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MARJORIE RUTH WACKER, "JORIE" 71, of Martins Ferry, OH passed away Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

She was born in Martins Ferry, on September 8, 1946 she was the daughter of the late Merchant Clinton and Marjorie Ruth (Montgomery) Russell.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church Martins Ferry, OH.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Dale Wacker, Sr.

She is survived by son, Robert Dale (Susan Church) Wacker, Jr., Yorkville, OH; sister, Nancy M. Russell, Martins Ferry, OH; sister-in-law, Leticia Schunn; several nieces and nephews.  

Friends will be received at the funeral home Wednesday, September 12, 2018 from 6 until time of a memorial service at 7:30 p.m. with Pastor Tina Siroki officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Valley Hospice, 10686 St. Rt. 150, Rayland, OH 43943 or First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 585, Martins Ferry, OH 43935.

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 DONALD H. HOOD, "HOODY", 75, of Martins Ferry, OH , passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2018.

Don was born in Lansing, MI on October 25, 1942, a son of the late Maskery and Freda I (Long) Hood.

He was a retired employee of Turf Care Supply of Martins Ferry.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Richard; two brothers, James and Raymond and a grandson, Seth Hood.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann (Dennison) Hood; three sons, Todd (Monika) Hood, Wheeling, WV; Robert (Debbie) Hood, Bellaire, OH and Scott (Gina) Hood, Colerain, OH; two step daughters, Lori DelRiesgo, Columbus, OH and Nickole (Jamie) Schramm, Colerain, OH; brother, Jerry (Mary) Hood, Edgewater, FL. He is also survived by eight grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at the funeral home on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Henry Lewis officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to N.R.A. 11250 Waples Mill Road Fairfax, VA 22030.

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JANE A. WILDMAN, 71, of Martins Ferry, OH passed away Sunday, June 24, 2018 at her home with her loving husband, Terry, by her side. They would of celebrated 52 years of marriage July 16, 2018.

She was born October 10, 1946 in Bellaire, OH, the daughter of the late Albert and Emma Jane (Long) Vasek.

Jane retired in 2009 from Softite Credit Union and began her banking career in 1977 at the former Fidelity Savings and Loan in Martins Ferry. She was a past member of the M.F.V.F.D. Auxiliary Club and the M. F. Child Study Club. She was a protestant by faith.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Albert (Abbie) Vasek.

Surviving are her husband, Terry of 51 years; daughter, Taralyn (Jerry) Manukin of Brookside; son, Terry of Grove City. She has six grandchildren, Morgan, Jerry (Megan), Mackenzie Manukin and Kennedy, Parker and Avery Wildman.

Jane's wishes were for everyone to remember all the good times that each of you shared with her and hold on to those memories forever.

Friends will be received at the funeral home Friday, June 29, 2018 from 5 until time of a memorial service at 6 p.m. with Rev. William O. Webster, Jr. officiating.

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CHARLES  R.   PROBST,  SR. “CHARLIE”, 81, of Martins Ferry, OH passed peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Monday, June 25,2018, he and Shirley’s 63rd wedding anniversary.

Charlie was born on October 15, 1936 in Wheeling, WV, the second son of the late Lawrence and Laura Edna “Hamilton” Probst.

In addition to his parents, Charlie was preceded in death by his brother, Mack “Bern” Probst.

Charlie is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Shirley “Milbert” Probst; four children: Linda (Jerry) Pockl, Chuck (Karen) Probst, Cindy (Tom Henceroth) Probst and Tom (Mary Jo) Probst. All reside in Martins Ferry, Colerain area. Seven grandchildren: Alyssa Cotsamire, Jake and Connor Probst, Ashley (Jordan) Howard, Jessie Probst, Kyle and Kelsey Pockl; four great grandchildren; brother, Jim (Josie) Probst of Colerain.

