Jeannine E. Abel, a resident of the Masonic Village of Sewickley, died on Thursday, July 8, 2021. She was born July 26, 1932, in East St. Louis, Illinois, the daughter of the late Thomas O. and Mildred L. English. The family moved to Pittsburgh when she was a child and she attended schools in what is now the Bethel Park section of Allegheny County. She graduated from Chatham College with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Music in 1953. She later received an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of the University of Toronto certificate in Vocal Performance. A brother, Thomas O. English preceded her in death.
In June of 1952 she married Richard W. Abel, a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, and after his military service helped him establish his dental practice in Franklin, Pennsylvania. They lived there until June 2003.
She was a teacher of flute, piano, and voice for many years, appeared on stage in various theater productions in Northwestern Pennsylvania, and directed musical productions for community theaters in the area. She performed with the Antiqua Players of Pittsburgh, both in the United States and in England. She was an adjunct professor of voice at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.
A memorial Service will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in Allegheny Cemetery in Pittsburgh. Memorials may be sent to the Venango County Historical Society, P. O. Box 101, Franklin, PA 16323. Arrangements entrusted to Copeland – Irvine Chapel, Sewickley, PA.
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Venango County Historical Society
P. O. Box 101, Franklin PA 16232