January 9, 1946 – July 1, 2021
Francine Dinneen Abraham was an example of integrity, grace, courage, kindness and simplicity. She passed away peacefully on July 1, 2021. Francine was born on January 9, 1946 in Pittsburgh, PA and raised in Oakland. She was the daughter to the late Margaret and Francis Dinneen.
An absolute inspiration to all who knew her, she committed her life to helping others. If you asked a hundred people who she was, they may tell you different stories. Francine was philanthropist who steadfastly focused on improving the lives of children. She had an extraordinary heart and a compassionate spirit that will be remembered by the graduates of The Neighborhood Academy that she took to Fallingwater every year. Francine was a member of the Board of Directors at Point Park University, The Neighborhood Academy, Attack Theatre, Kelly Strayhorn Theatre, and City Theatre and was a member of the Duquesne Club. Francine completed her undergrad at Point Park University and then attended Alliant International University in Mexico City, Mexico where she earned her master’s degree. Francine worked for 40 years at Mellon Bank and Ernst Young.
Francine loved to travel with her late husband of 37 years, Jim Abraham. They thoroughly enjoyed the arts. Her legacy will live through her cherished children; son Andrew Ferraro (Kim Aven) of New Castle and daughter Amy Ferraro (David Perl) of Monroeville. She leaves behind her loving grandchildren Julianna, Patrick and Kinley Ferraro. Her sister Elizabeth “Betty” Dinneen (Rich Boscarein) of Boulder, Colorado and brother David (Roberta) Dinneen of Chicago, Illinois.
She is preceded in death by her brothers Joseph Dinneen, James Dinneen and sister Margaret “Peggy” (Joe) Russos.
Francine was truly dedicated to living a purpose driven life and she will be celebrated at Phipps Conservatory And Botanical Gardens located at 1 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 on July 27, 2021 from 12PM to 3PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Neighborhood Academy 709 N. Aiken Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 in memory of Francine Abraham.
Entrusted by H.P. Brandt Funeral Home 412-364-4444
Celebration of Life
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
July 23, 2021
My dear friend, I am just learning of our loss. We became close very quickly. You shared holidays, trips, and happy times. You were generous and kind to so many people and causes. I will hold you in my thoughts and prayers.
July 23, 2021
Dear Andrew and Amy,
My deep condolences at the passing of your mom. Francine was like a second mom to me - we went through training together when I first moved to Pittsburgh and we worked at Mellon together for many years. I will miss our annual birthday lunches and seeing her at fundraising events. She was truly a leader and a kind, compassionate person. She will be greatly missed.
July 20, 2021
When I worked at Point Park University, Francine, without preamble, walked over to me, introduced herself and starting talking. We became instant friends. After I left Point Park and lost touch, she sought me out to introduce me to The Neighborhood Academy. Almost everyone I ran into during that time said, "Francine is looking for you". Fran was relentless that way. When we re-connected, it was as if no time had passed--that was over 10 years ago. Even as her health began to fail, she kept going for as long as she could. Francine was kind and compassionate. She gave of herself without restraint. She was never judgmental or condescending. She was a wonderful friend and mentor to me. She meant the world to me. I will sorely miss her, but I am blessed to have known her.
July 18, 2021
One of my favorite memories of Fran was shortly after my wife, Peggy, died in 2008. At Christmastime that year, my son, Nicholas, and I were returning to Richmond, VA, after visiting Betty and her husband, Richard, in Boulder, CO. Our return flight went through Pittsburgh, but the layover was too short for us to see Fran. However, as fate would have it, the leg of the flight from Pittsburgh to Richmond was booked and the airline pleaded for someone to give up their seat and offered a $100 gift certificate and a free night's stay in the airport's hotel. We immediately called Fran and she dropped whatever plans she had for that night and offered to take us to a jazz concert. Of course, we told the airline we would give up our seats. What followed was the most magical unplanned evening of our lives, having dinner with Fran and attending a jazz concert with her! It was amazing that we got to see both of Peggy's sisters, Betty and Fran, on the same day, 2,000 miles apart!
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
July 9, 2021
Our hearts go out to the family at this sorrowful time.
July 4, 2021
Someone called her authentic so let me add she was authentically cool. She was so interesting to talk to and fun to be around. She day-drank with Andrew and I on NY Eve and was down for burgers at Tessaro's. I regret I was unable to visit with her again before her decline. I'm so sorry for your loss but you know she is in a better place now. 🙏🤲💐
July 3, 2021
I will truly miss Francine’s wit, candor and sincerity. We knew each other professionally and became quick friends. She and Jim celebrated Christmas Eve with my family for many years., a time that was precious for us all. With Fran, you knew where she stood; she was authentic, did not bite her tongue and was an inclusive, caring humanitarian. I love you Fran. Our world was better because you were in it.
July 2, 2021
Francine was an ARTS patron and I met her and Jim at City Theatre. I loved our conversations and laughs. She was a joy in my life. May your cherished memories comfort you. May she fly with the angels and be in Jim's arms now.
My deepest sympathy,