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By Bill Vidonic
Saturday, March 1, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
 

The sign at the Hair Affair Beauty Salon in Hampton bore the phrase “family hair care,” and owner Maureen Lankiewicz treated it like a home, one of her daughters said.

Ms. Lankiewicz nurtured her employees, teaching them the latest styles and techniques. Her daughters worked in the salon, doing chores or washing hair. Customers knew the Lankiewicz family well.

“It was just another place we lived in,” Melissa Bradfield of Hampton said. “Customers all became like an extension of her family.”

Maureen Brennan Lankiewicz of West Deer died on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, in UPMC Passavant. She had been receiving cancer treatments. She was 73.

Ms. Lankiewicz was just 17 when she started in the hair business, her daughter said. Beginning in the early 1960s, Ms. Lankiewicz was an instructor at the Pittsburgh Beauty Academy for about 10 years, her family said. She also styled hair in the basement of her home.

By 1977, she opened a shop in Highland Park. In 1986, she opened another in Hampton, and ran both shops for several years, before closing the Highland Park store in 1988. She operated the Hampton shop until her retirement about three years ago, when she sold the store.

Ms. Lankiewicz hired young people, at least one right out of beauty school.

“I think because she was a teacher, she could see in the girls what they could be. She had faith in them, and believed in them. She kept on doing that, and they became more like family to her.”

Ms. Lankiewicz was a facilitator for Divorce Care, a group affiliated with Allison Park Church, that helps counsel and support those going through a divorce. Ms. Lankiewicz was a divorcee and knew what others were going through, her daughter said.

“That was her ministry. She wanted to help people heal from a broken marriage,” Bradfield said.

In addition to her daughter, Melissa, Ms. Lankiewicz is survived by: her mother, Marie M. Brennan, of West Deer; daughters Karen McLellan of Spring Hill and Deneen Keefer of Richland; and son Robert SeCaur of Canonsburg; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph T. Brennan, and brother Joseph T. Brennan.

A funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday in Allison Park Church, Allison Park. Ms. Lankiewicz will be laid to rest in Allegheny County Memorial Park in Allison Park. Arrangements were handled by King Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Allison Park.

Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or bvidonic@tribweb.com.

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