Marilyn Wagman Kranich

Marilyn Wagman Kranich

KRANICH: Marilyn Wagman Kranich, surrounded by her loving husband and family, passed away peacefully in her Pittsburgh home on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023, at the age of 92. She was born in an age when opportunities for women were limited, but she was a strong, intelligent, independent woman, who had many meaningful achievements. She — and her beloved husband of 67 years, R. Brett Kranich — lived in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, from 1955-1989. It was in Johnstown where she served as a stylish dress buyer for Brett’s, her husband’s renowned women’s boutique. After her husband accepted a position with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, and they relocated to Harrisburg, she had a successful career in residential real estate sales. When they retired and moved to Pittsburgh to be closer to some of their grown children, Marilyn spent her days knitting, reading and volunteering — which were three constants throughout her life. Perhaps her proudest accomplishment was being the mother of four daughters, all of whom will miss her very much: Debra (Robert) Mendelson of Pittsburgh, Elissa (James) Mendelson of Pittsburgh, Alison (George) Youlios of Santa Clarita, California, and Sara (Jonathan) Beiser of Bethesda, Maryland. She is also survived and missed by her sister, Corinne Mazerov; grandchildren Lauren (Sid), Jesse (Tate), Sam, Cara (John), Matt, Stephanie (Dan), Katie, Allison and Harrison; and great-grandchild, Sutton.
Marilyn’s family will be forever grateful for the tender care she received from both Bridges Hospice and from caregivers Yvette Harrison and Debbie Leggett. Graveside service and interment private. Contributions may be made to UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, 5115 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232, or to the charity of each donor’s choice. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., family owned and operated. PJC

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