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Keith ‘Gerard’ Nanz

  • On December 18, 2021

Keith Gerard’ Nanz passed away peacefully on December 18, 2021, at the age of 79. Despite his more recent health complications, Keith showed us all what it means to live a life of gratitude and love.

Keith first met the love of his life, Lora ‘Ruth Ann’ Nanz(Pals), while students at Notre Dame and St. Mary’s. Whileit took many years and many turns for their paths to cross again, but once they did, Keith and Lora never left one another’s side. Together they built a family, with daughter Erika (Fred), and son, Jonathan (Jennifer). Family was everything to Keith and he bestowed his generosity andaffection on all, especially his five grandchildren, Gunnar, Asher, Addie, Colton and Wyatt, to whom he was fondly known as ‘Pops’.

Following Lora’s death in 2006, Keith often commented ‘I’ve had the best, everything else is a bonus’ and that mantra led him to many travels and adventures, with his loving companion, Patricia Fanelli. Keith spent his well-earned retirement happily cutting acres of grass and sipping Southern Comfort.

After suffering a severe stroke in 2016, Keith moved back home to Pittsburgh where his son, Jonathan, sisters, Janice Robbins and Joyce Sampogna and brother, Fr. Jack Nanz, devotedly cared for him. Prior to the pandemic, a bright spot in Keith’s week were his Saturday outings to his son’s house, where he sat by the fire, cheering on his beloved Fighting Irish. He also looked forward to the many FaceTime sessions with his daughter and her family in Florida and their visits to Pittsburgh to see ‘Pops’.  

Keith’s family will miss his sharp humor, classic style, andenthusiasm for life, but most of all the love he gave.

Preceded in death by his parents, John and Dolores, wife, Lora, and sister, Judy Gill, a celebration of Keith’s life will be held in the new year. In lieu of flowers or a donation, please treat your family to a dinner out and tip your server generously, as Keith always did. The family would like to thank the staff at ProMedica (ManorCare) in Peters Township, for their compassion and care in the final years of Keith’s life.

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I love you pops.
Mary Beth
Keith and Lora Nanz were 2 of the most generous people I ever knew. Decades ago , I baby-sat Erika and “JonJon.” Mr and Mrs Nanz not only paid me far above the going wage in the 1980s, they also “ hired” me to go to Florida with them on vacation. Because of their kindness, I experienced my first plane flight, my first trip to Florida and my first shrimp dinner. Their zest for life was contagious! They affected my young life profoundly. Erika, Jonathon and family- please accept my sincere sympathies.
Alberta Veri
Dear Joyce, Janice and Jack, so sorry to hear about Keith. How lucky you all were and are to have each other. Peace Alberta
Suzanne M. Smith
Dear Jack, Our condolences, love, and prayers for you and your sisters. Suzanne and Brian
Amy Juve
My deepest condolences to you all; Your Father will be missed. I will always remember him with a smile on his face, a pep in his step, his forgiving kindness, and his sense of humor. It was obvious to anyone around the love he had for you all. When he was around he always made me feel included. We had the same sense of humor, he always made me laugh, and he always gave me a hug. I am so thankful he is in Heaven with the true love of his life. From the stories I’ve heard what a wonderful life they shared here on earth. They are reunited at Christmas and looking down at all of their children, and grandchildren as they will always be. When Pops’ came to town the kids were always so excited.My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless you, Amy Juve
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