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Jacob R.  Minsinger
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  • Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship Fund
    1901 Centre Avenue
    Suite 204
    Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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“This message is just appearing now as I did not hear of his passing until very recently:To all of Mr. Minsingers' family - you have my deepest...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“Our condolences to the Minsinger family. Jake was a great principal and a wonderful person. Carl, Martha, and Carla Berdnik ”
2 of 13 | Posted by: Carl Berdnik - Pittsburgh, PA

“One of the legacies of Jake was his more than 50 year tenure in the Pittsburgh Public Schools as a teacher and especially as Principal of Arlington...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: William Fisher - Pittsburgh, PA

“So sorry to learn of Mr. Minsinger's passing. I wish to convey my deepest sympathy to the family. Mr. Minsinger should always be remembered for his...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: David Harding - Dublin, OH

“I am sorry for your great loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn," sustain your family during this...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“Jerry I would like to convey my condolences on the death of your father ”
6 of 13 | Posted by: mike foriska - pgh pa - coworker

“Steve sorry to hear about your grand father. ”
7 of 13 | Posted by: Carolyn Dombrosky - Pittsburgh, PA

“Dearest Jerry, Debbie and family our deepest sympathies to you on the passing of Jake. He was definitely one of a kind and left many of us with good...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Donna and George Vlassich - PA

“My condolenced to the Minsinger Family. ”
9 of 13 | Posted by: Bobbie Cartus - Wilmington, NC

“One of the truly great principal in the Pittsburgh Public Schools!! ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Paul Pollock - Pittsburgh, PA

“Dear Jerry, Your Dad was one of the good guys in the system. He taught me so much about being a principal and a person. I will always remember the...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Paul Pollock - Pittsburgh, PA

“To the Minsinger Family, Jake was the principal of Conroy School when I first started working for the Pittsburgh Public School District. He was the...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Brent Johnson - Green Tree, PA

“Jerry and family: So sorry to hear of your. Dad's passing. You're in my prayers. ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: Dennis Wilson - Saratoga Springs, NY


Born October 18, 1925, died February 9, 2017, at the age of 91. Son of the late Walter and Myrtle Minsinger; husband of the late Georgia Flynn for 53 years; beloved father of Jerry (Debra) Minsinger and Jean (the late Victor) Cianca; loving grandfather of Jacob and Chelsea Minsinger, Victor (Natalie) and Steve Cianca; loving great-grandfather of Amber, Kara and Tieran Cianca. Jacob was a great-grandson of one of Mount Washington's original settlers. He served in the Army Air Force in WWII with the 19th Bomb Group, 20th Air Force on the Mariana Islands of Saipan, Tinian and Guam. He attended the University of Pittsburgh where he received a B.A. and M.E. in special education. During his career in education, he attended Bank Street College of Education from 1974-1978. His time there was spent improving educational practices and learning about the educational system in the United States and around the world. Jacob retired in 2001 after serving in the Pittsburgh Public Schools for 55 years. In addition to his tenure as an educator, Jacob was active in numerous Masonic organizations, serving as Master of the John A. Brashear Masonic Lodge 743 F&AM.