Family Login:

Dorothea A. Croce
  • In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to

Share This Obituary

Send Flowers
 Send Flowers

Memories & Candles

“It is with deep sorrow that we learned the passing of a great woman ( Mother Dorothea).We are extending our deepest condolences to the whole family....Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Jean Bley - West Chester, PA

“To Mike, Ben and Robby,I just saw the notice of your mom passing away this past week. I am so sorry to learn of your loss. Your mom and dad were so...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Michael Wastchak - Allison Park, PA

“Our neighborhood will never be the same but she will live on in our hearts and mind! So sorry for the loss of your Mom! She adored her family! ”
3 of 6 | Posted by: Tricia Burkett - Pittsburgh, PA

“I loved Dorothea and Gino. I met them at Scott Pool in 2011. When I told them my last name, they asked me if I was related to Frank Sgro, the chef,...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: THERESA SGRO - CARNEGIE, PA

“My husband and I always enjoyed talking to Dorothea when she would go on her daily walks around the neighborhood. Sometimes it was just a short hello...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Christine Missonak - Friend

“Our condolences on the sudden loss of your dear Mother. Ralph and Becky RusciolelliNancy and Dan MedichMary And Chip MenzPhil and Barbra...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Ralph and Becky Rusciolelli - PA

Of Scott Township, passed away unexpectedly in her home on Sunday, June 14, 2020. She was a beautiful woman inside and out, a creative spirit with a kind heart who was taken from us entirely too soon. Our hearts are broken.

She is survived by three loving sons, who are no doubt her proudest accomplishment, Michelangelo (Jhobanna), Benedetto (Teresa), and Roberto (Beth); her dear sister and brother Vreni Johr (Dieter) and Markus Allenspach (Heidi) and extended family in the U.S., Switzerland, and Italy. She was a dedicated and caring grandmother to her grandchildren, Elisabetta, Luigino, Giuseppe, Leila, and Giuliano who loved her more than words can say. She is preceded in death by Gino, her devoted husband of 54 years, her beloved sister Ruth Allenspach, and her parents, Berta and Willie Allenspach.

Born 78 years ago in Reinach, Switzerland, she adored the Swiss countryside with its snow-capped mountains and alpine wildflowers, a love she shared with her sisters and brother. At 21 she fell in love with a handsome, Italian chef with a heart of gold. The pair came to the U.S. by boat in 1966. It took a special kind of love to leave her family at a port in Genoa with two (soon to be three) small boys at her ankles, waving a handkerchief at everything she'd known. A hardworking, immigrant wife, she raised her sons in a new country while learning English. She spoke French with her husband and called her family across the ocean in her native Swiss German. She saw the artistry in everything and her creative vision was reflected in her excellent taste and homemaking. At every dinner, a bouquet of fresh flowers on the table, beautifully arranged, a talent she shared with the Giant Eagle floral department for 20 years. She loved her work and the friendships that blossomed there lasted her whole life. When Gino fell ill, she assumed the role of primary caretaker and protector with grace and grit. She carried the torch when her beloved husband passed, making homemade sauce (her lasagna would've made Nonno proud) and tending to the garden while establishing some of her own traditions along the way.

What opens up in the space someone leaves behind. An avid walker, reader, and gardener, she took great pleasure in nature and stopped to smell every flower that crossed her path. She rejoiced in springtime, but summer was her big love. When she wasn't at Scott Pool with her swimming friends or out walking in her neighborhood, she'd be in her yard stretching her toes in the grass. She was a barefoot girl through and through. We love you, Grandma. Friends welcome FRIDAY 1-4, 6-8pm, William Slater II Funeral Service (412-563-2800) 1650 Greentree Rd, Scott Twp 15220. Blessing Service 10:00a.m. SATURDAY in the funeral home. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic guidelines the wearing of facial mask's and social distancing is required.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to

Upcoming Funeral Services

Mt. Lebanon Cemetery

Washington Road Pittsburgh, PA