Memories of Easter in Pittsburgh

As a product of the Pittsburgh diaspora, holidays in the ‘Burgh were a big part of my childhood. And although we spent more Thanksgivings and Christmases in Pittsburgh, I celebrated more than a few Easter Sunday’s at St. Wendellen’s in Baldwin and/or North American Martyrs and/or St. Bernadette’s in Monroeville.

Those Sunday morning masses were followed of course by big brunches and even bigger dinners held at exotic locales on Ceadercove Street and/or Knollwood Drive (if only it coulda been Nollwood Drive….)

And although those trips came to an end in the 1990’s as my grandparents settled into permanent residence at St. George’s-St. Joseph’s cemetery off of Brownsville Road in Mt. Oliver, those trips form small but important part of the fabric of my memories.

While Steelers paraphilia did comprise a good chuck of Christmas gifts in the late 70’s and early 80’s – before I reached double digits even, I can’t remember too much if any Steelers, Pirates, or Pen’s themed Easter Candy. But it exists, and through the magic of Twitter they can be enjoyed by all.

Can’t claim any Bloomfield-related Easter memories and both of my grandfather’s answered to “Grandpa.” But my father certainly spent a lot of Easter Sunday’s in Bloomfield as a child (long before this photo was taken) and he certainly called his grandfather “Pap.”

Happy Easter and Happy Passover to all in Steelers Nation (albeit a day late.)

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