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Obituary Dated -January 16, 2016 - February 9, 2017
LOUISE ANN STRAUSS,  76, of Martins Ferry, OH died Saturday, January 16, 2016
Louise was born in Tiltonsville, OH on March 1, 1939, a daughter of the late John Calvin and Rose (Pempek) Pollock.
 In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Strauss and one brother, John Pollock.
She is survived by  two daughters, Deborah L. (Jeff) Sproul, Pickerington, OH; Cheryl A. (John) Deblasis, Wheeling, WV; two sons, Carl F. (Ana) Strauss, Jr., The Woodlands, TX; Scott M. (Janet) Strauss, Martins Ferry, OH; two brothers, Ronald and Robert Pollock; six sisters, Rosalie Dlesk; Sandra Brothers; Patricia Krol; Marsha Zupko; Karen Moore; Janice Pollock; ten grandchildren, Matthew and Michael Ackerman; Trisha Estock; Jessica Zdrozny; Lauren Hunke; Danielle Schemp; Trent and Sudie Strauss; Carl III and Caily Strauss; four great-grandchildren, Vivian and Mason Ackerman; Reese Zdrozny and Elyse Hunke.
Funeral services were held at the funeral home Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 11 a.m. with Rev. William O. Webster, Jr. officiating.
Interment  followed in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, Ohio.

ROBERT JOSEPH JANISZEWSKI, "BOB", 62, of Martins Ferry, OH, died Sunday, January 24, 2016.  
Bob was born in Wheeling, WV on April 12, 1953, a son of the late Stanley Arthur and Theresa Helen (Jackovitch) Janiszewski.
He was a retired employee of the city of Martins Ferry. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Martins Ferry and also   the Martins Ferry Fire Dept. and a Honorary Member of the Liberty Station.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Stanley (Mick) Janiszewski on October 5, 2015
In addition to his wife Robin (Williams) Janiszewski, he is survived by two daughters, Rebecca L. (Corey) Kolinski, McMechen, WV and Rosalyn E. Janiszewski, of Martins Ferry; grandson, Xavier J. Kolinski; three granddaughters, Londyn and Kynzleigh Kolinski; Isabella Janiszewski.
Funeral services were held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 28, 2016 with Rev.  Tom Marut officiating. 
Interment  followed at Riverview  Cemetery, Martins Ferry.
The Fire Department held services at the funeral home Wednesday at 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Grandchildren's College Fund % Softite Community Federal Credit Union, 1201 So. Zane Highway, Martins Ferry, OH  43935.





JOHN  C. TIERNEY, "JACK",  89, of Martins Ferry, OH , died Friday, February 12, 2016.
Jack was born in Martins Ferry, OH on August 8, 1926, the son of the late John Charles and Clara Lou (House) Tierney.
He was a retired employee of the former Ohio Valley Window Co. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Martins Ferry. Jack served in the U. S. Navy during W.W. II.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Tim.
In addition to his wife, Elizabeth Ann (Thomas) Tierney, he is survived by four sons: Gregory J. (Debbie) Tierney, Apex, NC; Keith P. (Linda) Tierney, Westerville, OH; Larry E. (Sue) Tierney, Reynoldsburg, OH; Rick P. (Michelle) Tierney, Pickerington, OH; daughter, Mary Beth (Larry) Brost, Martins Ferry; sister, Winona L. (Dick) Hastwell, Wintersville, OH. Jack is also survived by 13 grandchildren: Sarah; Adam; Julie; John; David; Nichole; Melissa; Michelle; Shane; Jennifer; Morgan; Craig; Marissa and 10 great-grandchildren: Kaleb; Emily; Reese; Connor; Mia; Colsen; Jordan; Savannah; Jada; and Lyla.
A Memorial Mass was held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry, on Thursday, February 18. 2016 at 11 a.m. with Rev.Tom Marut as the celebrant.
In lieu of flowers donations to St. Mary's Church, 20 N. 4th Street, Matins Ferry, OH 43935.. 



RICKY LEE APOSTOLEC, 57, of Nixon Run Road, Martins Ferry, OH, died Monday, February 29, 2016.
He was born in Martins Ferry, OH on August 2, 1958, a son of the late George and Betty Jean (Thrasher) Apostolec.
He was employed as a truck driver for Teamsters Local 697 of Wheeling, WV.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Preston.
Ricky is survived by his wife, Kimberly S. (Smith) Apostolec; son, Steve M. (Amy) Smith, Columbus, OH; five granddaughters, Karlie and Riley Apostolec; Amyra Young; Presley and Stevie Smith; two brothers, George (Carol) Apostolec and Robert Apostolec; two sisters, Judy (Rich) Baker and Karen (Jimmy) Hill.  
Funeral services were held at the funeral home Friday, March 4, 2016 at 11 a.m. with Rev. William O. Webster officiating.


