Melbalee Giovannelli passed onto eternal life peacefully Wednesday, May 4, 2022, surrounded by her children. She was born Sept. 18, 1936, in the Parnassus section of New Kensington, to the late Gilbert and Justine (Thorne) Bryan. She was a lifelong resident of New Kensington and graduated from New Kensington High School in 1954, where she was a majorette. She married Frank G. Giovannelli on Jan. 28, 1956, and remained so for nearly 55 years until his death in 2010. Prior to her marriage, she worked at Alcoa's WearEver Cookware Division and as a dance instructor for the Audra Ann School of Dancing, both in New Kensington. She was also a majorette for the New Kensington Fire Department Band. Melbalee enjoyed a 25-year career with Eat 'n Park, working her way from cook to restaurant general manager, as well as serving as a bakery specialist and marketing associate. Her career took her to several Eat 'n Park restaurants including New Kensington, Natrona Heights, Butler, Harmarville, Lawrenceville and Monroeville. She finished her career at the corporate headquarters, traveling to nearly all Eat 'n Park locations in Pennsylvania and Ohio. She was a member of Mt. Saint Peter Church and Eat 'n Park's 25-year Club. She was also a member of the Aluminum City Terrace Housing Association cooperative for 64 years. She excelled at her primary career as a mother, raising six children. She enjoyed her camp in Slippery Rock, dancing and baking, especially for the Mt. St. Peter fish fry and festa, Christmas, and family events. Guests attended those events looking forward to Melba's infinite and variety filled cookie tables. A take-home container was always provided. She was an avid reader, card player and was an excellent cook. Melba and Frank valued a strong work ethic, integrity and education. They proudly motivated and mentored their children empowering them to work hard and advance their educations beyond high school. However, her ultimate joy was being a grandmother, and for the last year, a great-grandmother. Her retirement years were spent attending as many of her grandchildren's sports, concerts, graduations and weddings as possible, in many states across the country. In addition to her husband, parents and her sister, Janet Ortman, she was predeceased by her daughter, Kristie Sue; and a granddaughter, Rachel Kimberly Giovannelli. She is survived and deeply loved by her children, Kathryn (Floyd) Omecinski and their daughters, Kristie (Scott) Smith (great-grandson Liam Smith) and Katelin Omecinski, Kimberly Giovannelli, Frank (Jeanna) Giovannelli, of Ohio, and their sons, F. Joseph and Alexander, Benjamin (Patricia) Giovannelli, of Allison Park, and their daughter, Christina (Jarrett) Herold, of California, John Giovannelli, of Virginia and his children, Isabella, Zachary, and Gabriella, and Perry (Karen) Giovannelli, of Allegheny Township, and their children, Noah, Bria, and Lily. Melbalee will also be missed by her canine clan, Gibbs, Princess and Gidget, who gave her much love and companionship. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to East Suburban Citizen Advocacy at www.eastsuburbancitizenadvocacy.org, 4559 Old William Penn Highway, Suite 200, Murrysville PA 15668, the Cardiovascular Fund at Allegheny Health Network, www.supportahn.org, 4818 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224, Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, 730 Church St., New Kensington, PA 15068, American Heart Association, www.heart.org, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231, National Kidney Foundation, www.kidney.org, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016, or a charity of your choice. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the GIUNTA-BERTUCCI FUNERAL HOME INC., 1509 Fifth Ave., Arnold, JohnPaul Bertucci, owner/supervisor. A Funeral Mass will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington. Burial will be private. To leave an online condolence, visit www.giunta-bertucci.com.
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