Wilson S. “Poog” Adams Jr., 82, and his wife Elizabeth “Jean” Adams, 81, of Colerain, OH passed April 4, 2017 at home. Wilson was born June the 12th, 1934 in Martins Ferry, OH, a son of the late Wilson S. and Evelyn A. (Reese) Adams. Jean was born October 7, 1935 in Huntington, WV a daughter of the late Robert and Opal (Corn) Heslep. Wilson was a graduate and stand-out athlete at Bridgeport High School and West Liberty State College. He, along with his father, Wilson Sr. and son “Pooge” played in the O.V.A.C. all-star football game. He was a retired salesman for the asphalt industry. Jean was a graduate of Huntington High School where she was head majorette. She was a graduate of the West Liberty State College dental hygiene program. She was a retired dental hygienist and was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Colerain. Later in life she was an E.M.T. for Colerain Volunteer Fire Department. In addition to their parents, Wilson and Jean were preceded in death by their daughter, Julie Adams; and brother-in-law Bob Och. They are survived by their son; Wilson “Pooge” (Sheri) Adams III of Trafalgar, IN; grandchildren, Wilson Adams IV of Upton, KY, Jessica Adams of St. Clairsville, OH, Kaitlin Adams of Daufuskie Island S.C.; great-grandchildren; Owen and Kravin; and sister, Jean Och of Wheeling, WV. Friends will be received Wednesday, April 12 from 4pm-8pm at Wilson Funeral Home, 920 National Rd. Bridgeport, OH 43912. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11a.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 72581 US Rt. 250, Colerain, OH 43916. Private interment will be held at a later date at Belmont County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you purchase a Carbon Monoxide detector for yourself, or family and friends that do not have one.
Mary Louise (Lucci) Gaspar “Holiday Lady” of Cleveland, OH and formerly of Wheeling, WV, passed away Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Fairview Hospital/Cleveland Clinic.
She was born June 5, 1932 in Wheeling, a daughter of the late Chester J. and Susan B. (Bushovisky) Lucci.
Mary Louise was a graduate of West Liberty State College. She taught elementary school and Spanish in Wheeling and Cleveland and she was a member of St. Stevens Catholic Church. Several years ago Mary Louise experienced a life changing understanding of volunteerism while working with Hospice. She was deeply moved as she witnessed volunteers giving time, talent, compassion, support their hearts and spirits to benefit others. She resigned from many of her social activities and joined a group of entrepreneurial women who did surveys of new products and donated a portion of the profits to needy organizations. Two of their favorites were Wounded Warriors and St. Jude. Part of Mary Louise’s job was vetting many, many requests for donations. She and her late husband were world travelers but after his death she preferred to stay near home. Oglebay Resort in Wheeling was the perfect place to renew friendships and make new acquaintances. She spent 90 days a year at the resort, enough to become known as Oglebay’s “Holiday Lady”. She could be reached at [email protected] . Members of the staff and guests became personal friends and she often was invited to weddings, birthdays and anniversaries held at Oglebay.
Mary Louise enjoyed life to the utmost and was thankful for a wonderful husband, family and friends. She stole a phrase from Robin William’s Movie, The Dead Poets Society and Carpe Diem became her mantra. Not only did she seize the day, she squeezed the day! Mary Louise was a member Wheeling Newcomers; past president of Gamma Zeta; Food for Hunger volunteer and volunteered at several churches assisting with transportation of the handicapped to appointments, shopping and etc.
I addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Edmund Gaspar; sister, Betty Lee Rosenberg and her husband John.
Mary Louise is survived by a sister, Sue Daugherty and husband Don of Warwood, WV; two aunts; one uncle; five nieces; five nephews; cuzins by the dozens and eight godchildren including a set of triplets.
Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Paula Kay Silver of Wellsburg passed away far too young at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA on April 7, 2017.
She was born at Wheeling Hospital and grew up in Bethany, WV.
She was the daughter of the late Pauline Bowman Silver and Woodrow Wilson Silver.
She graduated valedictorian of Bethany High School serving as Captain of the Debate Team, a varsity cheerleader, and received the Betty Crocker Award.
She graduated from West Liberty State College with High Honors and was a participant of the Honors Program. After completing her education at West Virginia University College of Law, she practiced over 41 years serving as an Assistant Prosecutor and City Judge.
She was a member of the West Virginia and Florida State Bar. While being an Assistant Prosecutor in Ohio County for 9 years, she helped hundreds of children find safe, loving homes. She is survived by her two daughters Jennifer Ferguson of Lincolnton, NC, and Jessica Ferguson of Wellsburg, WV, a brother Woodrow Silver Jr. of Denver, NC and a sister Carole Sue Silver (Lee Dittrich) of Washington, PA, and one grandson, Aiden Mizok.
She was a member of the Franklin United Methodist Church and Kadesh Chapel Church.
She enjoyed traveling, her favorite place being Daytona Beach and spending time with her grandson Aiden.
Interment will follow at Kadesh Chapel Cemetery.
William B. “Bill” Ulrich, Jr, 88, of Barnesville, Ohio passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at his home following an extended struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was born on March 28, 1929 in Wheeling, WV to the late William and Mildred (Kronjaeger) Ulrich, Sr.
Bill was a graduate of Triadelphia High School in Wheeling (’47) and West Liberty State College (’51) with a BA in Business. While in high school, he played piano with the original Dancemasters Dance Band. Bill served 4 years in the USAF during the Korean Conflict and was discharged as a S/Sgt. He retired from Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel in 1983 where is was Superintendent-Industrial Relations at the Benwood Plant. Following his retirement, he moved to the Tampa, FL area, returning to the Wheeling/Barnesville area in 1991 at which time he worked as an Industrial Engineering consultant for Seminole Tubular Products with plants in Cambridge, OH and Houston, TX.
Bill was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Barnesville where he served as a Trustee, an Elder and sang in the Adult Choir. He was a member of the Barnesville Elks, NRA, American Legion and Severstall-Wheeling Management Association.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years whom he married on June 9, 1951, Mary K. “Kitty” Ulrich, on September 22, 2011.
Bill is survived by his daughters, Sandra (Paul) Nesbitt of Barnesville and Kathy (Mike) Bolling of Lander, Wyoming; son, William C. (Jodi) Ulrich of Wheeling; four granddaughters; three grandsons; two great-grandsons; two great-granddaughters; and sister, Patti (Ophir) Vellenoweth of Wheeling.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 2 PM with Rev. Same Monte officiating at Campbell-Plumly-Milburn Funeral Home, 319 N. Chestnut St., Barnesville, Ohio. Inurnment will follow at Crestview Cemetery where military honors will be observed. To send a note of condolence please visit www.CampbellPlumlyMilburnFuneralHome.com or follow us on Facebook.
Sandra Elizabeth (Knight) Gorby, 74, of Moundsville, WV, passed away Thursday, March 23, 2017, at Moundview Health Care, Moundsville.
She was born Aug. 29, 1942, in Marshall County, WV, daughter of the late Ellis and Eva (Walton) Knight.
Sandra was a Methodist by faith; former school teacher at First Ward School, Moundsville; and she loved to read, use her computer and do puzzles.
She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Richard Gorby of Moundsville; two children, Richard Charles (Jessie) Gorby of Pittsburgh, PA, and Amanda Elizabeth (Larry) Hill of Montana: brother, Charles (Beth) Knight of Wheeling, WV; four grandchildren, Allie Jeffords (Adam Estel), Ashley, Linsy and Hailey Hill; and great-grandchild, Adeline Estel.
Interment will follow at Halcyon Hills Memorial Garden, Sherrard, WV.