Michelle “Shelly” Elaine (Baer) LaCivita

Age 59, of Tallahassee, FL, formerly of Penn Hills, PA, passed away peacefully at home with her family on October 24, 2022.  She was the beloved wife of Dr. Bob LaCivita; loving mother of Bryan C. LaCivita; daughter of the late Charles and Genevieve Baer; sister of Michael (Sandy) Baer; sister-in-law of Judie (Gary) Schneider and of the late Tom LaCivita; and daughter-in-law of the late Peter and Gilda LaCivita.

Michelle graduated from Penn Hills High School in 1981, where she was a majorette.  She received her bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Pittsburgh where she was a member of the Pitt band as a Golden Girl for three years. Michelle began her career working for six years at Society Bank in the Akron, OH, area.  She worked as a teacher’s aide for Green Hope Elementary School in Cary, NC, for four years and was a program aide at Lawton Chiles Elementary School in Gainesville, FL, for eight years.

She loved college football, the beach, word and trivia games, Christmas decorating, and baking.  Yet, her greatest passion was taking care of her family.

She will be greatly missed by all of her nieces and nephews:  Jennifer (Bob) Turner; Kristin (Josh) Mathew; Deena (AnJey) Su; Greg Schneider; Brad (Katie) Schneider; Marc (Savannah) Schneider; Christina LaCivita.  Great nieces and nephews: Jak and Bret, Brandon and Ben, Kaden and Elena.

Michelle was the bravest person we knew.  She fought cancer valiantly for sixteen years to be with all of us till the very end. Now she is with the Lord and her eternal family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society --https://www.lls.org/ways-to-give or PO Box 98018, Washington, DC 20090-8018.

Friends will be received at William F. Gross Funeral Home, LTD., 11735 Frankstown Rd. (at Rodi Rd.) Penn Hills, on Friday, November 4, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of funeral prayers at 11:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Christ the Divine Shepherd Parish St. Susanna Church, 200 Stotler Rd., Penn Hills at 12 p.m.