MARK LEIF McFARLAND,  52, of  Rayland, OH ,died Friday, March 18, 2016 at his residence. 
Mark was born in Wheeling, WV on October 28, 1963, a son of the late Robert Kinney and Helen Louise (Doughty) McFarland.
He was a former employee of the Ohio Valley Medical Center of Wheeling, WV.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a infant daughter, Mandy.
He is survived by two daughters, Amber M. (Charles) Vanchure, Mt. Pleasant, OH; Jessica (James) Pringle, Georgetown, OH; two sons, Richard A. (Jessica) McFarland, Rayland, OH; Robert W. McFarland, Mt. Pleasant, OH; sister, Carol A. (Jody) Redinger, Martins Ferry, OH; two brothers, Robert K. McFarland and Jeff A. McFarland, both of Martins Ferry; grandchildren, Damion, Chloe, Ava,; Gianna, Jett, Jaxon. 
Funeral services were held at the funeral home Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 11 a.m. with Rev. James R. Monogloudis officiating.
Private interment was held in Riverview Cemetery. 






PETER CLINTON KELLEY, SR., 85, of  Hillcrest Drive, Martins Ferry, OH, passed away Sunday, March 20, 2016.
He was born in Martins Ferry, on August 16, 1930, a son of the late Prosper E. and Estella (Fowler) Kelley.
Pete was an avid fisherman, sports enthusiast and a devoted father and grandfather. He was a 42 year retired employee of the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, Yorkville Plant. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church; 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Council #1421 both of Martins Ferry. He served in the U.S. Navy. 
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Bernadine Marie (Petras); four sisters and two brothers.
He is survived by  three sons, Patrick J. (Denise) Kelley, Martins Ferry; Peter C. (Nicola) Kelley, Jr., Columbus, OH; Stephen M. (Pam) Kelley, Uniontown, OH; eight grandchildren, Shyla, Sommer, Brandon, Noah, Taylor, Justin, Christian and Joseph; six great -grandchildren, Hannah, Haleigh, Silas, Emerson, Charlotte and Cheyenne. 
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 with Rev. Tom Marut, as the celebrant. 
Interment  followed at Holly Memorial Gardens Pleasant Grove, Ohio. 
Wake Service was held at 7:30 on Monday at the funeral home.

DELLA MARIE GDULA, 86, of Martins Ferry, OH, died Sunday, March 20, 2016. 
She was born in Martins Ferry, on December 14, 1929, a daughter of the late Luigi and Santa (Tarantina) Riccelli.
She was a retired Legal Secretary at Dankworth & Archer Attorneys at Law of Bridgeport, OH and of Keith Sommer, Attorney at Law of Martins Ferry;  Administrative Assistant at Belmont Tech. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry; Catholic Daughters and St. Mary's Funeral Committee.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by six brothers, Tom, Joe, Frank, Louis, Jim and George; sister, Mary Stover. 
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Stanley Gdula, and her daughter, Kim A. (Tom) Suriano, New Albany, OH; son, David (Natalie) Gdula, Chagrin Falls, OH; sister, Frances (James) Wilson, Martins Ferry, OH; brother, Dominic Riccelli, Warren, OH; two granddaughters, Susan (David) Selan, Westerville, OH; Stephanie (Mark) Foster, Gahanna, OH; two grandsons, Parker Gdula, Chagrin Falls, OH; Gannon Gdula, Chagrin Falls, OH; four great grandsons, Henry, George, Walt and Wyatt; also survived by niece AJ (Mark) Davison, who provided love, care and support. 
Rosary & Wake Service was held at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church, at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, with Rev.  Tom Marut as the celebrant. 
Interment followed at Riverview Cemetery Martins Ferry.


PAULA MARIE BENDEKOVICH, 66, of Kennedy Ave., Bridgeport, OH, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2016. 
She was born in Chicago, IL on November 16, 1949, the daughter of the late Robert Lloyd and Mary Cecelia (Cain) Guy.
She was employed as a Nursing Assistant at Wheeling Hospital, Wheeling, WV.
She is survived by five daughters, Kimberly, Jo Ann, Elizabeth, Ann and Joy; three brothers, Robert, John and Danny. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. 
Funeral services were held at the funeral home on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 11 a.m. with Father Bakhos Chidiac officiating.
Condolences to the family may be made by signing the guest book to the left of this page.

