Columbia (Connie) Mancini Hanlon, 99, of Kennedy Township, PA, died Friday, April
17, 2020 at Asbury Heights, Mt. Lebanon, PA. Connie was born December 20, 1920, in
Barisciano, Italy. She was the daughter of the late Eugenio Mancini and Rosetta
(DiNardo) Mancini. At age 6 years, Connie and her mother, Rosetta, emigrated to the
United States following Eugenio who had come previously to establish a business and
home in Bentleyville, PA,. Connie graduated Bentleyville High School in 1939. During
and after high school Connie worked at her parents small grocery store in Bentleyville.
Eventually Connie moved to Coraopolis where she worked as a waitress and then as an
Operator for the telephone company. Connie met her late husband, Robert Whitmer
Hanlon, in Coraopolis. Connie, Robert and sons settled in Kennedy Township and were
members of St. Malachy Catholic Church, since its inception.
Connie devoted her life to vocations of marriage, family and friendship. To her sons and
family she was the ultimate caregiver, cook, guide and support. These qualities became
hallmark characteristics of Connie to all who knew her. Connie worked for the good of
the church and community almost tirelessly. For decades Connie volunteered in all
aspects of parish life, but she was most invested in the Ladies Guild, Christian Mothers,
Nationality Festival and Bereavement Services. Connie was perhaps best know for the
many years she provided leadership and organization to the Italian booth for the annual
St. Malachy Nationality Festival. Into her 90s, Connie continued to support church
activities as much as she was able. Connie carried on her deceased husband’s lifelong
support of children’s special needs, especially St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital,
that occupied much of her compassion and empathy in recent years. At Asbury Heights,
where Connie lived with compromises, she somehow showed even more abundant grace
and compassion for her fellow residents and the staff.
Preceding Connie in death were her husband, Robert Whitmer Hanlon, who died June 9,
2001; sister Olga (Mancini) Cuteri, who died August 10, 2000; stepson Charles Reed
Hanlon, who died April 16, 1998; stepdaughter, Martha Kidney who died October 15,
Surviving are her three sons: Dr. Eugene B. Hanlon of Boston, MA; Raymond B. Hanlon
and his wife, Donna, of Portersville, PA; J. Barry Hanlon of Houston, TX; three
grandchildren: Dr. Aaron R. Hanlon and his partner, April Le, of Waterville, ME, Sean R.
Hanlon of Pittsburgh, PA, and R. Dylan Hanlon and spouse, Geah Miller, of Boston, MA
and their daughter Josephine, great-grandchild to Connie; sister, Dolcie (Mancini)
DeNardo, of Detroit, MI; stepson Robert W. Hanlon, Jr. and wife Gloria, of Southaven,
MS; daughter-in-law, Shirley Hanlon, of Southbridge, MA, wife of the late Charles Reed
Hanlon; step grandchildren: Lisa McGregor of Blytheville, AR, Jessica Davish, of Horn
Lake, MS, Kathy Poirier of Clemson, SC, Karen Kidney (deceased), Daniel Kidney
(deceased); step great-grandchildren: John McGregor, Elizabeth McGregor, Janice
McGregor, Christian Wallace, Victoria Davish, Meg Poirier, and Faye Poirier.
A private viewing of immediate family will be held at McDermott Funeral Home in
A memorial Mass of Christian burial will be held at a later date.
Donations on behalf of Connie can be made to Asbury Heights, Children’s Hospital of
Pittsburgh or St. Judes’s Children’s Research Hospital.
For additional information or to send online condolences or to add pictures, please visit McDermott Funeral