Greensburg restaurant owner kept family as priority
Frances Monteparte lived by the motto “The family that cooks together stays together.”
Mrs. Monteparte and her late husband, James, operated two restaurants in Greensburg for two decades but didn’t let it get in the way of family life, said her son, Vincent.
“We spent many hours in those restaurants, helping them cook, cleaning tables. It was a way for us to stay together as a family,” he said.
On Sunday, when the restaurant was closed, the priorities were going to Mass, cleaning the restaurant and having dinner at home, he said.
“My mom was really good about keeping that balance in the family,” he said.
Frances A. (Lauricia) Monteparte of Greensburg died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, at Allegheny General Hospital. She was 88.
Born in Jeannette on July 6, 1931, she was a daughter of the late Alfonso and Jennie (Dalesandro) Lauricia. Her parents came to the United States from Sicily in the 1920s.
She and her husband were married for 67 years and raised two sons. Early in her marriage, she was a homemaker and a member of the Greensburg Club of Italian Women.
In the mid-1970s, she and her husband opened the Heritage House, a Greensburg cocktail lounge that served steak and seafood. They later owned and operated West Point Lounge, a family restaurant with Italian cuisine. They stayed in the restaurant business through the early 1990s, her son said.
“She did the cooking and managed the place,” Vincent Monteparte said. “She had a great meatball. I miss those the most.”
Mrs. Monteparte learned to cook mostly from her mother and her mother-in-law, he said. “When you’re around something long enough, you generally pick it up,” he said.
“She enjoyed it when people would compliment her on her cooking. If you’re a repeat customer, you’re like family to her,” he said.
Later in life, Mrs. Monteparte enjoyed traveling and spending time with her sons. She was an avid Pittsburgh Pirates fan and enjoyed watching “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!”
is survived by two sons, Vincent Monteparte of San Diego, Calif., and Ricardo Monteparte of Greensburg; a granddaughter; and two sisters.
Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Clement L. Pantalone Funeral Home, 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. Parting prayers will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Entombment will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Stroke Association, 444 Liberty Ave., Suite 1300, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Stephen at 724-850-1280, [email protected] or via Twitter .