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Woman was 'down to earth, hardworking'

| Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, 11:00 p.m.
MaryAnn Cherubini, 69, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017 at her home.
MaryAnn Cherubini, 69, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017 at her home.

When MaryAnn Cherubini read about families suffering from fires or other catastrophes, she had an immediate reaction, her husband said.

“It would be nothing for her to say, ‘Hey hon, I'm going to send $200, $300 to help this family out,' ” James “Jack” A. Cherubini said.

Mrs. Cherubini was generous with her time and talent, said St. Vincent Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki.

“She was very down to earth, hardworking, wise,” he said. “She was energetic and always eager to help people.”

MaryAnn Cherubini, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at her home. She was 69.

She was born Feb. 22, 1948, in Greensburg, the daughter of the late Myles A. and Josephine Donoghue.

After she graduated high school, Mrs. Cherubini was with some friends when she overheard a man talking about data processing classes in Pittsburgh, her husband said. She signed up for classes at a now-defunct technical school and then attended Westmoreland County Community College, where they met, he said.

“She and I both came from families where there wasn't much money,” he said. “We struggled to do anything.”

A friend and former co-worker at a restaurant loaned her money to take the college classes, he said. That generosity led to them endowing scholarships at the community college, St. Vincent College and St. Vincent Seminary, he said.

She was active in the church and the college, Nowicki said.

“She was an amazing woman,” he said. “She had the capacity to make everyone feel as if they were the best of friends.”

Mrs. Cherubini graduated from WCCC in 1979 with an associate degree in data processing. The college named her its 2015 Distinguished Alumnus for her professional accomplishments and community service.

She worked as a data processing manager for Hempfield Area School District for 27 years. During this time, she attended St. Vincent College and graduated magna cum laude in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in computer science and information management.

One of her professors was Brother Norman W. Hipps, now the college's president. The class was an 8:30 a.m. course in beginning mathematics, and Mrs. Cherubini was a conscientious student, he said.

“She was there every day at 8,” he said. “She was one of the best students in the class.”

Mrs. Cherubini was also a model Benedictine oblate, which is someone not in the monastery who chooses to live by the rule of St. Benedict.

“She was a very pleasant and quiet, loving person that people just enjoyed being around,” Hipps said.

Mrs. Cherubini was a member of St. Bruno Roman Catholic Church, South Greensburg, where she served as an Eucharistic minister, lector and member of the adult and funeral choirs. She previously volunteered for Meals on Wheels.

“Whoever came into contact with her fell in love with her because of her generosity,” her husband said.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Cherubini is survived by stepson James A. Cherubini and his wife, Christine, of South Greensburg; stepdaughters, Leann Myers and her husband, Bruce, of Greensburg, and Jacquelyn Greece and her husband, Mark, of South Greensburg; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Leo M. Bacha Funeral Home, 516 Stanton St., Greensburg.

Prayers will begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed at 10 a.m. by a funeral Mass in St. Bruno Roman Catholic Church, South Greensburg. Entombment will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum.

Memorials may be made to the James A. and MaryAnn Cherubini Endowed Scholarships at Westmoreland County Community College, St. Vincent College or St. Vincent Seminary.

Brian Bowling is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-1218, bbowling@tribweb.com or via Twitter @TribBrian.

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