Ralph V. "Pitz" Merante

December 15, 1933 ~ March 13, 2020 (age 86)


Ralph V. “Pitz” Merante age 86 of Canonsburg passed away peacefully Friday March 13, 2020 Mercy Hospital Pittsburgh. He was born December 15, 1933 in Canonsburg, a son of the late Joseph and Rose Pitzarella Merante. Mr. Merante lived in Canonsburg where he was a graduate of Canonsburg High School class of 1952. He served with the United States Navy as a radar man during the Korean War. Ralph was co-owner, along with his wife Margaret Kelly Merante, of Acme Machine Company in North Strabane Twp. For many years. Pitz was an avid golfer, who was a longtime member of The Washington Golf Club. He enjoyed music, especially dancing, as a member of. the Steel City Boogie Club. Left behind to cherish his memory are his two daughters Regan Merante of Los Angeles California and Jodie M. Gallagher of North Strabane Twp. his granddaughter Marlie Gallagher, his partner of 16 years Theresa Barone of North Versailles and several nieces and nephews. Ralph was the last of his immediate family. Deceased in addition to his parents and many siblings are his wife Margret Kelly Merante who passed away March 13, 2002 and his previous wife Marlene Mesta McKahan Merante.

Friends and family are welcome from 1-4pm Sunday March 15, 2020 in Salandra Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. Joseph P. Salandra LFD owner/supervisor 304 West Pike Street Canonsburg 724-745-8120. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Mr. Merantis’ name may be made to the Altzheimers Foundation at or the Washington Area Humane Society. To view or extend condolences please visit

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March 15, 2020

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Salandra Funeral and Cremation Service, Inc.
304 West Pike Street
Canonsburg, PA 15317

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