Charlie was a 1954 graduate of Martins Ferry High School. He was a sports standout in baseball and football. He was inducted into the Martins Ferry Hall of Fame in 2017. He was a fan of Martins Ferry Purple Riders, Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Charlie enjoyed playing softball in his younger years and golfing and bowling until a few years ago.

He retired in 1999 from UPS after 30 years of service. He and Shirley had a fun filled relaxing retirement. They enjoyed vacationing at Myrtle Beach, Geneva on the Lake and Tennessee with family and long time friends.

Charlie was the most loving, kind, generous husband, father and grandfather a family could be blessed with. He never ask for anything for himself and was grateful for others kindnesses.

He was a faithful servant of our Lord as a member of the 1st Baptist Church of Martins Ferry having served as a past deacon and usher.

Friends will be received at the funeral home Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the funeral home Friday, June 29, 2018, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Larry Lewis officiating. Interment will follow in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, OH.

Thanks to Alternative Home Health and Valley Hospice Staff. Special thanks to caregivers, Melanie Broselow, Hilary Ramage, Missy Vargo, Sherry Zalesny, Tiffany Tedechi and Tammy Tedechi. They’ve been wonderful!

Memorial contributions may be made to 1st Baptist Church, 306 Locust Street, Martins Ferry, OH 43935.

The Martins Ferry Fire Department will hold services Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

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JERRY WALTER PIKO, 68, of Martins Ferry, OH , passed away Sunday, July 1, 2018 at his residence. 

Jerry was born in Martins Ferry, OH on October 12, 1949, a son of the late Walter and Emma (Oddis) Piko.

He was a retired truck driver for Mister Mover of Columbus, OH. He spent his life giving his all for his children and grandchildren. His two greatest loves where family and football. 

He is survived by his two daughters, Cassie (Gary) Duguay, Jackson OH and Janet Jones,Parkersburg WV; three sons, Mike (Lori) Piko, Martins Ferry, Aaron Weaver, Zanesville, OH and Chris Weaver, Columbus OH; brother, Jan (Sharon) Piko,Cleveland, OH; two sisters, Laura Hood,  and Judy Kovach, both of Columbus, OH; five granddaughters,Jeyra (Tyler) Hickman, Jackson OH;Jema Duguay, Jackson OH; Mckaylynn Weaver Groveport OH; Ayron Crie Robson and Kylie Piko; six grandsons Michael Piko, Ashville OH; Kyle Piko, Ashville OH; Dillon Piko-Duguay, Jackson OH; Dalton Piko-Duguay, Jackson OH; AJ Weaver, Columbus OH; Zack Weaver, Columbus OH, and one Great great grandson Jace Hickman, Jackson OH.

He was an extraordinary man that left his mark on this world and will forever be in the hearts of his family and friends. 

Services are private at the convenience of family.

Go Steelers!

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Jane Richards McFarland, 87, of Martins Ferry, OH, died Monday, July 16, 2018.
Jane was the daughter of the late Richard and Sylvia Hammett Richards and was married to James J. McFarland from 1965 until his death in 1992.

Jane began working as a teletypist at The Times Leader in Martins Ferry while a senior at Martins Ferry High School. She later worked in the composing room of The Intelligencer in Wheeling for more than 30 years, for a combined 49 years at the two papers.

After retirement, she became a member of First Presbyterian Church in Martins Ferry, where she enjoyed playing euchre and volunteering at the annual rummage sale and funeral luncheons.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister Jo Ann Christoffers and brother-in-law Ferman Christoffers.
She is survived by her sons J.R. McFarland of Martins Ferry and David A. McFarland and his wife Betsy Bethel-McFarland of Martins Ferry; grandson Christian David McFarland and his wife Amanda of Reynoldsburg, OH; granddaughter Emma Skye McFarland of Martins Ferry; "granddaughters" Madison and Rylee Reis and Ella Hall; beloved cousins Jane Ann Hammett, Penny Moore, Mike Hammett, Becky Arnott, Tammy Smith, Judy Beyda, Dianna Brick, Lee Ann Brick and Dean Brick, and their spouses and children; and her four-legged "babies" Isabelle and Lucy.

