Stanley Lawrence Franzos
FRANZOS: Stanley Lawrence Franzos; Age 77, of Shadyside, peacefully and surrounded by family. Loving husband for 47 years to Dolores Holt Franzos, who passed away on this day two years earlier. Devoted father of three sons, Marc Alaric and Tracy Franzos, Joshua David and Meryl Franzos, and Mitchell Luke Franzos and Stephanie Geletei; doting grandfather of Larkin Franzos, Mitch and Stephanie’s daughter; brother to Ellen Franzos Katzen and Bob Katzen; loving son of the late Fannie and Jack Franzos. Stan was charismatic and energetic with an infectious enthusiasm. He was described as the “nicest of the nice.” He formed strong bonds throughout his life, making almost everyone feel like family. One of the strongest with his “lunch gang,” a group of friends from Allderdice High School Class of 1955, that met nearly monthly for decades. At the University of Pittsburgh, he capitalized on his unbridled enthusiasm as a Pitt Cheerleader and ultimately became the Pitt Panther. He served in the U.S. Army and then became a butcher. Ultimately, he took over his father, Jack’s, business, Churchill Meat Company. Later, he sold the company and traveled across North America in a VW Camper with his family, searching for a purpose. When he returned home with thousands of photos, he found his calling: photography. He became the Photographer to All of Pittsburgh, beautifully capturing cherished moments from weddings to b’nai mitzvahs, boardroom portraits to grand openings, architectural detail to city skyline, and dignitaries from statesmen to royalty. Generations of Pittsburghers knew him well because he was there to document their coming of age, their marriage, and then their children’s coming of age and marriage. He was a very generous man and was loved by all. He will be deeply missed by his extended Pittsburgh family. Contributions to Lung Cancer Alliance, lungcanceralliance.org.