The Life of Anne C McCafferty
ge 72, died peacefully on November 5, 2022 in her home surrounded by her loving family: John Kenstowicz, husband of 46 years (and partner for 50); son Andre Kenstowicz and his wife Bethany; and son Michael Kenstowicz and his wife Kali Frampton. The oldest child of the late Clair C. and Anne C. McCafferty, Anne will be deeply missed by her five sisters and brother: Matilda Kennon (Fred); Elizabeth McCafferty; Louise Kelchner (Jim); Michael McCafferty; Mary McCafferty; and Catherine McCafferty. She was also the beloved aunt to many nieces and nephews.
Born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Anne moved to Pittsburgh and graduated from Duquesne University with a BA in political science. She then served in Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) in Chicago, where she met her husband John, and later returned to Pittsburgh to obtain an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. In her personal and professional life, she strived to build good government and support opportunities for others to professionally thrive. Her career took her from government—the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Clerk of Courts—to the University of Pittsburgh's Institute of Politics, where she founded its Human Capital Policy Initiative, to the private sector, managing human resources at Vivisimo Inc. and IBM. She also taught at Carlow University and the University of Pittsburgh. During her career, Anne worked to make local government more efficient, responsive, and transparent, help position workers to excel, and assisted the unemployed in finding work and training in the region. Notably, the Clinton Administration awarded her the 1993 Job Training Partnership Act Presidential Award for her success in managing the City's summer youth employment and training programs. As a locally active Democrat and county committeewoman, Anne advised the campaigns of several local candidates and was honored to serve as a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
In retirement, she continued to pursue a variety of interests. She served on the board of Partners in Progress, supporting sustainable agriculture, quality educational opportunities, and access to nutrient-rich foods for residents of rural Haiti. Along with John, she also took great pleasure in organizing the annual family vacation to Bethany Beach, Delaware, reading, patronizing Pittsburgh's rich arts scene, and maintaining her garden as an Audubon Society Certified Backyard Habitat.
Her love and inspiring example will live on in the hearts of all she touched. We are thankful to have had Anne in our lives. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hearts for Haiti at www.piphaiti.org or Partners in Progress Attn: Hearts for Haiti, PO Box 11278, Pittsburgh, PA 15238, or to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank at https://give.pittsburghfoodbank.org or Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, 1 N. Linden St., Duquesne, PA 15110. Anne and her family are grateful for the skilled and compassionate care she received at the Hillman Cancer Center led by her team, Dr. Melissa Burgess, Steve, and Annette.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, November 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY LTD., 4522 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, November 11, at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, St. Jude Parish, 310 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 with burial to immediately follow at Penn Forest Natural Burial Park, 121 Colorado Street, Verona, PA 15147. www.dalessandroltd.com.