Jane was a generous soul who gave everything she had and then gave some more. She loved chocolate, sauerkraut and turkey stuffing (hold the turkey); the color purple; "Gone With the Wind": reading crime novels; assembling jigsaw puzzles; watching TV and working the Sunday crossword -- in pen.

Friends will be received at the funeral home  Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday, July 19, from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Holly Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 400 Walnut St., Martins Ferry, OH 43935, or the Belmont County Animal Rescue League, 45244 National Road West, St. Clairsville, OH 43950.

The deacons of the church will hold service Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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RAYMOND L. DEHNART, 80, of Martins Ferry, OH, passed away Thursday, July 26, 2018. 

He was born in Follansbee, WV on March 27, 1938, a son of the late Edwin Lee and Ruth (Porter) Dehnart.

He was a retired security guard at the Cardinal Plant of Brilliant, Ohio
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Raymond was a former Past Master of the Smithfield Masonic Lodge #182 and is now the Worshipful Master of the Ohio City Lodge #486 of Martins Ferry.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul and Clifford and a sister, Wanda Logan.

In addition to his wife, Patricia Jean (Bushilla) Dehnart, he is survived by a son, Raymond Mark (Krista) Dehnart, FL; two daughters, Penny Jo (John) Windell, GA and Lee Ann (Chris) Cleary, Martins Ferry; three brothers, Robert (Jean) Dehnart, FL, Ralph (Beth) Dehnart, OH; William (Pat) Dehnart, OH; sister, Shirley (Richard) Morgan, OH; granddaughter, Mary Jo (Mark) Roell; grandson, Matt Dehnart and five great grandchildren 

Services are private at the convenience of family. 

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WILLIAM DEXTER LONGENETTE, "WINK", 75, formerly of Martins Ferry, OH passed away Thursday, August 2, 2018 at his residence in Columbus, OH.

He was born in Martins Ferry on June 22, 1943, a son of the late John Dexter and Rose Alice (Klaker) Longenette.

He was a retired employee of the former Longenette Construction and Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, Mingo Plant.

Wink was on the Martins Ferry Purple Riders football team and played in two undefeated seasons 60 and 61. He was one of the famous "5 Tons Of Fun", which included Ted Torok, Frank Stauffer, Joe Minder, and Tiny Ward + 1 was Charles Coss, QB.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by four brothers, John, Robert, Howard and Paul; two sisters, Clara Horner and Lulu Rippentrop.

He is survived by his wife, Connie Lou (Weekly) Longenette; son, William (Lori) Longenette, II, Columbus, OH; daughter, Susan Longenette, Martins Ferry; granddaughter, Taylor E. Longenette, Columbus, OH; grandson, Anthony J. Longenette, Galloway, OH; sister, Freda Olszeski. 

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MILDRED FRANCES REESE, 85, resident of The Villas at St. Therese, formerly of Martins Ferry, OH, passed away Saturday, August 11, 2018 in Columbus, OH.

Millie was born in Martins Ferry, OH on March 19, 1933, the daughter of the late Carmen and Mary Grace (Cappuccia) DeFede.

She was a retired Bookkeeper for the City of Martins Ferry. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church also in Martins Ferry, OH.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald N. Reese; four sisters, Mary DeAngelis, Lucille Campagna, Serephina Pacifico and Josephine Vargo; three brothers, Frank, Samuel and Joseph DeFede.

She is survived by daughter, Melinda R. (James) Heitker, Westerville, OH; son, Donald J. (Janie) Reese, Paradise Valley, AZ; granddaughter, Kathleen G. (John) Sheridan; granddaughter, Sarah M.(John) Matthews; grandson, Joseph R. Heitker; grandson, Thomas J. Heitker, M.D.; granddaughter, Alexandria (Benjamin) Calacci; granddaughter, Samantha V. Reese; great-granddaughter, Madeline R. Sheridan; great-grandson, John P. Sheridan, III; great-granddaughter, Molly R. Matthews; great-grandson, Michael W. Matthews; great-grandson, Mitchell J. Matthews.  

