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Sal Cianella

April 15, 1935 — February 17, 2023

Sal Domenic Cianella, 87, of Erie, PA, passed away on February 17, 2023.

Sal was a loving husband to Dayle Cianella.

Born on April 15, 1935, he was son to the late Peter and Mary (Fioretti) Cianella.

Sal was raised in Erie, Pennsylvania. He was a fantastic basketball player before entering the Army after high school. He attended Allegheny College on the G.I. Bill and completed his MA at Loyola College of Chicago.

He married Dayle in 1957 and in 1958 they had Kathy Jo. In 1961 Brian came along and in 1965 they added Tracy to the family.

Sal worked for NASA for over 15 years and then transferred to the Department of Energy where he was head of Human Resources for European facilities.  During this time he also coached sports teams and instilled a love of reading, knowledge and education in his children. He enjoyed bowling, golf and touring European countries with his wife.

Along with his wife, Sal is survived by his three children; Kathy Jo Horan of Poolesville, MD, Brian Cianella (Julia) of Jupiter, FL, and Tracy Young (Rob) of Erie.  He was a beloved Buhdee to his 6 grandchildren, PJ Horan (Katie), favorite and only granddaughter Courtney Low (Scott), Ryan Horan (Stephanie), Jake Cianella, Landon and Sam Oddono and his 6 great grandchildren, Johnny, Chris and Hallie Horan, Mikey and Huxley Low and Owen Horan. They all loved spending time with their Buhdee and will truly miss him.

He courageously fought a four year battle against alzheimer's disease, keeping his sense of humor until the very end.

He will be greatly missed.

Sal was preceded in death by one brother, Edward Cianella, and two sisters, Theresa Biletnikoff and Vera Cianella.

Friends may call at the Burton Quinn Scott Cremation and Funeral Services, West Ridge 3801 W. 26th Street, Erie, PA 16506 on Monday, April 24, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at 12:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his memory to the Alzheimers Assoication, www.alz.org.

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Monday, April 24, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Burton Quinn Scott Cremation and Funeral Services West Ridge

3801 West 26th Street, Erie, PA 16506

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Monday, April 24, 2023

Starts at 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Burton Quinn Scott Cremation and Funeral Services West Ridge

3801 West 26th Street, Erie, PA 16506

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