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Memorial Service:
Thursday, December 21, 2023, 11:00am
Hillside Presbyterian Church
2 N. High St., Greenville, PA
Rev. Sean Hall, Pastor, officiating

Dr. Frank M. Stratiff, age 86, of First Ave., Greenville, passed away Saturday, December 16, 2023 in St. Paul’s Senior Living Community. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA on June 17, 1937 to Frank A. and Antonetta (Perrotte) Stratiff.

Dr. Stratiff was a 1955 graduate of Central Catholic High School, attended St. Francis Prep School and was a 1961 graduate of Thiel College, where he was a team captain and outstanding member of the Thiel Football Team. For his many accomplishments on the field, Dr. Stratiff was inducted into the Thiel College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999. He went on to receive his Masters Degree in English from Penn State University and his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Stratiff was employed as an English Teacher and Assistant Football Coach at Greenville High School from 1961-1965, from 1967-1973 as an English Teacher and Head Football Coach at Meadville High School and from 1973-1995 he worked as an English Teacher and Assistant Football Coach at Hickory High School. In addition, he was an Adjunct Professor and served as the Head of the Education Department at Thiel College. Dr. Stratiff also worked for many years at The Record Argus Newspaper, where he covered W. Salem Twp. and wrote two columns, “Timeless Tributes” and “Frankly Speaking”. He was a member of Hillside Presbyterian Church, Greenville, where he had served as an Elder. Dr. Stratiff was a member of Greenville Lions Club, served on the Board of Directors of Keystone Charter School and also served on the Greenville Community Court. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and enjoyed reading.

On September 8, 1962 he married the former Janet L. Kightlinger, she survives. Also surviving are his three daughters, Michele A. Miranda and her husband Steven of Greenville, Laurie A. Foulk and her husband Roger of Canal Fulton, OH and Pamela L. Stratiff-Stewart, a sister, Annabelle Cook of Pittsburgh and four grandchildren, Kendrik Jones, Aidan Miranda, Marina Foulk and Lily Stewart. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Betty Lou Gasiorowski and a brother, Dominic Stratiff.

Memorial contributions may be made to Greenville Lions Club, 129 Woodshire Rd., Greenville, PA 16125 or Hillside Presbyterian Church, 2 N. High St., Greenville, PA 16125. Arrangements have been entrusted to Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville.

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17 Comments

  1. Rosanna Black Rosanna Black
    December 19, 2023    

    Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family

  2. Jane Krichko Rollinson Jane Krichko Rollinson
    December 19, 2023    

    Dr Stratiff will be remembered very fondly by me as he was a significant influence in my life. He was my English teacher in high school and kept my friend Nettie Knott and me inline during class. In my senior year I read the book Exodus by Leon Uris and decided to write my senior thesis on the Arab Israel conflict. At the time I told Mr. Stratiff (he had not yet gotten his doctoral) that I wanted to be a writer- he gave me an A+ on my thesis. Mr. Stratiff didn’t tell me what to do, but he asked me how I envisioned my life. Coming from solid middle class, I immediately said I would be wealthy and successful. He then suggested I go into business. Well, today, in business I have far exceeded even my dreams. Dr. Stratiff was an extraordinary individual who was well loved and respected. I hope this story helps in holding dear your fond memories in this mourning period. Sincerely, Jane Krichko Rollinson

  3. Aware, Inc of Mercer County Aware, Inc of Mercer County
    December 19, 2023    

    Frank was such an amazing asset to the Aware Agency and the Williams House Advisory Board. His unwavering commitment played a pivotal role in shaping our collective journey and ensuring the success we celebrate today with our victims in Northern Mercer County. Frank touched the lives of those around him with kindness, compassion, and a genuine spirit. Our condolences, thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  4. Terry and Deb Mariacher and the Fordyce, Mamajek Family Terry and Deb Mariacher and the Fordyce, Mamajek Family
    December 19, 2023    

    Dear Janet and Family ,
    Deepest sympathy: Frank was such a remarkable person as a leader, community activist, educator, coach, friend . We hope your many wonderful memories give you comfort and peace. He lead with boldness and humility, “Frankness” and searching for the truth … and we will all treasure his humor and concern for us all. May he rest in peace.

  5. Gary Jones Gary Jones
    December 20, 2023    

    It’s early morning and I’m remembering Frank because this is the time we spent together at “Early Risers”. Rest in peace, my friend, rest in peace.