Friends will be received at the funeral home Saturday from 9 until 11 a.m.

Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry, at Noon on Saturday, August 18, 2018, with Rev. Tom Marut as the celebrant. 

Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery Martins Ferry.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Church, 20 N. 4th Street Martins Ferry, OH 43935.

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JESSIE LOU WORTHINGTON, 79, of Martins Ferry, OH, passed away Tuesday, August 28th, 2018.

She was born in Martins Ferry, on August 15, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Charles Herman and Helen (Saunders) Armstrong.

She was employed at Attorney William L.Thomas Law Office for 18 Years. Retired from Ameritec/Ohio Bell Telephone Co after 31 years; realtor with the former Colman Realty; member of the 1st Presbyterian Church; 50 year member of the Chancel Choir; member of the Alpha Pi Sigma Sorority, Gamma Chapter. all of Martins Ferry. Jessie graduated from M. F. H. S. in 1957. 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her life long friends, Dottie Ann, Mary Louise and Jeanann.

She is survived by two daughters, Beth Lynne (Scott) Davidson and Jane Lynne (Joseph) Klug, both of Martins Ferry; four grandsons, Anthony Vespa, Martins Ferry, Jacob Klug, Martins Ferry, Daniel (Sarah) Klug, St. Clairsville and Zackary Davison, Martins Ferry; granddaughter, Jessica Katelyn Davison, Martins Ferry; two great-grandchildren, Brayden Ging and Brielle Klug.


Friends will be received at the funeral home Friday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and also Saturday, September 1, 2018 from 10 until time of service at 11 a.m., with Rev. David Stammerjohn, officiating.

Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery Martins Ferry.


The Deacons of the church will hold a service Friday at 7 p.m., followed by the Sorority at 7:30 p.m.

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SHARON  RUTH  PHILLIPS, 61, of Martins Ferry, OH, passed away Monday, September 3, 2018.

She was born in Sewickley, PA on May 2, 1957, the daughter of the late Grant Troutman and Faye (Andrews) Beck.

She is survived by her husband, Daniel Nelson Phillips; three sons, Robert,  Harold and James Hoge. She is also survived by three grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

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DONNA DARLENE FETTY, 62, of Harrisville, OH , passed away Thursday, September 20, 2018 at her residence. 

She was born in Martins Ferry, OH on April 4, 1956, a daughter of the late Henry Davie and Anna Marie (Long) Fetty.

She was employed at Wal-Mart, St. Clairsville, OH. She was a member of Assembly Of God Church of Pleasant Grove, OH.

Donna is survived by a sister, Sherry McMillan, Harrisville, OH and a niece, Debbie McMillan, of New Kensington, PA.  

Services are private at the convenience of family. 

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IRENE  DOBBS, 82, of Bridgeport, OH passed away Friday, September 21, 2018.

Her wish was no visitation or funeral service to be held.

Interment to be held at the convenience of the family.

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WILLIAM HENRY BURCH, 76, of 415 Clinton Street Martins Ferry, OH passed away Saturday, September 1st, 2018. 

Bill was born on June 19, 1942, a son of the late George and Nellie (Miller) Burch.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sister, Rose Burch and two brothers, Elmer and Johnny.

He is survived by a sister, Delores Bannan, Martins Ferry; two brothers, George Burch and Harry Burch, both of Columbus, OH; three nieces, Joni Laslo, Chris Padgelak and Lesa Deller; two nephews, Matthew Bannan and Christopher Bannan, both of Martins Ferry and a host of nieces and nephews.

Memorial visitation will be held Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m.

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ANTHONY WAYNE JAWORSKI, "BUBBLES", 75, formerly of Martins Ferry, OH passed away Thursday, October 11, 2018.  

