LORRAINE "HONEY" TIBERIO
Lorraine “Honey” Tiberio, 86, of Clairton, PA died peacefully at her home, with her children by her side, on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Honey was born June 5, 1930 in Clairton, a daughter of Louis and Anne (Arch) O’Matz. She received her beautician license in 1946 from Maison Frederick Beauty School in Pittsburgh, PA and, after graduating from Clairton High School in 1947, she went to work as a hairdresser at Juanita Pritchard’s Beauty Shop on Miller Avenue in Clairton. In 1950 she married Robert (Bob) Tiberio, also of Clairton, where they lived for the rest of their lives. She ended her beautician career in 1952 to raise her family, though she never stopped cutting hair for all of her neighbors, friends, and family.
Honey, an avid bowler, played in the duck pin league on St. Clare Avenue in Clairton and, later, for the Colonial Belles in Elizabeth, PA. In 1970 she began working for the Westinghouse Transportation Division, currently Bombardier Transportation Division, on Route 885 in West Mifflin, PA. During her 33 year tenure Lorraine worked in the stock room, drove an eighteen foot flat-bed truck, and eventually ended her career as a material controller for Bombardier. While employed for Westinghouse/Bombardier she was a dedicated volunteer for the Make a Wish Foundation.
She was a generous and fun-loving person with a great sense of humor. One of her favorite recreational pastimes was shopping at Macy’s with her daughter Sheri. Despite their many years of support for the popular department store at Century III Mall, it still closed! She loved to cook and had the cleanest house in town. She was determined, tenacious, and like her heroine “Rosie the Riveter”, she never gave up. Most importantly, Honey was dedicated to her family, especially her children.
Each Christmas Honey bought her children a AAA Plus membership as a gift. She loved the “three A’s”, as she called it, and any time one of her children was traveling by car on a long trip she would call us several times on our cell phones. Her calls never failed to occur when we were in the midst of multiple tractor trailer trucks. We all looked forward to hearing her voice begin each call with a cheery “Hey! How’s the motoring going?” And every call ended with Mom saying “Happy motoring!” So, to our Mom, her children wish her “Happy motoring!”
In addition to her parents, Honey was preceded in death by her husband, Bob in 1974 and her brother, Raymond O’Matz In 2014. She is survived by her daughters, Lori (Lisa Kannenberg) Tiberio of Charlotte, NC and Sheri (Ron) Flickstein of Bethel Park, PA; son, Robert (Susan Elcock) Tiberio of West Palm Beach, FL; grandchildren, Christopher (Kristy) Tiberio and Nicole (Trey) Wensing; great-grandchildren, Addison Wensing and Taylor Tiberio; brother, Louis “Buddy” (Sally) O’Matz of Bethel Park, PA and many nieces, nephews, and cousins, including her cousins in Slovenia.
Friends will be received in the Stephen D. Slater Funeral Home on Route 51 (Large) in Jefferson Hills, PA from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, January 13, 2017. A Blessing Service will be held in the funeral home at 8 pm at the conclusion of visitation. A memorial funeral Mass will take place at 10:00 am on Saturday, January 14, 2017 in Saint Clare of Assisi Church 460 Reed Street, Clairton, PA 15025. EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Make A Wish Foundation www.wish.org, www.breathpa.org, the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Lung Association www.lung.org, or a charity of your choice.
The family would like to thank her wonderful care-giver, Emma Davis, for her thoughtful, sensitive care and, most importantly, her friendship with our mother and family. We also extend our deepest appreciation to OSPTA and their staff for their years of great service for our Mother and family, from after hospital care to physical therapy and finally Hospice.