  6. Patricia Wylie Patricia Wylie
    December 20, 2023    

    Frank was a dear friend to me and all the members of the Mercer County Community Court in Greenville. He always had wise words of wisdom for all the youth of the Community. I will miss him dearly, he was a GREAT man, and an asset to our community. Until we meet again, REST in the arms of the Lord, your work here is complete.

  7. Christine Martuccio Christine Martuccio
    December 20, 2023    

    As I prepare to conclude my fulfilling and successful career as an English teacher, I recall fondly those educators who most influenced my life. Dr. Stratiff, my junior English teacher at Hickory High School, most definitely ranks right up there at the top. He carefully, patiently, and firmly led my class through an extensive research project that I remember to this very day as being one of which I’m most proud. Thank you, Dr. Stratiff, for being a shining example of all that is positive and good in education. You leave behind a legacy of English teachers who followed happily in your footsteps.
    My condolences to the family.
    Warmly, Christine Martuccio

  8. Dick DiAngi Dick DiAngi
    December 21, 2023    

    Janet and Family,
    Frank was such a great motivator in both the classroom and on the football field. As a student in Frank’s junior class in Greenville he instilled in me the love of learning. The reading of short stories in his class came to life with his description of the characters. He taught us with a great amount of enthusiasm and humor! With his style of teaching it created a love of learning for me, of which I am forever grateful. As my J.V. football coach he always made me strive to do my best, again using his sense of humor along with instilling me with a strong work ethic. I have many fond memories of you Frank. May you rest in peace.

  9. Stacy Stacy
    December 21, 2023    

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Mr. Stratiff was my favorite high school English teacher at Hickory High School. I have memories of seeing his funny side and his not so pleasant side. It was always a pleasure to see him and his wife out in the community after I had graduated and moved out of the valley. RIP

  10. JOHN LOGAN JOHN LOGAN
    December 22, 2023    

    I remember Frank in many ways, with one of my favorites being his work on the Thiel faculty with the remedial English class. He used his tough-guy image to convince studnets that “I did it, so i know you can, too.” A real gift to so many people.

  11. Jeff Heiges Jeff Heiges
    December 22, 2023    

    When I look back at the people who had a great influence on my life, Dr Stratiff is always at the top. He had a gift of making the people around him better. I remember him not only as my favorite English teacher at Hickory High School, but as a person why taught me the importance of attention to detail. He had a great sense of humor, and you always knew where you stood with him. Demanding, yet fair, Dr Stratiff will be remembered by me for his encouragement and commitment to his students. RIP

  12. Bob Grisetti Bob Grisetti
    December 22, 2023    

    To the Stratiff family. My deepest sympathy on your loss. Frank helped me a lot through the years. I’m grateful for that. So many thoughts of remembering him. To name a few: When you lived in Buffalo at my parents dairy queen which is up the road from you. Him teaching at Kenmore East my high school. Him helping me make my resume. A neighbor. And what ever else he did for me! Thank you! One of the best! RIP.

  13. Ken and Kathy Turciv Ken and Kathy Turciv
    December 23, 2023    

    Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family

  14. Ken and Kathy Turcic Ken and Kathy Turcic
    December 23, 2023    

    Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family

  15. Fred Shoemaker Fred Shoemaker
    December 23, 2023    

    Mrs. Stratiff, Michele, Laurie and Pam,
    With Deepest Sympathy for the loss of your Husband
    and Father. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you in
    this time of sorrow.
    Sincerely,
    Fred Shoemaker

  16. Jennifer J Curry Jennifer J Curry
    January 3, 2024    

    I am so sorry for your loss. Pam, Suzanne Nelson and I want to express our deepest sympathies to you and your family. There are no words.
    Jenn Junk

  17. Kurt Kaletka Kurt Kaletka
    May 10, 2024    

    I have only just learned of the passing of Dr. Stratiff. I’m sorry to hear it, and my deepest condolences to those who were close to him. I’m one of the many he touched. I often think back on the research papers he required his eleventh-grade English classes to work on. I regard it as one of the most valuable assignments I had in high school. He knew what he was doing, and better still, he knew how to guide us on the project. Today I keep a thoroughly-researched blog (non-fiction) and have written a thoroughly-researched history book (also non-fiction), and I credit Dr. Stratiff as a vital inspiration for both. I will remain grateful for his guidance.

    Kurt Kaletka
    Hickory High School 1987

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