John F. Grisell, age 66 of Valparaiso, IN, formerly of Moundsville, WV died January 13, 2017. He was born November 17, 1950, the son of the late Curtis and Margaret Myers Grisell. He graduated from Moundsville High School; attended Fairmont State College and West Liberty State College. While living in Moundsville, he was an active member of the community, having served on the City Council and as Mayor; he worked for several years in the Marshall County Assessor’s Office; and was an avid hunter and fisherman. Survivors include his wife, Susan Grisell; step-sons, James Meece and Aaron Pavlin; a sister, Jane Grisell Murphy; a nephew, Tim Murphy; and numerous cousins. Family will receive friends on Friday from 5-8pm at Grisell Funeral Home & Crematory, 400 Jefferson Avenue. Moundsville where Memorial Services will be held Saturday at 10:30am with Rev. Bruce Bevans officiating. Inurnment will follow at Riverview Cemetery, Moundsville.
TSIKALAS – John G. Age 74, of The Villages, FL, formerly of Grand Island, NY, passed away on May 22, 2016. A graduate of West Liberty State College. A member of the Knights of Columbus, served as Grand Knight, Faithful Navigator, member of the Master’s Staff and the Color Corp. John had a deep love for his family, especially his wife Sally for over 50 years, daughters Sherrie (Mark) Morrison, Andrea Reynolds, Danielle (Erik) Phillips. John also leaves behind six grandchildren, AJ and Jarod Morrison, Matthew and Megan Reynolds, Kaitlin and Collin Phillips. donations to the A Memorial Mass was held on July 2, 2016 at 10:00 AM at St. Stephen’s Church, Grand Island, NY.
BAKER, Frank Joseph, Jr., 59, of Wheeling, WV, passed away on January 17, 2017 at UPMC Shadyside.
He was born on April 25, 1957 in Wheeling, WV, the son of Patsy and the late Frank Joseph Baker, Sr.
Frank was a graduate of West Liberty State College, West Liberty, WV, where he received his bachelor and business administrative degrees. He spent most of his career as a master bricklayer for Walters Construction Co., Wheeling, WV.
He was a member of The Experience Church in Bridgeport, OH, where he was part of the parking team. He loved his church very much. He also loved to fly his airplane with his best friend Jeff Roberts, and he enjoyed riding motorcycles.
In addition to his father, Frank is preceded in death by his sister, Beth Salatino, and a niece, Shawna Salatino.
Frank is survived by his mother, Patsy E. Miller Baker of Bethlehem, WV; a nephew, Troy Salatino; four cousins, Connie, Bob, Kelly, and Chuck; and a uncle, Charles Miller (Mary Kaye).
Friends are invited to a celebration of Franks life, on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at The Experience Church, 55505 National Road, Bridgeport, OH 43912.
Robert S. Kish age 66 of Wheeling went home to be with the Lord on January 9, 2017 ushered in by the saints after a short illness. He was born on July 1, 1950, son of the late Stephen and Jewell (Betty Pethel) Kish. He was a member of Mountain View United Methodist Church, Mena, Arkansas, and the Warwood United Methodist Church in Wheeling, WV. The viewing will be from 9:00-1:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017, with memorial service to follow at 1:00 p.m. at Kepner Funeral Home Burke Chapel. A private VFW burial will be held at a later date.
He spent his last precious moments alone with his wife, Nancy. Then he closed his eyes and entered Heaven. He left this earth showing everyone his love and his faith. He is better now; but he is so missed. A Cancer can take the strength from my legs, but when I cannot do it alone Nancy and my friends will lift me up and carry me, thank you Richard and Ed. Cancer can take from me my life, but not your love Nancy, as I will take your love with me, knowing that one day our God will reunite us for eternity.
Bob’s greatest passion was people and he always tried to see the good in everyone, never having met a stranger. He believed in actively serving his community and standing up for his fellow man. Bob was a leader for many and walked through life with broad shoulders. Bob attended Warwood High School and then joined the Army. Bob was a proud Vietnam Veteran. After graduating from West Liberty State College, he was excited to be an Associate Professor in HVAC at Belmont Technical College. He also worked many years in the HVAC field. Bob’s last employment was with the City of Benwood as Code Enforcement Officer, a job he truly loved.
He found it satisfying to serve and represent his fellow veterans. Above all, he enjoyed life. Bob chose to be a part of society and be friendly to everyone. He would extend his hand and tell his life story to a complete stranger in hopes to find common ground. He would tip a fast food worker, anticipating they needed money. Bob found happiness in his efforts to be charitable to people and organizations in need; giving his time, passion and energy to raise funds. He will be missed and remembered for his great sense of humor, willingness to help others and his devotion to the VFW.
At the time of his death Bob was West Virginia VFW State Commander and a Life Member of the Elm Grove Post 4442. He was a member of the Benwood American Legion Post 46 and a Life Member of Disabled American Veterans. Bob also served in the State of Arkansas as VFW District 8 Commander. American Legion District 13 Commander and American Legion Post 48 Commander. He also served as President of the American Legion Department of Arkansas American Legion Foundation. He was also Past President of the West Liberty Lions Club and Clearview Club Community Educational Outreach Service.
Robert is survived by a son, grandchildren, several cousins, sister-in-law, brother-in-law and his forever friend and wife Nancy.
ZALE, Rudolph “Rudy”, 90, of Wheeling, WV, passed away on January 9, 2017 at Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Wheeling, WV.
He was born on May 26, 1926 in Wheeling, WV, the son of the late Mike and Martha Visnich Zatezalo.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded by his loving wife Kathleen Zale.
Rudy was a graduate of West Liberty State College and Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He was retired from pharmaceutical sales. Prior to his pharmaceutical career though Mr. Zale was employed as a funeral director and embalmer in the Wheeling area. He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church in Wheeling, WV.
He was a former member of Oglebay Park Golf Club, and a former member of the Moundsville Country Club. Mr. Zale won local tournaments throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s then in 1987 he won the West Virginia Seniors Golf Championship. He also won many local golf tournaments throughout his golf career.
Friends received on Thursday, January 12, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. at Kepner Funeral Home, 166 Kruger Street, Wheeling (304-242-2311), with Father Bill Matheny officiating. Entombment in Mt. Calvary Mausoleum, Wheeling, WV.