Woodland Hills teacher had passion for learning, theater
Louis A. Trentini of North Huntingdon headed the science and computer departments at Woodland Hills High School and spent evenings teaching computer at the University of Pittsburgh.
“He loved teaching. He created the science department at Woodland Hills and tutored the kids at his home,” said his wife, Sandra Anzelone Trentini.
“He was the smartest man I ever knew,” said his daughter, Dana Trentini of Irwin.
Mr. Trentini, 72, died Monday, June 4, 2018 in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.
He was born Sept. 20, 1945, in Braddock, a son of the late Ernest and Louise Sowa Trentini. The family moved to Clairton and he graduated from Clairton High School.
After graduation, he went to what was then Clairon State College, where he earned a degree in education. He landed a teaching job at the former Turtle Creek High School, but was not finished with his education. He enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned degrees in physics, math and computer science, Dana Trentini said.
“He was a very intelligent man,” said his son, Rocco Anzelone.
Sandra Trentini traced his love of learning to his childhood, where his mother said he would not go to sleep until she read a book to him.
He also had a passion for theater, taking his children to see plays at venues such as the McKeesport Little Theatre, Dana Trentini said.
Before retiring about 15 years ago, he was very involved in the school musicals, building sets for the high school productions. Dana and Sandra Trentini recalled helping him build the sets for the shows. He helped the school productions win several Gene Kelly Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theatre, his wife said.
Mr. Trentini loved traveling around the world, seeing different places.
“It would be easier to say where I hadn’t been yet,” Sandra Trentini said.
Among the countries they visited were Ireland, Italy, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Sicily, Switzerland and Venezuela, she said.
He had a travel bug, and “he got me into it,” Sandra Trentini said.
In addition to his wife and daughter Dana Trentini, he also is survived by three other daughters, Michelle Legnine of Turtle Creek, Irene Anzelone of Penn Hills and Gina Anzelone of Manor; three sons, Anthony Trentini of Irwin, Louis Anzelone of Penn Hills and Rocco Anzelone of North Huntingdon; 11 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Ott Funeral Home Inc. 805 Pennsylvania Ave. Irwin. A funeral service will be held 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in the Irwin Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon. To send on line condolences please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-5252 or [email protected].