George Linnelli

Obituary of George A. Linnelli

Formerly of Highland Park, peacefully passed on to his eternal rest on Friday, September 3, 2021 at the tender age of 97, surrounded by his family. Preceded in death by his parents, Stella and Frank Linnell, sister Mary Chirico (Joseph) and the love of his life and wife of 70 years, Millie Linnelli. Survived by his children, Frank Linnelli (Donna), Georgina Senger (Harvey), Cindy Hurley (Bob), and Greg Linnelli (Andrea); his grandchildren, Greg Linnelli (Annie), Frank Linnelli (Julie), Brian Senger (Ginny), Cara Senger (Tasha), George A. Hurley (Kathleen), Emma Hurley, Meghan Miller (Andy) and Ashley McClure (Matt); and great-grandchildren, Gianna, Alaria and Declan Linnelli, Lucy and Maeve Hurley, Andie and Jude Miller, and Greg, Margot, and Camilla McClure. Born on July 29, 1924 in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh, his mother and immigrant father were early entrepreneurs, running a small neighborhood market on N. St. Clair Street. George was a stand-out athlete at Peabody High School, earning numerous letters in Football, Baseball, Tennis and Volleyball. He then matriculated to the University of Pittsburgh where he played both tennis and football his freshman year, before concentrating on football for the rest of his college career. Following Pitt, George decided to forego a career in dentistry to pursue a career in the insurance business. He was an award-winning agent for Allstate until his retirement in 1990. But of all the accolades and awards George received during his life, he was most proud of his wife and family. George was happiest when spending time with them. George remained active playing tennis and jogging well into his 80’s. Forever the athlete, he was often seen jogging through Oakland wearing his favorite Pitt gear telling the regulars he encountered, “Put me in coach!”. He will be fondly missed by all who knew him. A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the lives of both George and his late wife Millie will be held in St. Jude Parish, Sacred Heart Church, on Wednesday, September 8th, at 10 am. Due to COVID restrictions at the cemetery, interment will be private. Arrangements by McCabe Bros., Inc. Condolences may be left at