Giannini, Tony, Dr., a longstanding, respected maxillofacial surgeon and a longtime resident of the community spanning a historical 42 year career, passed away on Monday, June 16, 2014.
Final rest came peacefully to Dr. Giannini, dying of natural causes. He was born in West Virginia, the son of Italian immigrant parents, John and Elisa Bonaventura Giannini.
He was predeceased by both parents and by his siblings, John Giannini Jr., Joseph Giannini, and Lucy Giannini Bates.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Joan Krensavage Giannini, being married in 1960 by Bishop Mussio. Also surviving are his son, Mark Giannini, in real estate services, in Steubenville; his daughter, Dr. Lauren Giannini Leber, a radiologist, and her husband, Dr. Geoffrey Leber, a plastic surgeon, of Scottsdale, AZ; Michele Patterson, a registered nurse, and her husband, Dr. Gary Patterson, a Steubenville maxillofacial surgeon.
He was proud to help his family become responsible, productive adults. His loving and caring survivors further include his family members, grandchildren Andrea, Alex, Eric, Alexander, and Elissa; sisters-in-law, Paula Krensavage and JoAnne Giannini; and several nieces and nephews.
He attended West Virginia public schools and then pursued further schooling at West Virginia University. He then entered his military status through the Reserve Officer's Training Corps as a lieutenant, while a student at WVU. He served a three-year military career in France, Luxembourg, Germany, and the Asiatic-Pacific Theatres, being decorated with two bronze stars.
Returning to West Virginia University, he attained a bachelor of science degree. He was inducted into the national pre-med scholastic honors society Alpha Epsilon Delta, while a student at WVU. He was a graduate from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine, graduating with honors status and receiving the Dr. Booth award. He was inducted into the Psi Omega professional fraternity at the University of Pittsburgh. He completed his maxillofacial surgery residency at Allegheny General Hospital, in Pittsburgh then began his practice in 1957, as Steubenville's first maxillofacial surgeon.
Dr. Giannini was a hospital staff member at all the local hospitals, including Ohio Valley, Gill Memorial, St. John, Trinity Health System, Weirton General, and Weirton Medical Center. His staff membership included both elected and appointed positions. He was founder and CEO of Medical Center Inc., and also founder of Oral Surgery, Inc. He maintained these positions until his retirement in 2000. His professional services to the community spans over four decades and his reputation was over whelmingly reflected by the loyal support of both devoted colleagues and patients in the Ohio Valley. Dr. Gary Patterson, his son-in-law, continues his practice and remains as Steubenville's only Diplomate of The American Board of Maxillofacial Surgeons. The legacy which Dr. Giannini leaves is one of outstanding service, dedication, and commitment to both profession and community.
Dr. Giannini was a member of The American Dental Association, The Ohio Dental Association, Eastern Ohio Dental Society, Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, Pierre Fauchard Academy, Academy International of Medicine and Dentistry. He served as past president of the Eastern Ohio Dental Society. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of Blue Shield and Blue Cross for a number of years. He was a member of the steering and advisory board for Blue Cross Dental Plans. His membership included St. Peter Catholic Church, in Steubenville, Williams Country Club, Rotary International, Catholic Physician's Guild, Franciscan University Century Club, and American Legion Argonne Post 33.
He was cherished by his family and treasured by his many friends and loyal patients. He was an exceptional man who touched the hearts of many in his life's journey. He will be truly missed by everyone who knew him.
The family will receive friends at the Mosti Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, 4435 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville, OH from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. A vigil service will be held at 4 p.m. He will be honored by his family and friends at the funeral Mass, celebrated at St. Peter Catholic Church. The Funeral Liturgy with Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Entombment will follow at Mount Calvary Mausoleum, with full military honors accorded at the gravesite by the United States Army.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to St. Peter Catholic Church, 425 North Fourth Street, Steubenville, OH 43952.