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Francis Pineno

October 22, 2009

Francis Louis “Frank” Pineno, 82, Selinsgrove, unexpectedly departed this life due to post-operative complications on October 22, 2009, while a patient in Sunbury Community Hospital.

He was born on July 16, 1927, in the family home in Wyoming, a son of the late Phillip and Josephine Mullay Pineno. Frank’s passing breaks a marital union of 58 years preceded by a five-year courtship with Mariam Ruth Davis, of Old Nelson, Pa., a musician/classmate whom he met on her 18th birthday. The couple wed on June 24, 1951, in Nelson, Pa.

Survivors, every one his pride-and-joy, are Jonathan Phillip Pineno and wife, Evelyn Anne Bachelder-Pineno; Elizabeth Gayl Pineno-Barron and husband, David; Michael Davis Pineno and wife, Sherry; Martha Louise Pineno-Hess and husband, Todd; grandchildren Jeffery M. Barron and wife, Nicole; Christopher A. Barron; Laura E. Barron; Stephanie M. Pineno and partner Robert Verosky; and Phillip A. Pineno; great-grandchildren Caleb J. Verosky and Sienna G. Verosky; step-grandchildren Stephen, Philip and Carolyn Coccorese; Amanda L. Martin and husband, Boyd; and step-great-granddaughters Sarah, Autumn, Rachel, Bethany and Madelyn Martin; sister Particia Musloski and husband, Victor; an aunt and an uncle; as well as numerous beloved first cousins.

Frank graduated from the Wyoming Memorial High School in 1945. His 1949 undergraduate music degree at Mansfield State Teachers College followed on the heels of a stint in the U.S. Navy and an honorable discharge. His Master of Music in Education degree was awarded at Penn State University in 1953 and he never stopped learning his musical craft. Pineno served on the Corontowan yearbook staff and joined the Phi Mu Alpha professional music fraternity. Other current memberships include the Sunbury City Band, American Legion Post, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.

Francis Pineno began his music teaching career in 1949 at the Hamlin Township, McKean County, school district, where he served four years as vocal instructor grades 1-12 and as band instructor. He moved to Selinsgrove in 1953 where he taught instrumental music lessons and band grades 4-12. Scores of his students excelled at PMEA District 8, Regional, State and All-Eastern Band festivals, many of whom went on to pursue music education degrees and performance careers.

In 1963, Pineno received a prestigious John Hay Fellowship in Humanities, a six-week study at Williams College in Massachusetts. He continued his bass violin playing from his own high school group through the Esquires Jazz band at Mansfield and for many years with the local dance combo The 4 Notes. He was accepted into the Band Masters Association, provided leadership as vice president and president of District 8 PMEA and the PMEA executive committee. He was Rotary Club “Man of The Year,” 40 years as founder and director of the Selinsgrove Area Adult Band before joining the lower brass section as a player, High School Pa. Citation of Excellence winner for District 8 in 1990.

Frank volunteer-taught Selinsgrove Area Middle School instrumentalists for several years after retirement until the current school year. He was an avid reader, performer, traveler and devoted family man. One Hand-One Heart was the couple’s mantra appearing as their e-mail signature and etched in their memorial stone. The loss of this gentleman will be felt far and wide.

Friends and family may visit Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon, and again from 2 to 4 p.m. at the V.L. Seebold Funeral Home, 601 N. High Street, Selinsgrove, where the service will be held at 4 p.m. with Deanna Finch officiating.

Interment will follow in Orchard Hills Cemetery, Shamokin Dam.

Family will provide flowers. Contributions in Frank’s memory may be made to the charity of donor’s choice.

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