Mary (Beldecos) Faines, aged 96, died peacefully on October 30, 2022. Mary was born March 25, 1926, in Chester, PA, and lived in Pittsburgh’s Highland Park for most of her life. She was the adored wife of the late Peter G. Faines and mother to George P. (Jennifer) Faines. She is preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Penelope Beldecos, and brothers John, Nicholas, and Frank Beldecos and brothers-in-law, Charlie Koines and Alex Katsafanas; survived by her sister, Kay Beldecos Koines of Cocoa Beach, Florida, sisters-in-law, Helen Beldecos of Wallingford, Pennsylvania, Vange Beldecos and Dee Beldecos of Pittsburgh, and Mary Katsafanas of Houston, Texas, along with many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Mary graduated from West Chester University (WCSTC) and taught music for 30 years, first in Chester, PA, and for decades in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. As a dedicated teacher, Mary touched the lives of countless students with her high-spirited energy and passion for music and learning. It was her goal to instill in her students a lifelong love and appreciation for all types of music. As a tireless volunteer, she helped organize and directed the OASIS seniors group chorus for 15 years and served as a tutor for GED students at the former Connolly High School. Mary was also an active volunteer in numerous capacities at Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Oakland for more than 40 years. During the past five years, Mary (with Pete until his passing seven months ago) lived at Lighthouse Pointe UPMC Senior Living in Fox Chapel and, most recently, at Cumberland Crossing Manor in McCandless. Mary and Pete were happy at both residences and surrounded by many dear friends. For her entire lifetime, Mary was most enthusiastic about spending quality time with her family members. She enjoyed a long and full life of family gatherings, friendships, travel, cooking, dining out, watching movies and Pittsburgh sports, and, most of all, spending time with Pete, her loving spouse and best friend of almost 69 years. Friends will be received at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS, INC., 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Saturday, November 5, 2022, from 10 AM until an 11 AM Funeral Service in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral.
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral
419 S. Dithridge Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213