ALICE JEAN NAGEL, 80, formerly of Dix Addition, Martins Ferry, OH, passed away Saturday, April 30, 2016. 
She was born in Martins Ferry, on March 25, 1936, the daughter of the late Robert F. and Mary Louise (Williams) Shrodes.
She was a retired telephone operator at Wake Co. Medical Center, NC. And a Past President of the Colerain VFW Post 8848 Auxiliary.
Alice was preceded in death by her husband, John Paul Nagel and step-mother, Loraine Shrodes.
She is survived by two sons, John R. (Amy Padden) Nagel, Martins Ferry and Michael A. (Lisa) Nagel, NC.; daughter, Vicki L. Goonen, Indian Rocks, Fl.; four grandsons, Jon, Josh, Jesse and Christopher Nagel; granddaughter, Chelsea Goonen; two great-grandchildren, Aubrey and Cameron Bavi.  
Funeral service were held at the funeral home Wednesday May 4, 2016 at 11 a.m. with Rev. William O. Webster, Jr. officiating.
Mausoleum Entombment followed in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, OH.
The Martins Ferry Fire Department paid respects Tuesday at 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 5555 Frantz Road, Dublin, OH 43017.

CHRISTOPHER ANDREW BIRD,  27, of Jacobs Street, Wheeling, WV , died Sunday, May 8, 2016.
He was born in Washington, PA, on January 3, 1989, son of  Arthur L. Bird, Washington, PA and Mary Ann Lechner of Wheeling.
Chris was employed  at Niebergall Ice Co. of Wheeling.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Adam Lechner; step-sister, Chloe Bird; step-brother, A. J. Bird and his maternal grandmother, Ruth E. Lechner
Funeral service were held at the funeral home Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 2 p.m. with Rev. William O. Webster, Jr. officiating.


GEORGE EDWARD RILEY, 73, of Sunset Heights, Bridgeport, OH , passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at his residence. 
George was born in OH on June 28, 1942, son of the late George Joseph and Mary Elizabeth (Urban) Riley.
He was a retired Equipment Operator for the former Ayers Limestone of Martins Ferry, OH.
He is survived by two sisters, Katy Riley of TX and Deborah Kuntz of Augusta, WV; brother, Anthony (Sonny) Riley of Barton, OH.  
Services are private at the convenience of family. 
Interment private at convenience of the family at Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, OH.

GINA MARY TERESA HANKET, 57, of Colerain Pike,  Martins Ferry, OH, died Friday, May 20th, 2016 at her residence. 
Gina was born in Martins Ferry, OH on April 7, 1959, daughter of the late Peter Joseph Domenick and Margaret (Porco) Hutchison who survives her of Cadiz, OH.
She was a Catholic by faith.  She retired from the U.S. Army. 
In addition to her father, Peter Domenick and her husband, Michael Hanket, she was preceded in death by two nephews, Michael Domenick and Kristopher Klubert.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by  two brothers, Anthony R. Domenick, Wheeling, WV and Joseph T. Domenick, Pickneyville, IL; sister, Valerie L. (Kevin) Klubert, Yorkville, OH; nephew, John J. Klubert, St. Clairsville, OH; step-father, Lloyd Hutchison, Cadiz, OH.
Services are private at the convenience of family. 
Interment will be held in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, OH. 


JOHN  BAZAN,  96, of  Martins Ferry, OH died Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 at Barberton Hospital, Barberton, OH. 
John was born in Connorsville, Ohio on September 27, 1919, son of the late Lukas and Suzanna (Gaca) Bazan.
He was a retired employee for the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Yorkville Plant. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Martins Ferry. Lifetime member of the V.F.W.  He was a W.W. II Army Veteran having served in the South Pacific
In addition to his parents and his wife, Barbara Ann (LEJA) Bazan, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Paul, Mike and Joe; four sisters, Mary, Elizabeth, Anna and Julia
       He is survived by two daughters, Karen Bazan, Martins Ferry and Christine wife of David Dowdell, Barberton, OH. two sisters, Margaret Shearer, Fulton, MD and Irene Maria, Lanham, MD; three granddaughters, Lisa (Mike) Nichols, Barberton, OH; Allison (Geoff) Stokes, Dublin, OH; Tracey (Mike) Eberst, Columbus, OH. 
        Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 with Rev. Tom Marut as the celebrant.
Wake service was held at the funeral home Monday at 7:15 p.m. 
Interment followed in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling, WV.
Military Honors were given by the Belmont Co. Veterans Assoc. at the cemetery. 



