Liberty Z. Pyros was a wonderful lady. Never has she spoken any unkind word. She was always smiling and speaking in a very positive manner. She was married for 55 wonderful years and bore four children. She herself was one of eight children. They lived in an old coal mining town called Burgettstown where their facilities was an out house. Though born in United States she could not speak a word of English when she first attended parochial school. However with her determination to do well she graduated valedictorian of her class. As a result of her achievements she was awarded a college scholarship. However due to financial reasons her family could not afford more than one year. She was determined to complete her education and start employment with the University of Pittsburgh that enabled her to receive six free credits per year as an employee. This was quite a struggle for her because she still lived in Burgettstown. She rode a bus to downtown and then took a street car to Pitt to be there at 6 AM for employment. After pursuing this for seven years she graduated.
Upon graduation she got married and then continued her education in grad school. Her first employment was as an engineer at Westinghouse. Subsequently she bore 4 children and then taught calculus part time at University of Pittsburgh and CCAC for more than 25 years. Her second passion was duplicate bridge where she obtained the ranking of a Life Master and a director. She held weekly games at the University Club and the Pittsburgh Athletic Association. She authored a 250 page book on the actual plays of duplicate bridge.
She spent many of her summers in Greece (Crete) and in our second home in Myrtle Beach. She enjoyed many friends in Greece and in Myrtle Beach and to this day they still correspond with her. One of her sons best describes the feeling that you have when you're with her saying, "you are a great mom and are always there for me. It's obvious that you cared very much for all your children. Thanks for teaching us the simple things in life. The more we realize how much God loves us, the more grateful we are to have a Mom who truly cares."
Sadly, Liberty suffered with Alzheimer's affliction for many years which limited her social life.
The funeral and liturgy will be held at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, FRIDAY , April 10. 2020, at 11:30. Due to present circumstances attendance is limited. Therefore the service will be live streamed. William Slater II Funeral Service (412-563-2800) 1650 Greentree Rd, Scott Twp., entrusted with arrangements by the Pyros Family. www.slaterfuneral.com