Francis with an "i", he would say - danced his way to heaven on Thursday, May 24, 2018. Born in McKeesport on July 7 or 8, 1921 (depending on which official document you read), to Irish immigrants, Mary Kavanagh from Dingle and Michael Langan from Mayo, his birth name was Michael Francis Langan. His dad's name was Michael, too. So, perhaps to avoid confusion with his brothers named Thomas and William and with his only sister, Marie, they called him Francis. The "L" is for Leo, his confirmation name. His family made their way from McKeesport to Cherry Street in West Homestead. They were lifelong members of St. Mary Magdalene in Homestead, later known as St. Maximillian Kolbe in Homestead. He played football at St. Thomas High School in Braddock. His father died young. So, as the oldest male in the family, he stayed stateside during World War II while his brothers were drafted, and served their country while his sister pursued what became a more than 50-year career in nursing. He attended Pitt and ultimately graduated from his beloved St. Vincent College in Latrobe. He was a proud Bearcat. He was a seminarian and planned to become a priest. His wife, the late Ann (Ridge) Langan, and his children, Terri Wubben (Tom), Nancy Augustine (John), Robert (Angie) and Daniel (Renee), are glad he left the seminary and decided to wear another white collar. He was a salesman for his entire career. For a time in the mid-1950s, he and his new bride lived in New Jersey and he took a ferry to Manhattan where he worked in advertising for Cities Service Oil Company. He returned to Pittsburgh where he designed business forms (they're called websites now) and sold homes. He loved to dance, talk and meet new people. He danced the electric slide at the Munhall Retirement Residence, where he was one of the first residents and lived for 17 years. He held court at Eat'n Park and Bravo at the Waterfront in Homestead for many years, and at Beatty Pointe Village in Monroeville for the past eight months. "We love your dad" was a common refrain anytime he introduced his kids to the staff at these establishments. Many said he was one of the nicest people they'd ever met. He made an impression with people, even in his final hours. He was a devout Catholic who bowled on Thursday nights and stopped at Elsie's Tavern, aka the gin mill, on the way home from work. He usually was home by 6ish. He discussed the day, ate dinner (including Town Talk slathered with butter and Heinz ketchup), watched Walter Cronkite, read the paper, took a nap, finished some work, and went to bed. On Saturdays, he did the family grocery shopping at Shop 'n Save and treated himself to sardines on saltines. He was there for his family, even when he wasn't home. He was an Elk, a Lion and member of the K of C. He ran for Munhall Borough council once. His greatest legacy is his family. In addition to his four children, he has nine grandchildren; Alison (Jason) Bauer and Garrett Wubben, Kaitlin and Tess Augustine, Emily, Elizabeth and Erin Langan, and Fiona and Finnian Langan; and two great-grandchildren, Brynn and Claire Bauer. He has several nieces and nephews in the Pittsburgh area and around the country. His sister, Marie, was by his side in his final days. His family thanks the kind, caring and compassionate people at Beatty Pointe Village, Shadyside Hospital, and Seneca Place. In lieu of flowers, consider a contribution to UPMC Family Hospice or a .
Visitation will be from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 25, and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 26, in R.V. ANDERSON FUNERAL HOME, 315 E. 10th Ave., Homestead. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. at St. Maximillian Kolbe Church.
And, as an old Irishman would say, keep the faith, and pass the faith.
Published in Murrysville Star from May 25 to May 31, 2018
Read More
Give others a chance to express condolences. Not right now.
Inform family & friends of Francis's passing.
Planning Guide
Planning ahead makes a big difference. Get Legacy's free funeral guide and know your advance options.