Lower Burrell man’s voice could be heard ‘ringing out’ over others
Frank Guerrini had a clean, clear voice -- the kind that could be picked out in a church choir. His melodies made people smile.
“You could hear his voice ringing out over everybody else’s,” his son, Paul Guerrini said.
Mr. Guerrini’s voice also inspired.
“He’s the reason I sing,” said Guerrini, who performs with two groups. “Everything I do revolves around music. Because of him, that’s why.”
Frank A. Guerrini, 71, of Lower Burrell died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, at his home.
Born in New Kensington on July 4, 1947, he was the son of Edith Inez Guerrini and the late Frank E. Guerrini.
He met his wife of five years, Rosemary Read Guerrini, on a dating site.
“One of the things that we both had in our profile was that we both liked music, singing,” she said.
Rosemary Guerrini sings with the female a capella group Sweet Adelines. She introduced Mr. Guerrini to barbershop quartets, and he fell in love with performing and competing right away, she said, describing his deep, melodic voice. He sang the bass part in the church choir at St. Margaret Mary Church and when he performed with the Barbershop Harmony Society of Pittsburgh.
She sang a line from one of his favorite songs: “Just in time, I found you just in time.”
Mr. Guerrini was an engineer with Elliott Co. in Jeannette and retired in 2013. He enjoyed reading the newspaper -- especially the editorials and the comics -- as well as golfing and spending time with his grandchildren.
“He was very hardworking, especially when we were younger,” his daughter, Monica Dredge, said. “He was always kind of busy with his job, but he was always there for us.”
Dredge said that her father always encouraged them to keep up with schoolwork and to participate in athletics when they were growing up. She and her siblings became close with him after their mother MaryPat Guerrini passed away, she said, adding that her parents had about 40 years together.
“At the end of the day, he was there for you if you needed him,” his son, Dan Guerrini said, describing his father as a genuine person who always pushed him to work harder.
In addition to his mother and wife, Mr. Guerrini is survived by two sons, Daniel Guerrini and Paul Guerrini; daughter Monica Dredge; stepchildren Elizabeth Scafuri and Heather McQuaid; and several grandchildren.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Rusiewicz of Lower Burrell Funeral Home, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street. Prayers of transfer will be said at the funeral home 9:30 a.m. Friday, followed by a Christian funeral mass at 10 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church in Lower Burrell.
Donations can be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, www.pancan.org.