Eleanor Lynch Anater

Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory

Obituaries | The Tube City Almanac | January 02, 2020

Eleanor Lynch Anater, 79, of White Oak, died on Wednesday January 1, 2020 at Jefferson Hospital after surgical complications. Ellie was born in Pittsburgh on September 11, 1940 to Ida (McGrady) and William J. Lynch. She grew up on Chislett Street in the Morningside neighborhood of Pittsburgh with her younger sisters, Bea and Marge, always by her side. She met her devoted husband, Tom, while they were both students at Duquesne University, where she earned her B.S. in Biology. They married at St. Raphael’s Church in Morningside in 1963. Together they had six children: Mark, Michael, Susan, Sharon, Patrick, and Tim. She was a devoted member of St. Angela Merici Parish for 47 years. She was selfless in serving her parish family and its school. She was their long-time Parish Secretary and Director of the Junior Ladies of Charity.  She was in charge of flowers and church decorations for every important date on the liturgical calendar for as long as memory serves.

She served countless roles at St. Angela over the years, from helping students with their science projects to heading up parish fundraising dinners of chicken cordon bleu and lasagna. She was always there to help when help was needed, and she was much-loved for her many acts of grace. She is survived by her son, Mark (Julia) Anater, daughter Susan Anater, daughter Sharon (Kenneth) Crites, son Patrick (Andrea) Anater, and son Timothy (Theresa) Anater. She is also survived by her sisters, Bea Lynch and Marjorie (William) Berner, grandchildren Alexine Ferchak Anater, Sam & Elena Crites, Vivian, James & Claire Anater, and her daughter-in-law, Carol Ferchak-Anater.   She was predeceased by her parents, William J. and Ida (McGrady) Lynch as well as her husband, Thomas F. Anater, and her son, Michael W. Ferchak Anater. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 pm on Friday, January 3 at the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. 1638 Lincoln Way, White Oak. (412) 672-6322 Troy J. Gilbert, Director.  Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Angela Merici in White Oak on Saturday, January 4 at 10 am. Interment will follow at the Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the organization of your choice in Ellie’s memory. Condolences may be made at

Originally published January 02, 2020.

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