RICHARD "RICK" LEE KIMBLE, 49, of North 7th Street, Martins Ferry, OH , died Monday, June 6th, 2016. 
Rick was born in Martins Ferry on March 25, 1967, the son of William "Juice" and Kathy (Fodor) Kimble of Martins Ferry, OH.
He was employed at Cabela's; a member of the Iron Workers Local, both of Wheeling, WV. He was a member of the Martins Ferry Fire Dept., Alerts Engine Co. 
In addition to his parents and his wife, Cristina Lynn (Brown)  he is survived by a son, Jared Kimble; three daughters, Shayla Poling; Heather Ruth; Danatha Ruth; brother, William (Shana) Kimble, Jr.; niece, Avarie Kimble.  
Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Satuday, June 11, 2016 at 7 p.m. with Rev. Tom Marut officiating.
The Fire Dept. held services at 6:30. 




WENDY L. MURPHY,  48, of  So. Zane Highway, Martins Ferry, OH passed away Saturday, June 18th, 2016. 
She was born in Wheeling, WV on October 5, 1967, daughter of the late Leonord and Margaret Helen (Stein) Prezkop.
She is survived by a son, Justice Murphy, St. Clairsville, OH and a sister, Jodi (Mike) Orzolek, Martins Ferry.
Services were private at the convenience of family. 

JOHN A. DEW, "JACK",  92, of St. Clairsville, OH , died Sunday, June 19th, 2016.
Jack was born in Martins Ferry, OH on February 24, 1924, son of the late Edwin and Cora (Blinco) Dew.
He was a retired Die Setter at the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel of Martins Ferry for 35 years.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Pleasant Grove, OH; Member of Ohio City Lodge 486, Osiris Shriners, Legion of Honor, Eastern Star Valley of Steubenville and The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Ohio, Bellaire Chapter #107, Life Time Member of the V.F.W.  He was also a member of Pine Valley Sportsmen Club of Adena. He enjoyed fishing, camping and boating. He served in the U.S. Navy in WW II. 
 In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, William Dew and sister, Shirley Bluhm.
He is survived by his wife, Sarah Catherine (Snider) Dew whom he married June 22, 1946. 
Services were private at the convenience of family. 
Mausoleum Entombment followed at Holly Memorial Gardens Pleasant Grove, OH. 


OLGA THERESA POLUGA, 94, of  N. 8th Street, Martins Ferry, OH, died Thursday, July 14th, 2016. 
She was born in Maynard, OH on January 1, 1922, daughter of the late Anton and Anna (Pozar) Smila.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Ladies of St. Mary's and also a member of the Mackey Community Association all of Martins Ferry.
 In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard E. Poluga; three brothers, John, Anthony and Frank Smila; five sisters, Mary Krasevec, Josephine Rock, Anna Zadell, Amelia Nemec and Joan Theiss.
She is survived by son, Michael E. (Janet) Poluga, Martins Ferry, OH; daughter, Paula C. (Richard) Gorsuch, Columbus, OH; three granddaughters, Tammy Lea Weals; Alison (Jeremy) Young; Alicia (David) McKnight; and Bubcha to great grandson, Logan Young. She will also be missed by her caregivers Teena Bazar and Rick Rodgers. 
Friends will be received at the funeral home Sunday from 3 until 7 p.m. 
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2016 with Rev. Tom Marut officiating. 
Mausoleum entombment followed in St. Mary's Cemetery, Martins Ferry.
Wake service was held at the funeral home on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church, 20 N. 4th Street, Martins Ferry, OH 43935.

GEORGE RUSSELL RUCH, 78, of Rayland, OH , died Friday, July 15th, 2016.
George was born in Pleasant City, OH on October 24, 1937, the son of the late Harry J. (Pete) and Olive Merle (Osborne) Ruch.
He was a retired  Auditor at the former Western Auto (Tire America).; a member of the First Christian Church of Martins Ferry, OH.; Past President of the Ohio Society, Sons of the American Revolution and Past President of the Ebenezer Zane Chapter, OHSSAR, St. Clairsville, OH. He was also a member of the Ohio River Valley Elks Lodge #231 and former trustee. He served in the U.S. Air Force.
He is survived by his wife, Darlene J. (Matheas); son, Douglas W. Ruch, Chatham, IL; daughter, Michelle A. (Jeff) Lynn, Bloomington, IL.; step-son, Robert Del (Carla) Barris, Martins Ferry, OH; two sisters, Judith A. Swerens and Linda S. (Al) Gornik. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, one step-grandchild, four great-grandchildren; four nephews, two nieces, five grand-nephews and eight grand-nieces.  
       Funeral service were held at the funeral home on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 11 a.m. with Rod Kasler, officiating.
Interment followed at Holly Memorial Gardens Pleasant Grove, OH. 
Sons of The American Revolution held services at the funeral home on Wednesday at 3 p.m. followed by the Elks Lodge at 7 p.m. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, 710 So. Zane Highway, Martins Ferry, OH 43935.

