We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Kittanning-McKean St.
Lisa Gerstbrein McCanna, 64, died peacefully at her East Franklin Township home on September 10, 2022. She was born July 29, 1958 in Abilene, Texas to Harry and Mildred (Draskovich) Gerstbrein and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, where she graduated from Churchill Area High School and Carnegie-Mellon University with a B.F.A. in art. She continued her studies at Temple University in landscape design. In 1990, she married her husband, R. Andrew McCanna. Andy was a faithful caregiver during her illness and survives.
Together, Lisa and Andy owned and operated The Painted Daisy, a landscape design/installation business in Kittanning that included a gift/perennial plant sales component. Her business helped her to fully integrate into Kittanning life, including several years service on Kittanning Borough Council. She also enjoyed a 20+ year in art education at the Armstrong School District, educating countless students for whom she had a lasting and continued impact. Her legacy in arts education continues through the Gerstbrein/McCanna Scholarship for the Arts.
In addition to her husband, Andy, she is survived by two brothers: Eric, of Pittsburgh, and Harry and his wife Jeanine, of McDonald; as well as beloved nephew and godson Matthew Gerstbrein. She also counted her McCanna in-laws as beloved family: sisters-in-law, Jackie McCanna, Geraldine (Denny) Sutton, and brother-in-law, Steve McCanna (late wife Angie); and other nieces, nephews. Numerous cousins will also mourn her loss. In addition to her parents, she also was predeceased by her sister, Julie, and brother, Tim.
Lisa was a lifelong pet lover. She especially loved her many and beloved cats through the years, but cheerfully adopted other family dogs when sad circumstances required. If desired, memorial contributions to Orphans of the Storm animal shelter or American Cancer Society will be gratefully accepted.
Family and friends will be received on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 in the Snyder-Crissman Funeral Home, 200 South McKean Street, Kittanning, PA 16201 from 2:00 - 4:00pm and 6:00 - 8:00pm. Additional viewing will be held in the funeral home on Wednesday September 14 from 9:00 - 10:15am. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow in St. Mary Our Lady Of Guadalupe Roman Catholic Church at 10:30 am With Rev. Ronald Maquinana officating.
Orphans of the Storm
PO Box 838, Kittanning PA 16201
American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123