Residents Begin Paying Respects To Former Mayor At City Hall
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Former mayor Sophie Masloff passed away on Sunday. Now, the public can pay their respects to the beloved mayor at City Hall.
According to a statement from a family spokesman, Sophie Masloff died at the Center for Compassionate Care in Mt. Lebanon at 8:55 a.m. Sunday. She was 96.
One of her lasting legacies was calling for development of the North Shore and a new baseball stadium.
Today, memorial banners were hung on the façade of City Hall in honor of Masloff.
Inside the City Hall Rotunda, a table draped in black with a picture of Masloff surrounded by flowers and flags is on display.
Another table is also being set up that will be available for anyone wishing to pay their respects to Masloff.
The books will be available through the end of the week during City Hall’s normal hours.
The funeral for Masloff will be held at Temple Sinai at 5505 Forbes Avenue on Tuesday at 11 a.m.
The public is welcome at the service. However, officials are asking the public be seated by 10:45 a.m.
The burial will be kept private.
The man who succeeded Masloff as mayor was Tom Murphy and he joined the KDKA Morning News with Larry Richert and John Shumway to share his memories and the impact that Masloff has had on Pittsburgh.
“Sophie was a pivotal part” of the transformation of Pittsburgh, says Murphy. “She was remarkable. She came across as everybody’s grandmother, but there was a toughness about her. She was so committed to wanting to make Pittsburgh work.”
Political Expert Joe Mistick served as Masloff’s top aide. Joe joined KDKA’s Mike Pintek to share fond memories of the former mayor.
She was a woman true to her word and didn’t want any special treatment, she was just another woman.
“She worked very hard throughout her public life to ensure that our daughters had the same opportunities that our sons had,” said Mistick. “She was just a remarkable person.”
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