LAURA LEE KYLE,  87,  went to be with her family on Friday, July 22, 2016 her father and mother, Clark and Ellen (Wheeler) Knight,  brothers, Harry, Eddie, sister, Helen and great-grandson, Dennis "Bubba" Channel, Jr.
Laura Lee was born in the winter of 1929, February 9. She was a beautiful blonde haired blue eyed child, with an infectious giggle and a beautiful smile. She grew up in Triadelphia, WV.
She did all the things wives and mothers do and then some. She was very active in community service, serving as President of the Ohio County Extension Homemakers Club, VP of the Community Education Outreach Service and on the National Educational Committee.
She will be greatly missed by the loved ones she left behind, her four beautiful children, Bill "Dolly" Kyle of AZ, Jenny Roach of TX, Laura Marie Mitchell of AZ, and Sandy(Butch) Channel of Martins Ferry; 14 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren.
Laura Lee loved to write; she could sit down and write a poem or a short story in a minute, because she sure couldn't cook! She was quick witted and filled the room with great stories, smiles and laughter wherever she went. Her favorite words were DUCK!!! Bore!!! Just to name a few of her DUCK and BORE phrases, "Who the DUCK are you" "What the DUCK are you doing" "Get the DUCK out of here" "You BORE" "You all look like BORES"
The family wants to thank all of the employees at Park Health in St. Clairsville, OH who took wonderful care of our mother, Laura Lee.
Services were held at the convenience of the family.



JOHN MICHAEL MALLIS, 81, of Martins Ferry, OH , died Saturday, July 30th, 2016.
John was born in Martins Ferry, OH on December 1, 1934, son of the late Mike and Ethel (Mehelis) Mallis.
He was a retired Produce Manager at Krogers in Warwood, WV. He was a member of Greek Orthodox Church Of The Life-Giving Fountain, Martins Ferry. He served in the U.S. Marines.
John is survived by his wife, Carol Grace (Frederick);  son, John (Brenda) Mallis, Wheeling, WV; two daughters, Deborah L. (Tom) Donley, Martins Ferry and Kimberly A. (Troy) Reidy, San Diego, CA; sister, Edna Pappas, Greensboro, NC; grandson, T. J. (Sherri) Donley; two granddaughters, Sarah and Faith Reidy.  
A memorial service was held at the funeral home onThursday, August 4, 2016 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Michael Ziebarth officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Belmont Co. Animal Rescue League, 45244 National Road West, St. Clairsville, OH 43950.

MARTHA NOLA VOLAN, 88, of Martins Ferry, OH, passed away Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 while in the company of family members at her residence. 
She was born in Martins Ferry on September 23, 1927 daughter of the late Mary E. (Whiston) Dornon.
Martha was a retired teacher for the Martins Ferry School System. She was a member of Calvary Pentecostal Church of Steubenville, OH.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.
In addition to her husband, Paul J. Volan, she is survived by son, Paul L. (Karen) Volan, Martins Ferry; daughter, Cheryl S. (Robert) McCartrney, St. Simons Island, GA; grandchildren, Paul (Cherith) Volan; Jeff (Mandi) Volan; Denise (Dave) Kuckuck; Malinda (Danny) Stevey. She is also survived by seven great-grandchildren and one great great-grandson.
Funeral service were held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 20, 2016 with Pastor J. Kotsanos and Rev. Terry Endsley officiating. 
Mausoleum entombment followed at Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, OH. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Amedysis Home Health Care, 52171 National Road, East, Suite 1, St. Clairsville, OH  43950.

