Anne Welsh Scarpaci
Age 74, of Mt. Washington, on Friday, November 12, 2021. Wife of the late Joseph “Sonny” Scarpaci and longtime companion of Henry Cooper; Daughter of the late John and Evelyn Welsh; Loving mother of Michael, Dan (Val) and Rick (Brianne) Scarpaci; grandmother of Maya, Michael, Lila, Alexandria, Silas; sister of late Jack Welsh (Patty), Daniel Welsh (Susan), Peggy Jantz(Steve), late Leo(Becky), Kathy Gennuso (late Eric). Also survived by loving family and friends. Anne was born in Braddock on November 30th, 1946. The family moved to West Mifflin and graduated from West Mifflin South in 1964. She met Sonny in 1970 in the south side of Pittsburgh. They got married and moved into an apartment in Dormont. She was a Banker with Dollar Bank and Sonny worked at Fesco Plastics in McKees Rocks. With an expanding family, they decided to buy a house in Mt. Washington. A few years later, she left banking and Sonny lost his job, they had to figure out how to make ends meet. Sonny got a job as a bartender at the Triangle bar. The current owner wanted out of the business and Anne knew this was their chance to build a family business rooted in Mt. Washington. In her own words, she said “Everyday I would get up with the yellow pages and call every lending place I could find. Of course everyone said NO! With the grace of God I called a place on Liberty Ave, told my story for the 100th time and Chris (the man at the lending company) really listened to me. A few days later we met for lunch, I cried my heart out, and Chris agreed to give us the loan. At that moment I had $34.71 in my purse and that meeting was my last hope. Sonny almost died when he found out I got the money. He said, "Scarpaci, only you could talk someone into giving us this money." I just smiled... They called the bar Sonny’s Place. She and Sonny worked tirelessly to make the bar successful, as their sons do now. She was the Matriarch and active in the business everyday of the 38 years of ownership. She loved owning the bar, the friends and customers and helping anybody. She was the most generous person and has given money to many causes, little league baseball, charities, and any customer who was in need of help. She would love to anonymously drop off envelopes of money to friends who were in need during Christmas. There have been generations of families that continue to come to Sonny’s/ Scarpaci’s and we as a family are eternally grateful. Visitations on Wednesday from 2- 8 pm at the Brusco-Falvo Funeral Home Inc. 214 Virginia Avenue, Mt Washington (412) 381-2323. Funeral Mass in Mary, Queen of Peace/St. Mary of the Mount Church on Thursday, 10 am. Please Meet at the Church. Interment Private. Following COVID-19 guidelines, face masks are required. www.bruscofalvo.com
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