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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Shooting victim Elizabeth Gannon: Radiology technologist with a positive outlook

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

By Jerome L. Sherman

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Elizabeth "Betsy" Gannon spent almost her entire life on Green Tree's Sheldon Avenue, a quiet, winding street of neat lawns and modest homes.

Yesterday, friends, neighbors and relatives struggled to cope with the 49-year-old woman's death in the Tuesday night shooting rampage at the LA Fitness center in Collier.

Elizabeth Gannon"It's going to hurt a lot of people in this neighborhood," said Carl Rady, who has lived next door to Ms. Gannon for 35 years. "I have three daughters of my own. She was like the fourth one."

Mr. Rady and his wife, Darlene, were home Tuesday when detectives arrived looking for family members. He agreed to go to the medical examiner's office to identify Ms. Gannon's body.

They had watched Ms. Gannon grow from a teenager to a confident adult who always kept a bright outlook, even in the face of life's difficulties, from the death of her mother from cancer two decades ago to her recent divorce.

"I loved that girl so much," Mrs. Rady said. "She was one of the most fantastic people."

A 1978 graduate of Bishop Canevin High School, Ms. Gannon had spent the last 13 years working as a radiology technologist at Allegheny General Hospital on Pittsburgh's North Side.

"Everyone at West Penn Allegheny Health System is extremely saddened by the loss of Elizabeth Gannon," Dr. Patrick J. DeMeo, chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, said in a statement released by the hospital. "Betsy was not only a tremendous asset as a radiology technologist at Allegheny Orthopedics ... she was also a wonderful, caring person whose smile would brighten the day of both her colleagues and patients.

"I would like to offer my sincere condolences to Betsy's family during this difficult time. She will be greatly missed at West Penn Allegheny, where her life touched that of so many others."

Dozens of people gathered yesterday at the two-story brick home where Ms. Gannon was raised, including her boyfriend, Michael Interthal, and her sister, Peggy Klions, of Fairlawn, Ohio.


To read more, visit the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette web site.

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