CHELSIE LYNN APOSTOLEC, age 28, of Wheeling, WV, died Monday, September 12th, 2016. 
She was born in Bellaire, OH on June 22, 1988, the daughter of James and Karen Sue (Apostolec) Hill who survives her of Barton, OH.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by a son, Kash M. Brown; daughter, Kionna L. Brown; brother, Michael P. Apostolec; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service was held on September 19th, 2016  at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 50470 National Road, East, St. Clairsville, OH. at 4 p.m. with Pastor Gary Eller officiating. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Keller Funeral Home, 615 Hanover Street, Martins Ferry, OH  43935 to help defray the funeral expenses. 

 SARAH CATHERINE DEW, 91, of St. Clairsville, OH , died Sunday, September 25th, 2016.
She was born in Martins Ferry, OH on November 19, 1924, daughter of the late Joseph and Beatrice (Jorgensen) Snider.
She was a retired  head cashier at Krogers of Martins Ferry, OH. She was a member of United Methodist Church of Pleasant Grove, OH. She was also a member of the former Eastern Star of Martins Ferry.
 In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, John "Jack" Dew on June 19 of this year and two brothers, Joseph and Robert.
She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. 
Services were private at the convenience of family. 
Mausoleum entombment was held in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, OH. 
Condolences to the family may be made by signing the guest book to the left of this page.


"Together Forever"
RUTH  (WEIGAND) DAWSON,  84, of Chantilly, VA and formerly of Martins Ferry, OH passed away Monday, October 3rd, 2016 at her residence. 
She was born in Wheeling, WV on October 25, 1931, daughter of the late Alfred John and Albertha Dora (Finck) Weigand.
Ruth was a retired employee of the former Bell Atlantic.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Clyde Blake Dawson she was preceded in death by two grandsons, Matthew Blake Dawson, Robert Clyde Dawson; two brothers, Alfred John, Jr. and Edwin Arthur Weigand
She is survived by two sons, Mark C. (Laura) Dawson, Chantilly, VA; David L. (Pauline) Dawson, Chantilly, VA; four grandchildren, Patrick  L. Dawson; Sean M. Dawson; Gabrielle L. Kelly; Leanne F. Dawson; brother, Donald H. Weigand, Martins Ferry, OH; numerous nieces and nephews.  
A Memorial Mass was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 10, 2016 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry with Rev. Tom Marut as the celebrant.
Interment  followed in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling, WV.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Church, 20 N. 4th Street, Martins Ferry, OH 43935.

PATRICIA AGNES (BENLINE)TREMOULIS,  89, of Martins Ferry, OH , passed away Thursday, October 6th, 2016. 
She was born in Bellaire, OH on September 15, 1927,  she was the daughter of the late Francis Xavier and Aedline (Carter) Benline.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Denzil  she was preceded in death by two daughters, Beckie Glasgow and Terrie Hiam; two sisters and four brothers.
She is survived by  two daughters, Marilyn Woods of Martins Ferry and Pamela (Leonard) Federico, Steubenville, OH; son, Louis (Karan) Tremoulis, Winston Salem, NC. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.
Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 11 a.m. 
Mausoleum entombment followed at Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, OH. 


DEANNA  VELOSKI, 77, formerly of Martins Ferry, OH, died Wednesday, October 26th, 2016.  
She was born in Martins Ferry, OH on December 21, 1938, a daughter of the late William and Jennie (Kornacki) Veloski. 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Jeanette Veloski
She is survived by a sister, Betty J. Neavin, of Martins Ferry. 
Graveside service and interment was held at the convenience of the family at Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove.



CHARLES EDWARD HODOR, SR, 85, of South Zane Highway, Martins Ferry, OH , died Friday, November 4, 2016.
Chuck was born in Martins Ferry, OH on January 29, 1931, a son of the late John and Mary (Pastor) Hodor.
He was a retired employee of the former Consol Coal. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church; Honorary Member of Martins Ferry Fire Dept. Liberty Engine Co. for 60 years; Italian-American Club and the Polish National Alliance Club all of Martins Ferry. He served in the U.S. Air Force. 
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Brent Hodor; three sisters, Mary Vetanze, Frances Groza and Nancy Smith;  two brothers, Bill and Paul Hodor.
He is survived by his wife, Elsie Janice (Howard) Hodor; son, Charles E. Hodor, Jr., Martins Ferry; two sisters, Dorothy DeFede, Martins Ferry and Isabel Berardi, Coraopolis, PA; grandson, Chase J. Hodor and granddaughter, Liberty J. Hodor, both of Martins Ferry; three great-granddaughters Laikyn, London and Lailah. 
Friends were received at the funeral home Sunday 12-3 and 5-8 p.m. The Martins Ferry Fire Dept.held services at 7 p.m. followed by a Wake service at 7:30.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry, at 11 a.m. on Monday, November 7, 2016 with Rev.  Tom Marut as the celebrant.
Interment followed in St. Mary's Cemetery, Martins Ferry.
The Belmont Co. Veterans Association gave military honors at the funeral home Monday at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Martins Ferry Liberty Engine Co., Center Street, Martins Ferry, OH  43935.

