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Pat Ianzito Will Be Missed
October 26, 2007 - Heather Ziegler
When I heard the startling news that Pat Ianzito had died suddenly after returning home from his job at the Bayer Corp. on Tuesday, it was like someone kicked me in the stomach. It literally takes the wind out of you when someone seemingly healthy and happy dies so unexpectedly at the age of 55. That's just too young. Pat was one of those guys who enjoyed life and most of all loved his family and faith. He used to coach basketball at St. John Central Grade School in Bellaire and Little League in Shadyside. My family was fortunate enough to meet Pat, his wife Vicki and their children Matt and Jaclyn when our sons played basketball on a travel team together. Those are bonds that last a lifetime even if you only see each other occasionally once the kids are grown. There is something special about sharing parental concerns while sitting with friends like the Ianzitos and watching our kids play ball. Vicki was always his girl. His children were the diamonds in his life and his grandson the extra bonus of love. His family can take comfort in knowing that he was proud of them and loved them before anything else. If Pat could only have seen the outpouring of love for him and his family this week, I'm sure he would be smiling down at all the fuss. But I also hope he knows that the most common comment heard at the funeral home was "you just never know when it's your turn so you better tell those you love what they mean to you today." I watched couples cling a little tighter to one another and young men and women stand a little closer as they offered comfort to Pat's family. There are no real words that can relieve the pain at times like this, but I know Vicki and the kids will be strong in their faith and lean on one another. Our prayers are with them.
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