Leonora M. “Lee” (Delle Donne) Trankocy of North Versailles, age 86, on Saturday, April 24, 2021, completed her earthly journey and moved on to her heavenly home.
Beloved wife of Richard J. Trankocy, Sr. for 63 years. Treasured mother of Richard J. (Susan) Trankocy, Jr. and Susan (Stephen) Kennedy of Braddock. Dear grandmother of Robert Kennedy, Randy (Tiffany) Jones, Shannon (Dustin) Dubensky and Caitlin Jones. Proud great-grandmother of Henry and Alexandra Jones; Ella Sue, Lucy and Lila Dubensky.
Leonora was raised in Rankin, graduated from Rankin High School in 1953 and was a willing volunteer for many Rankin reunions.
Leonora’s first job as a teenager was with Jaison’s, a women’s store in Braddock where she worked along with her sister, Carmella. After graduation, she became employed with Beneficial Finance where she worked until she became a mother. Leonora resumed her work with Beneficial when her children were grown and completed a 28-year career as an Administrative Assistant with the firm. While raising the children, Leonora was an active volunteer and leader with the P.T.A. and Boy Scouts.
Leonora has been a 7-decade member of Ss. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Braddock. She was a member of the Byzantine Catholic Serra Club of Pittsburgh and the Braddock Elks Lodge #883 and the ‘Valley Seniors’ of her neighborhood in Green Valley.
Leonora was proud of her Italian heritage and was a member of the Primavera Lodge of the I.S.D.A. in Swissvale. She delighted in spending both Italian Day and Byzantine Catholic Day at Kennywood. When at home, Leonora enjoyed porch conversations, painting ceramics and watching figure skating on television.
Leonora was preceded in death by her sisters, infant Carmella and Carmella Meglio and her brothers, Chester and Joseph Delle Donne.
Friends are welcome on Wednesday from 2-4 & 6-8pm at Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800 where a Panachida will be prayed on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Divine Liturgy in Ss. Peter and Paul Byzantine Church, Braddock, on Thursday at 10 a.m.
Leonora will be laid to rest in Monongahela Cemetery.
Originally published April 26, 2021.