MARILYN KAY ZUPKO, age 62, formerly of Colerain, OH died on Sunday, November 13, 2016. 
She was born in Martins Ferry, OH on September 29, 1954, a daughter of the late Paul P. and Agnes G. (Kunczt) Zupko.
She was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church of Colerain.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, James Zupko.
She is survived by a sister, Pauline (Wade F.) Neely, of Wellsburgh, WV; niece, Lynna S. (Justin) Tennant; nephew, Wade F. "Rick" (Kathleen Neely; nephew, James (Lura) Zupko and Brian Zupko; great niece, Chloe Neely.
A Memorial Mass was held at St. Frances Cabrini Church of Colerain on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 11 a.m. with Father Tim McGuire as the celebrant.
Interment was held in St. Mary's Cemetery, Martins Ferry.



JOHN JOSEPH KELLER, 53, of Piedmont, OH , passed away in the arms of his loving wife, Thursday, November 17th, 2016. 
John was born in Martins Ferry, OH on January 29, 1963, a son of the late John Carl and Mary Ellen (Renshaw) Keller and grandson of John Otto Keller
He was employed as a machinist at K &J Machine, Barnsville, OH.
He is survived his wife, Kimberly Ann (Kinneer) Keller; five sisters, Ellen M. Blake, Christine L. Angerer, Becky A. Jenkins, Katherine R. West, Sandy L. Keller, brother, Joseph A. Keller and partner-in-crime, Greg N. Heslop. His constant and faithful companions, Murph, Chester and Remi; numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received Monday 2-8 p.m. 
Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 11 a.m. with Rev. William O. Webster officiating.
Condolences to the family may be made by signing the guest book to the left of this page.

          Deer Hunter's Prayer
Worked hard all my life
Married to my sweetheart, my beautiful wife.
The outdoors is where I will always be.
Many memories I will cherish for I was free.
Getting up early to see the sun rise
trying to outsmart that buck who is truly wise.
Sitting in my tree stand or having a quiet lunch
its these times I will miss so much.
Most people will never truly value what us hunters see
these memories will always stay with me
I leave this place leaving nothing to chance
I will now ask the lord "may I have this dance?
I will now hunt and fish everyday,
for it was Gods wish for now to stay.
Don't cry or feel sad for me.
I will be the one flying up in the sky for you all to see....
(Author Unknown)
VIRGINIA MARIE ROBERTS, age 88, of Inman, SC and formerly of Adena, OH passed away Tuesday, December 20th, 2016. 
She was born in Martins Ferry, OH on December 17, 1928, a daughter of the late Floyd and Elizabeth (Doughty) Evans.
In addition to her parents, Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Lee S. Roberts, Jr.; son, Kenneth Lee Roberts and a brother, Robert Evans.
She is survived by son, James E. (Nancy) Roberts, Inman, SC; two  grandsons, Steven  N. (Masayo)  and Cody Roberts; sister, LaDonna Venigh and six great grandchildren.
A graveside service was held at Olive Branch Cemetery, Harrisville, OH. at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 29th, 2016,  with Rod Kasler officiating. 




STEVE  ARTHUR  FODOR, "ARTIE" 63, of Hickory Street, Martins Ferry, OH , passed away Monday, December 5th, 2016 at his residence. 
Artie was born in Martins Ferry, OH on September 19, 1953, the son of the late Arthur Steve and Arzella Elsie (Evans) Fodor.
He was a retired security guard for Murray Energy St. Clairsville, OH.
Artie is survived by his wife of 43 years, Karla Jo (Reeb) Fodor; three daughters: Alisa J. (John) Scott; Beth A. Fodor-Kuneff; Stef L. (Kevin) Uhrich; two sisters: Kathy A. (Bill) Kimble, Martins Ferry; Marla J. (Jim) Doty, Zephyr Hills, FL; seven grandchildren, Seth and T.J. Scott; Aliyah and Johnny Marelli; Adam Gavarkavich; Alivia Fodor-Edwards; Kevin Uhrich, Jr.; numerous nieces and nephews and cousins. 
       Funeral service was held at the funeral home Friday, December 9, 2016 at 12 noon with Rev. James Agnew officiating.
Artie loved watching his grandchildren play sports.





