Olga Mary Melograne, 83, of Whitehall Borough, died Tuesday, February 5, 2013.
She was the wife of the Honorable Jules C. Melograne; mother of the Honorable Phillippe A. (Tracey) Melograne; proud grandmother of Anthony and Nicholas Melograne; preceeded in death by her parents, Robert and Mary Farino and infant sister, Antoinette Janet Farino; and sister of Ronald (Thelma) Farino, Robert Farino, Deanna (Ronald) Buterbaugh, Frank (Dorothy) Farina, Joddy (Patrick) Kirsch. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
After graduating at the top of her high school class in a small mining town, she went on to earn her cosmetology license and barber’s license.
She owned and operated Olga’s Beauty Salon in Oakland for many years.
Mrs. Melograne received numerous awards for haircutting and styling and volunteered her services to homes for the blind and orphanages. She volunteered her time and services to Clelian Heights. She was a founding member of the Italian Heritage Society of America.
She was a certified appraiser, a life member of the International Society of Appraisers and an American material culture educator and mentor. She was selected by the Heinz History Center to help set up the “Shattering Notions” glass display. A life member of the Historical Glass Club of Pittsburgh, Mrs. Melograne served as its president from 1978 to 1980, and she was a member of the board of directors and the education and outreach committee.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in John F. Slater Funeral Home Inc., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, where prayers will be said at 9:15 a.m. Monday, February 11, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Church, Baldwin. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in her memory to Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Children, www.clelianheights.org. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.