He was born in Martins Ferry, OH on October 31, 1942, a son of the late Tony A and Ethel (Bennett) Jaworski.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Rhonda Lee (Vensel) Jaworski.

He is survived by a daughter, Susan A. Bell, Martins Ferry; son, Mark A. (Melinda) Jaworski, Flatwoods, KY; two brothers, Skeeter (Sandy) Jaworski, Bridgeport, OH and Rick Jaworski, Colerain, OH; five grandchildren, James Bell, Christopher (Tiffany), Alan, Logan (Jessica) and Katy Jaworski; great-grandson, Parker.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Keller Funeral Home, 615 Hanover Street, Martins Ferry where friends will be received Sunday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Monday, October 15, 2018 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Tom Marut officiating. 

Interment will follow at Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, Ohio.

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TILLIE ANN ZEPPOS, 91, of Martins Ferry, OH, passed away Thursday, October 11, 2018.

She was born in Martins Ferry on March 15, 1927, the daughter of the late George V. and Elizabeth (Preda) Bonchu.

She was a member of Greek Orthodox Church Of The Life-Giving Fountain of Martins Ferry.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry A. Zeppos; two brothers, Russell and Eugene Bonchu.

She is survived by two daughters, Donna J. (Neal) Chase, Wheeling, WV and Diana M. (David) Marocco, Coraopolis, PA; two grandchildren, Natalie Urban and Nicolas Marocco, great-grandson, Owen Urban.

Services are private at the convenience of family. 

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THOMAS JAMES BENICH, 61, of Martins Ferry, OH, passed away Thursday, October 18, 2018 at his residence.

He was born in Las Vegas, NV on January 30, 1957, the son of the late Edward Thomas and Patricia (Blade) Benich.

He is survived by son, Eric T. Benich, Newport, KY; daughter, Natalie Benich, New Albany, IN; son, Franklin Eugene (Jessica) Smith, Rayland, OH; grandson, Sebastian James Szombathy, New Albany, IN; son, Ryan James Lanoy and granddaughter, Kandace E. Lanoy, both of Harrisville, OH.  

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WANDA WALLING, 93, formerly of Martins Ferry, OH, passed away Monday, October 22, 2018, 

She was born in Lansing, OH on February 19, 1925, the daughter of the late Frank and Sophia (Lee) Melicki.

She was a retired librarian at Bridgeport High School, Bridgeport, OH for many years and retired in the early 90's. Before that she worked at Martins Ferry Public Library on the book mobile. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church Martins Ferry, OH.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Patrick Walling.

She is survived by daughter, Mary Beth Walling, North Huntingdon, PA; daughter, Rebecca M. (Joseph) Caldwell, Jupiter, FL; son, Patrick J. (Connie) Walling, Cincinnati, OH; daughter, Michele M. (William) Sutton, Martins Ferry, OH. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. 

Friends are invited to a Funeral Liturgy with Mass which will be celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry, OH. at 1 pm on Saturday, October 27, 2018 with Rev. Thomas Magary as the celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Martins Ferry.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Martins Ferry Public Library P. O. Box 130 Martins Ferry, OH 43935 or the March Of Dimes Foundation, Donation Processing Center, P. O. Box 673667, Marietta, GA 30006.

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Catherine E. Meeker, 94, of Lancaster, PA and formerly of Martins Ferry, OH, passed away at the UPMC Pinnacle Hospital in Lancaster on Friday, September 28, 2018 surrounded by her family. She was born in Martins Ferry to the late George and Edith (Willimott) Haag. Her husband of 38 years, David W. Meeker, died in 1989.

She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Wheeling, WV and West Liberty University, Wheeling, WV. Catherine received her teacher's certification and taught 2nd grade at the Elm School in Martins Ferry.

She had a wonderful sense of humor and was a passionate Pittsburgh Penguins fan. She also loved the Steelers and enjoyed reading, completing crossword and jigsaw puzzles, and travelling.

