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Samantha Dolan

October 29, 1976 ~ January 10, 2024 (age 47) 47 Years Old

Samantha Dolan Obituary

Samantha Paige Dolan, 47, passed away - on her own time, of course - on January 10, 2024 after a month-long battle with COVID-19. Born in Lynchburg, VA on October 29, 1976, she was the daughter of the late Ronald V. Dolan and Karen Boccabello Dolan, and stepdaughter to MaryJane Dolan of Lynchburg, VA.

Sam graduated from Hempfield Area High School in 1995. That following summer, she proudly followed the Grateful Dead around and attended Jerry Garcia’s last show at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL. She loved Pittsburgh sports almost as much as the Grateful Dead, although she was not permitted to wear player-specific gear unless we wanted the unfortunate consequence of that player being removed from the team (Our apologies to numerous Penguins players, with a special mention to Jaromir Jagr). And though she was able to find joy in witnessing Tom Brady's retirement, we regret that she didn't witness the retirement of Bill Belichick.

Additionally, she was a talented artist, photographer, and crafter. Many hours were spent meticulously posing her daughter for thousands of photos as she grew up; and many pieces of beautiful jewelry were gifted to her loved ones (but they often received it late, because she struggled with deadlines). She took a lot of inspiration from her favorite, and Pittsburgh-local artist, Andy Warhol.

Sam had a creative mind and many opinions. She was a generous person who would give you the shirt off her back, but would also have something to say about the way you wore it. She was fondly called Sassy by her nieces and nephews - as well as by her other family members when she was, in fact, being sassy. Her sarcasm and attitude had no bounds.

Finally, she loved to travel. In 2015 she married Brian Burdick in Cancun Mexico. She’s also been to Central America and Africa. The last thing she did was visit several countries in the Caribbean, doing something she absolutely loved - learning about new cultures, relaxing, and trying local cuisine (which, when visiting Africa, included giant earthworms). 

Surviving to recall her sarcastic memory are her favorite children (the dogs) Raney and Cookie; her human children Pain in the Ass 1, Isabella Sangaline, and Pain in the Ass 2, Christian Burdick; her husband and healthcare provider, Brian Burdick; her sister, who towered above her in age and below her in height, Ronalee Ciocco and her “airhead” husband Gary Ciocco; her cool, punk brother Craig Dolan and “airhead #2” wife April Crenney; her stepbrother Mark Dolan and his wife Mary Anne Dolan; and her stepsister Gina Dolan-Sewell and her husband Granville Sewell.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Western Pennsylvania Fund for Choice [https://www.wpafundforchoice.org/donate] or the Humane Society of Westmoreland County [https://westmorelandhumanesociety.com/support-us/].

“The only thing there is to say/ Every silver lining's got a/ Touch of grey” - “Touch of Grey” by the Grateful Dead

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