Of Churchill, age 94, born June 19, 1927, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 7, 2021, after a tender moment of kisses from her immediate family and close family friend. She was described by so many of her lifelong friends as “demure”. Always depicted as a gentlelady with unparalleled class and decorum, yet a powerhouse of intellect and fierce commitment to her family, friends, and any task at hand. Maria was an independent spirit her entire life. She excelled as an advertising executive in charge of national accounts long before it was popular for women to inhabit those roles. Her hobbies of passion were genealogy and exotic gardening. She will be greatly missed and always remembered with love and admiration.
Maria is survived by her devoted husband of 68 years, Joseph A. Pegnato; her two loving sons, Kevin J. Pegnato, and Robert J. Pegnato and wife Rosalinda; her grandchildren, Joseph C. Pegnato, Alexandra L. Pegnato, Ian Alexander, Michael Pulido, J. Carlos Pegnato; and her remaining brother, Francis A. Vacco and wife Betty Lou; along with an abundance of loving nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will be received at Wolfe Memorial, LLC, Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike, Pittsburgh PA 15221, on Monday, October 11, from 5PM to 8PM. A Blessing Service will be held in the funeral home on Tuesday, October 12, at 11AM, followed by burial in Homewood Cemetery.
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