Frances W. Ortenberg
March 5, 2024

Visitation Information

March 7 2024 - 12:00 pm
Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc. 5509 Centre Avenue, (Shadyside) Pittsburgh, 15232

Funeral Information

March 7 2024 - 1:00 pm
Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue (Shadyside), Pittsburgh,15232

FRANCES W. ORTENBERG: On Tuesday, March 5, 2024, Beloved wife of the late Leonard Ortenberg; loving mother of Joseph (Shelly) Ortenberg, MD, Nancy Ortenberg, and the late David Ortenberg. Daughter of the late Joseph and Rosabelle Weisberg. Sister of Cecele Miller and the late Rebecca Siegel. Adoring Granny to five granddaughters: Sydney (Sal) Camilleri, Adison and Ella Ortenberg, Isabelle and Grace Wilson. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Fran was a graduate of Carnegie Tech (Carnegie Mellon University) with Bachelors degrees in Music and Education. She was Coordinator for the Centers for the Musically Talented Program and a retired music educator in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. A gifted musician who played numerous instruments, Fran was a violinst with the McKeeesport Symphony Orchestra for over 40 years. Services at Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside on Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 1:00 pm. Visitation one hour prior to services (12 noon - 1:00 pm). Interment Beth Shalom Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.


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My Sympathies to the family. She led a full and interesting life. I will miss our times together. May her memory be a blessing.

By Ronna Lieberman - March 07, 2024

Sincere Condolences. May her memory be a blessing.

By Douglas Wilson - March 07, 2024

Nancy Ortenberg: Sincerest condolences on this most solemn of rites of passage. I did not know your mother was a music educator. . . Yet another thing you and I have in common. Children can often oreflect the best of their parental Influences. If your bright, uplifting personality, your kind and light-hearted manner, your character, integrity and devoted, dependable work ethic are any indication of your mother’s impact on your life, what a splendid gift she gave to all of us here on your “The Young and the Restless” team. I personally am holding you and Grace in comfort and prayer through this difficult time. From her photo, your mom was also beautiful on the outside. May she live on happily through all your good works.

By Veronica Redd - March 07, 2024

My Deepest Sympathies to the Family.💜🙏💜 Fran and I go way back to the days of ALL CITY PERFORMANCES. She was s First Class Act and a kind and gracious soul and Friend. It was an Honor to know her and work with her professionally.

By Susan M. DAROCY / PPS/ Music🎵 - March 07, 2024

I remember a girl at Allderdice walking the halls carrying a violin on her shoulders. It was almost as big as she! Music was her muse. Fran brought music to so many and was talented herself. How many music teachers know how to play all the instruments? She either learned or taught herself. We reconnected and formed a close-long distance friendship which I miss already. She was so proud of her children and beautiful grand daughters and spoke of them often. She marched to her own drummer! She was my friend. Rest in Peace Franny. May her memory be a blessing to you all.

By Suzie Ryave Soltz - March 07, 2024

Fran was a wonderful teacher and musician who shared her talents as the Administrator for the Center for the Musically Talented in the Pittsburgh Public Schools for many years. Condolences to her family. Thank you for all the years that you gave to the children in the PPS. Rest In Peace.

By Tom Kosmala - March 06, 2024


By Lois Sherry - March 06, 2024

Dena and family of Fran, my condolences. May her memory be a blessing.

By Janice Kraynok - March 06, 2024

Fran was a patient at DR Knupp Office for years. I loved My Frannie. We had si many conversaciones that I cherish in My retirement. You all have My deepest condolencias.

By Renee beeson - March 05, 2024

My deepest sympathy to Fran’s family. She was a wonderful woman. Rest in peace Fran.

By Joanne Wall - March 05, 2024