Nan Pischke

Place of birth: Pittsburgh, PA.

What is your profession? Supervisor, Dept of Finance, Tax Collection/Compliance (City of Pittsburgh).

How do you celebrate your Irishness? I celebrate my Irishness by participating in Ceili/Set dancing through the Pittsburgh Ceili Club, being a member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 23, Lawrenceville and their Financial Secretary and supporting other Irish organizations.  My Catholic faith also helps me to stay in touch with my Irish roots, and keeping in touch with my family in Ireland.

Name a hero you admire and why? I can't choose one hero; there are four people I look to as heroes and they would be my grandparents - Frank Pischke, Anna Lennon, John O'Connor and Ellen (Nellie) Stack. All came to the United States at a very young age, with the clothes on their back and a few dollars in their pockets. They had to leave family and friends behind. Here they met with a few siblings that came over before them to start a new life. I will be eternally grateful to them for their courage to succeed in a new country.

Something people would be surprised to know about me... People are surprised to know that my given name is Frances and that I've lived in the same house for 65 years.

Biography: I'm the 3rd of 4 children and a life-long resident of the city of Pittsburgh. I received my Masters Degree in Business Information Systems from Carlow University in Pittsburgh. I have been employed by the City of Pittsburgh in various positions for the past 33 years and looking forward to retirement at the end of this year. I am active in my parish of St. Jude, where I am a Eucharistic Minister and President of the Ladies of Charity. I am also active in my neighborhood of Morningside and I'm a member of the Garden Club. I most enjoy my trips to Ireland and a seaweed bath.

2024 Heroes of Irish America Awards