Suzanne M. Fornelli

Suzanne M. Fornelli of Hermitage, with her strong religious faith, passed away at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday (10-6-10) in her home after a courageous and dignified five-year battle with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). She was 60.

Mrs. Fornelli was born May 19, 1950, in Pittsburgh to Regis and Bernice Rau Burke.

Suzanne graduated in 1968 from St. Benedict Academy of Pittsburgh. After graduating, she went to UPMC School of Nursing in Pittsburgh, then received a bachelor of science degree of nursing from the Shenango campus of Penn State University, Sharon.

Suzanne, for 23 years, was an operating room nurse, became the director of nursing at Surgery Center at Southwoods, Boardman, Ohio, retiring in December 2008 as administrator of the surgery center.

She was a member of the Church of Notre Dame, Hermitage.

She enjoyed cooking, skiing, traveling, reading and running, having run in a few local races with her husband. Her daughters were the center of her life.

Her husband, Mercer County Common Pleas Court President Judge Francis J. Fornelli, whom she married Sept. 19, 1997, survives at home.

Also surviving are: two daughters, Corinne Cricks Offutt and her husband Jefferson, Chicago, Ill.; and Alison Renee Cricks, Washington, D.C.; a stepdaughter, Jill Ann Stanek and her husband Ross, Sharon, along with their six children; a stepson, Nicholas J. Fornelli, Hermitage; a sister, Lisa Abel, Pittsburgh; and a brother, Mark Burke, Pittsburgh.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

At the request of the family, please do not send flowers; memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association of Western Pennsylvania, 416 Lincoln Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15209.


Suzanne M., wife of Mercer County Common Pleas Court President Judge Francis J. Fornelli, 60, Hermitage.

Calling hours: There will be no viewing since Suzanne has donated her body to ALS Research. The family will accept friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday (10-8-10) in JOHN FLYNN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY Inc., 2630 E. State St., Hermitage.

Service: Memorial Mass at 10:30 a.m. Saturday (10-9-10) in Church of Notre Dame, Hermitage, with the Rev. Jeffery J. Noble, pastor, as celebrant. Friends may sign a guestbook at

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