Cynthia Browne Kiratzis, 89, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday evening, July 9, 2020, at the Garvey Manor and Our Lady of the Alleghenies. Her residence since 2012, she will be remembered by the Sisters, staff and fellow residents for her overflowing love of life.
Cynthia was born on December 19,1930, in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Gladys (Shivell) and Donald Browne, Jr. Cynthia, sister June and brother Donald III spent their early years in Yonkers, NY. She graduated high school from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, NH in 1948. She graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in New York, NY with Bachelor’s Degrees in Social Work and Fashion Merchandising in 1952. She later went on in the 1970’s to earn a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Duquesne University and a Masters of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Her work experience was vast, beginning in the showrooms of Manhattan and eventuating in the sanctuaries of Pittsburgh. Cynthia’s educational and vocational accomplishments were pioneering for her time.
Cynthia was married in 1955 to Christos Peter Kiratzis of New York, NY. They resided in Portland, ME, Pittsburgh, PA and Buffalo, NY; before settling in The Golden Triangle. It was there where they raised four sons, during the heyday of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers, for whom she enjoyed cheerleading for a lifetime. She delighted in summer vacations with her family on the beaches of Maine, Cape Cod and Long Island. Cynthia was devoted to the service of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at home and in the church and community of Western Pennsylvania. Throughout her life she had memberships in the Presbyterian Church, Roman Catholic Dioceses, Salvation Army and Daughters of the American Revolution.
Cynthia is predeceased by her father, mother, sister, brother and husband. She is survived by her loving family, including four sons, three daughter-in-laws and seven grandchildren. Philip S. Kiratzis, wife Stephanie and children Alexander, Nicholas and Zoe of Asheville, NC; Christopher P. Kiratzis, wife Edie and children Julius, Panos and Christos of Tallahassee, FL; Paul A. Kiratzis of Murrysville, PA; and John T. Kiratzis and wife Patti of Cranberry Township, PA, and child Jonathan.
A memorial service with burial alongside other members of the Kiratzis Family in Pittsburgh, PA will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Garvey Manor and Our Lady of the Alleghenies, Hollidaysburg, PA. (www.garveymanor.org)