She is currently serving as Gas Control Committee Chair for the Southern Gas Association.
Samuel John “Coach” Andy, 76, of Wheeling, West Virginia, died July 30, 2016, at Liza’s Place, Wheeling, with his wife, Sandra Jean “Sandy” (Arnett) Andy, family, and several loved ones at his side. Born June 25, 1940, in Wheeling, West Virginia, Sam was the son of the late Samuel John Andy, Sr., and Elaine Marie (Harmison) Andy McNabb. His stepfather, Kenneth Edward McNabb, also preceded Sam in death. Sam was a member of the 1958 graduating class at Wheeling High School and subsequently received his B.A. degree in education from West Liberty State College in 1963. Sam was a lifelong educator whose teaching career began at Frazeysburg High School (Ohio) (1964 – 1966); and Tri-Valley High School (Ohio) (1966 – 1969); then continuing at Wheeling High School (West Virginia) (1969 – 1976); and Wheeling Park High School (West Virginia) (1976-2004). Sam retired from his career as an educator in 2004. Coach Andy’s legendary career as a basketball coach also began at Frazeysburg High School (Ohio) in 1964 at which time he served as head coach of the boys’ basketball team until 1966. In 1966, Coach Andy became the assistant coach of the boys’ basketball team for the consolidation school known as Tri-Valley High School (Ohio) until 1969. Coach then continued his career as head coach of the boys’ basketball team at Wheeling High School (West Virginia) from 1969 to 1976. In 1976, the last year before the consolidation of schools in Ohio County, Coach Andy won the 1976 AAA State Championship. Later that same year, Coach Andy was selected from a group of candidates for the position of head coach at the newly formed Wheeling Park High School (West Virginia) where he remained from 1976 until his retirement in 2006. Under the coaching regime of Coach Andy, the Wheeling Park Patriots went on to win State Titles in 1980 and 1995. The 1995 State Championship win versus Beckley Woodrow Wilson is considered the best game ever played in State Tournament history. The Wheeling Park Patriots won the 1995 State Championship 99-96 in triple overtime. Coach Andy’s Patriots also finished as State Runner-Up in 1997 with State Semi-Final appearances in 1980, 1988, 1990, 1995, 1997, 1998, and 2000. Coach Andy completed his coaching career with a record of 591-290 in Ohio County (West Virginia) and a record of 611-310 overall. With 611 victories spanning a 39-year coaching career, Coach Andy was the second-winningest big-school boys’ basketball coach in state history. He took teams to the West Virginia State Tournament 21 times in 37 years, with 17 at Wheeling Park in his 30-year tenure. Coach’s teams finished the regular season ranked #1 in the state three (3) times (1977, 1995, and 1998); three (3) OVAC Championships (1977, 1998, and 2000); and was the 1995 OVAC Coach of the Year. Coach Andy also won numerous other coaching honors during his illustrious career and had the honor of coaching numerous young men who went on to receive Player of the Year, All-State, All OVAC, and All Valley Honors. Coach Andy was noted for playing anyone, anywhere, at any time including many national opponents whose players went on to the NBA. Coach Andy also took great pride in his 3-0 record when challenged by the Ohio County Board of Education after which he went on to serve as a Board Member (2008-2012).Sam is survived by his wife, Sandra Jean “Sandy” Andy of Wheeling; his sister, Darlene “Dolly” Gillingham of Moundsville; his brother Roger McNabb of Florida; his nephews John (Karen) Gillingham and Charles (Nikki) Gillingham; his great-nieces Audrey Gillingham, Kailey Gillingham, and Lainey Baker; and several cousins in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
Mary Jane Ritson, 95, of Steubenville, Ohio, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Trinity West. She was born April 7, 1921 in Washington, PA a daughter of the late Jack K. & Velma G. Reaney. Mary Jane graduated from Steubenville Wells High School in 1939 and West Liberty University in 1945. She was a retired school teacher and operated a private kindergarten and preschool. Mary Jane was a member of Starkdale Presbyterian Church, Salvation Army Advisory Board, Neighborhood House Day Care Board, Y.W.C.A, Jefferson County Historical Society, Old Fort Steuben Project, West Liberty Alumni Association and a life member of Steubenville Women’s Club. Preceding Mary Jane in death were her husband, whom she married February 28, 1944, Robert A. Ritson and sister Lois Stevenson. Surviving are her niece Linda Stevenson Smittle of Jefferson City, MO; great nephew Brian Smittle of Austin, TX; great nieces Michelle (Scott) Jansen and Deborah (Scott) Kovacs; very close friends Bill & Jane Schaefer, Diane Schaefer and their children Molly, Emily and Marco; special neighbors Chuck & Dee Kovach and Patty & Brian Albert.
Proclamation from the city of Euclid for hirer contributions to the City of Euclid Adult Women’s Softball. After playing many years in the recreation women’s league, she organized the Vintage Players in 2005. The Vintage Players is open to women 45 years of age and older. The first year there were 24 ladies playing, in 2016 there are 108 ladies playing. Many of these ladies also participate in various senior women’ s softball tournaments throughout the year. Players are looking forward to participating in the 2017 National Senior Games in Birmingham, AL. Fischlin has also been honored by the Benjamin Rose foundation – selected as a ‘Mythbuster’ in 2013, proving a person can be active at any age. In 2014, she was inducted into the Ohio Senior Olympic Hall of Fame for her contributions as a player and promoter of the Senior Games.
Raymond L Kolinski, 70, of Wheeling, WV passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2016, in Wheeling Hospital.
He was born in Wheeling on July 30, 1945, son of Felix and Mildred Kolinski.
Raymond was retired and a member of the Warwood United Methodist Church. He was a graduate of West Liberty State College and was self-employed in the automotive repair business.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Felicia Kolinski and Patricia Witzberger.
Raymond is survived by his wife, Sheryl Kolinski; daughter, Sereta (Anthony) Amara and granddaughter, Renee Cooper Amara, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, from 2 – 4 pm and again from 6 – 8 pm at Kepner Funeral Home, Burke Chapel, 2101 Warwood Avenue, Wheeling, WV (304)277-2722, where services will be held Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at 10:30 AM with Pastor Bart Thompson officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.