ANTHONY A. SARRATORE, "BUTCH," 69, of Seabrights Lane, Martins Ferry, OH died Saturday December 24, 2016. 
Butch was born in Wheeling, WV. on April 5, 1947, the son of the late Antonio and Mary J. (Scarfo) Sarratore.
Mr. Sarratore graduated from M.F. High School and furthered his education , graduated  and receiving a B.S. Degree in education from Ohio University and a Masters Degree in school Administration from Dayton University. He was a retired teacher/principal at Martins Ferry School System for 35 years of service. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Council 1421 Knights of Columbus, Democrat Central Committee of M. F., Bel. Co. Democrat Comm., Councilman of Martins Ferry, 18 years service, Honorary Member of Liberty Engine Co. #3, and Martins Ferry Volunteer Fire Dept.for 17 years.
He is survived by uncle, Ernest Marino, Martins Ferry; aunt, Rosmary Cost, Tiltonsville, OH; and numerous cousins
Friends will be received at the funeral home Tuesday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry, Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Tom Marut as the celebrant. 
Interment at Riverview  Cemetery. Martins Ferry at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Martins Ferry School System, Ayers Road, Martins Ferry, OH  43935.
Fire Dept. will hold services Tuesday at 7 p.m., followed by a wake service at 7:30.
A message from Mr. Sarratore, I would like to thank the many students that I had the privilege  to have taught and that also gave me the opportunity to be part of their lives during my teaching tenure.  May God bless everyone.

KENNETH KYLE ("KENNY'') KESZLER, 50, of Martins Ferry, OH passed away Sunday, January 1st, 2017 at his residence surrounded by family. 
Kenny was born in Wheeling, WV on July 18, 1966, son of the late Berney Ray Keszler, M.D. and Judith Carroll (Watson) Keszler, who survives him of Martins Ferry. 
He attended Martins Ferry High School and graduated with the class of 1985. He went on to serve with the United States Navy on the USS Saratoga as a Hospital Corpsman.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by four sisters: Paula Longenette-Otto, Wheeling, WV; Edwina Longenette-Mahoney, Martins Ferry, OH; Darla Longenette-Purdy, Wheeling, WV; Kassandra Keszler-Garnett, Austin, TX; and, numerous nieces and nephews. 
Friends will be received at the funeral home on Thursday, January 5, 2017 from 2:00-4:00pm and again at 6:00pm until time of service at 7:15p.m. with Rev. William O. Webster, Jr. officiating.
The Belmont Co. Veterans Association will give military honors Thursday at the funeral home at 7:00p.m. 



QUANIDA   JOYCE   ''SUZIE'' CROZIER, 59, of Windham Ohio passed away on Friday January 6, 2017. 
She was born July 11, 1957 in San Antonio, Texas to the late John and Janice (Duncan) Crozier.
She was a nursing supervisor at Hattie Larlham in Mantua for many years. Suzie loved to do crafts, photography and beadwork. She was a proud member of the Windham Church of the Nazarene.
Suzie will be remembered by her loving brothers, Johnny Crozier of Shadyside and Michael Crozier of Windham and many extended family members and friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers Ricky and Jeffery.
Local arrangements have been entrusted to Keller Funeral Home, 615 Hanover Street, Martins Ferry, OH where friends will be received on Wednesday January 11, 2017 from noon until time of service at 2 p.m. 
Interment followed in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, OH.



VIVIAN CAROL FOGARTY, 85, of Martins Ferry, OH, died Thursday, February 9th, 2017.
Vivian was born in McAndrews , KY on June 2, 1931, the daughter of the late Logan and Eva B. (Perry) Morris.
She was a retired registered nurse at East Ohio Regional Hospital  and co-owner of the former J & B Rosemont  both of Martins Ferry. She was a member of First Baptist Church also of Martins Ferry; member of the Ohio Nursing Association, Dist. 2.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James R. Fogarty.
She is survived by  two daughters, Holly D. (Bob) Matz, Bridgeport, OH; Michelle (Robert) Arnold, Winchester, KY; three grandchildren, Kimberly Billings; Christopher Minor; Justin (Sabrina)Matz; three great-grandchildren, Alivia Matz; Lanee Matz; Selena Matz; niece, Becky Clevenger; brother, Kenneth B. (Dora) Morris; numerous nieces and nephews.  
Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 6 p.m. with Pastor, Rikki Mahan officiating.
Private Interment at Holly Memorial Gardens Pleasant Grove, OH 


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