Of Mount Lebanon formerly
of West Mif?in, died
peacefully, surrounded by her
family, on January 12, 2019.
She is the beloved mother of
David (Barbara) French, Dianne
(Mark) French Melodia and
Deborah (Mark) French
Gorman; wonderful grandmother
to Eileen (Patrick) French Jordan,
Rachel French (Aaron) Todaro,
Kate Melodia, Olivia Melodia,
Taylor Gorman and Connor
Gorman; proud great-
grandmother to Max Todaro,
Will Todaro and Pepper Jordan.
She is preceded in death by
her loving husband, William
French, LTC FA AUS (Ret) and
her longtime companion and
friend, Walter Kolar; her
mother, Diana Jordanoff Kaye;
and father, Zlate Penchev
Jordanoff; her brother,
Nicholas Jordanoff; as well as
her granddaughter, Kayla
Dianne Gorman. Pat's life was
lived large and she inspired
hundreds of people with her
passion and drive. She was a
tireless advocate for the
things that she believed in;
art, music, dance, food, ethnic
culture and diversity. She was
a legendary party giver whose
generosity knew no bounds.
She honed those hostessing
skills as an of?cer's wife,
where she excelled at
introducing disparate people
and ?nding a way to connect
them, skills that would later
serve her well in her
professional life. Pat French
was a member of the
Duquesne University
Tamburitzans and from the
moment that she became a
“Tammie” her heart knew no
greater love. Her passion for
the group was evident in her
work (Director of Promotions
and Development) and in her
tireless advocacy. Her work
took her across the globe
multiple times, she had visited
every continent except
Antarctica, and she met and
charmed people from all walks
of life in service to the
promotion of the group. She
raised the pro?le of the
Tammies, both in the US and
abroad, and raised funds for
the many overseas tours that
she helped facilitate. She was
involved in tours to Latin
America, the Soviet Union,
Paris, Yugoslavia and Bulgaria
and was in the process of
?nalizing a World Tour in 1987
when Duquesne decided to
abruptly change leadership.
While this turn of events broke
her heart, she didn't let it
defeat her. Pat was a ?rst
generation American, her
parents immigrated from
Bulgaria, and while they never
forgot their homeland, she
took her dedication to that
tiny but mighty country to
heart.  She broadcast for Voice
of America, worked as a
translator for the State
Department and was a
presenter at the Plovdiv Trade
Fair. After moving back to
Pittsburgh from her travels as
an army of?cer's wife, Pat
became involved with the
Bulgarian Macedonian
Bene?cial Association, the
local meeting place for the
immigrants and their families
who had ?ed the “old
country”; the place that she
had loved and called home
when she was a child growing
up in West Homestead. Under
her guidance, the local ethnic
club became the present day
BMNECC, an internationally
recognized center for the
preservation and presentation
of Bulgarian culture, a
non-pro?t open to all people,
regardless of their ethnic
heritage. Because of what the
Bulgarian club had taught her,
she was able to become a
goodwill ambassador for both
the US and Bulgaria and did
much to forge positive
relationships between the two
countries governments,
businesses and educational
and artistic entities. As a
result of her work on behalf of
Bulgaria, Pat was named a
Honorary Consul by the
Bulgarian Government and
was awarded the Kiril and
Metodi medal for her
contribution to Bulgarian
culture.   Patricia French's life
may be over in this world, but
her example will be a guiding
star for her family and friends.  
She reached across borders
both physical and
metaphorical to bring people
together. She opened her
home to the hungry, the
immigrant looking for a touch
of home, the college kid
needing a place to sleep.   She
has nurtured many “children”
and watched with pride as
they have grown and
prospered.   And when they
have fallen, she has helped
them stand again. She has
stood up for herself when it
wasn't seemly for a woman to
do so. She has fought for what
she believes in and will be
missed by the many
communities that she
loved.   Family and friends will
be received at the
Main Street, Munhall on
Thursday 6-9 p.m. and Friday
2-4 and 6-9 p.m.   A Funeral
Mass will be Saturday, 10 a.m.,
at the St. Bernard Church, 311
Washington Road Pittsburgh,
PA 15216.   Everyone please
meet at church.   In lieu of
?owers, the family suggests
memorial contributions to the
BMNECC 449 West 8th
Avenue, West Homestead, PA
15120, for the establishment
of the Patricia Jordanoff
French Memorial Library.
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PostedJanuary 17, 2019