Annette DelSignore (Bodnar) aka "Grandma Precious" 76, of McKeesport, Pa left this world on December 1, 2016 at West Penn Hospitals Hospice unit in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Funeral services will be private and are being handled by Perman Funeral Home, Pittsburgh, PA.
Annette was born in McKeesport to Yolanda Marie (Ingel) DelSignore and Sylvester Cosimo DelSignore on November 2, 1940. She went to McKeesport high school and graduated in 1958.
Annette was a flight attendant and hair stylist before she had children. She was an intelligent, kind, funny, physically beautiful woman who loved to laugh. She was known for her love of makeup, especially her false eyelashes.
Not long after Annette had her first 2 children, in her early 20s, she began experiencing symptoms of schizophrenia. She lived the rest of her life mentally ill. She had a very difficult life and experienced a lot of stigmatization and unkindness because of her illness. She suffered emotionally and psychologically more than most of us can imagine. We share this very personal information for various reasons. First and fore most we share it to continue to bring mental illness out of the shadows, to break the cycle of shame and stigmatization and subsequently to honor her tenacity, courage and strength. We also share this in hope that even one person may read this and find more understanding and compassion for others who live in her same situation.
Annette is preceded in death by her mother- Yolanda DelSignore, her father, Sylvester DelSignore. Her sister, Sylvia Kelly. Her great grandson, Mason Stas.
Annette is survived by her children:
Natalie (Stas) Walters and her husband Joel of Mystic, CT. John Stas and his wife Amanda of Columbia, SC. Jason Bodnar and his wife Amanda of Glenshaw, PA.
Her grandchildren: Kristy Roderick and her husband Jamie of Myrtle Beach, SC. Justin Stas and his wife Jackie of Columbia, SC. Elise George of Mystic, CT. Kari Stas of Columbia, SC. Joselyn, Chase, and Gracie Bodnar of Glenshaw, PA. Taylor and Carson Duvall of Columbia, SC.
Her Great-grandchildren: Marissa and Londyn Roderick of Myrtle Beach, SC. Ethan Michael Stas of CT.
Her nephew Dale Kelly, niece Bergetta Hugus and her husband Gene and their daughters, Ashley and Sarah, Dean Kelly and his wife Melanie and their sons Dean Jr. and Jeremy all in the Pittsburgh area.
Her brother, Cosimo DelSignore of Duquesne, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to NAMI- National Alliance on Mental Illness, http://www.nami.org/
Condolences may be left in Annettes online guestbook at http://www.permanfuneralhome.com/
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the nursing staff at West Penn Hospitals hospice unit, in particular, Barbara, the unit manager extraordinaire, for her kind, compassionate words and actions which meant so much to us.
"Tell me to snap out of it
if they only knew how hard I have tried
if only they knew how man tears I have cried
Snap out of it, everyone says
I wish they knew it doesnt work that way
And understand the hurtful things they say
If only I could snap out of it
Chase away the darkness in my head
Want to live as much as I wish I were dead
Id snap out of it if I could
Id love to feel like myself again
Think of the future instead of the end"