Surviving Catherine are her daughter, Connie E. Meeker of Lancaster, with whom she lived and her son Doug W. Meeker, husband of Sue (Young) of Charlotte Hall, MD; two grandchildren, Jennifer, wife of Andrew Anderson of Tempe, AZ and David Meeker of McLean, VA; and her sister Lois Moellendick. In addition to her husband David, Catherine was preceded in death by two sisters, Edith Klotz and Eileen Snyder.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Joseph Cathedral in Wheeling, WV on November 9, 2018 at 9:00 am., with the Rev. Msgr. Kevin Michael Quirk as the Celebrant Interment followed in Riverview Cemetery, Martins Ferry. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, One Chatham Center, Suite 480, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

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William (Bill) Tolbert of Martins Ferry, Ohio, a businessman with a keen social conscience, died Saturday, November 17, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born May 16, 1924, in Yorkville, Ohio, the son of Anthony James Jr. and Salome (Morgan) Tolbert.

 Upon graduation from Yorkville High School in 1942, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and became a decorated marine while serving in the Pacific theater during World War II. During his service he was promoted to the rank of sergeant. Upon his honorable discharge from the military, Bill returned to the Ohio Valley and launched his business career opening a corner grocery store and butcher shop on Penn Street in Martins Ferry. Bill and his wife, Angela, expanded this operation and opened two more stores including a Bridgeport location and one on Walnut Street in Martins Ferry. The Walnut Street location served as a focal point for the neighborhood for 32 years. Beginning in 1955, the couple further developed their commercial business over the next several decades opening DeLuxe Toy and Hobby, The Young World (a childrenás apparel specialty store), The Fashion Manor (an exclusive womenás clothing boutique), Steckerás Department Store and Ferry Realty. Today, Bill and Angelaás footprint can be seen as their children and grandchildren have several businesses throughout Martins Ferry. 

Through all his endeavors, Bill spent a lifetime serving charities, his community and his church, St. Maryás Catholic Church in Martins Ferry. He was named the Martins Ferry Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year. In 2010, he and Angela were inducted into the Martins Ferry Hall of Honor, and one of his proudest moments was the dedication of the gymnasium at Martins Ferry High School as the William and Angela Tolbert Gymnasium. Additionally, he was recognized by the Ohio General Assembly for his deep commitment to the Ohio Valley.

Bill is preceded in death by his loving wife, Angela (Amici) and his sister, Mary Elizabeth Voytecek. He is survived by his brother Anthony James III (Jim).

Also surviving are his four daughters Pamela Stecker (Paul), Susan Tolbert-Dunbar (Joseph), Victoria Capuano and Constance Yeso (Michael), and son William Jr. (Lisa), 12 grandchildren, Paul Stecker Jr. (Cheryl), Jennifer Gerchow (Kurt), Mark Stecker (Jennifer), Nicole Stephens (Daniel), Amanda Capuano, Susan Yeso, Melissa Yeso, Mary Yeso, Kathleen Kendall (Matthew), William Tolbert III, Angela Aquino (David), and Carolyn Tolbert, and 10 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held November 19, 2018, at Keller Funeral Home, 615 Hanover St., Martins Ferry, from 1:30-7:30 p.m.

 Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be held Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 20 N. Fourth St., Martins Ferry, with Rev. Thomas Marut  as the Celebrant. 

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Central School, 24 N. Fourth St., Martins Ferry, OH 43935.

Due to the memorial and funeral services, DeLuxe Toy and Hobby, will have altered hours on Monday, November 19, of 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesday, November 20, of 3-6:30 p.m. Also, Valley Wide Insurance hours will have altered hours on Monday, November 19, of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesday, November 20, of 3-5 p.m. 

The Belmont Co. Veterans Association will give Military Honors at St. Mary's Cemetery at 11:15 a.m.


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TERRY LEE SALEM,  "EY" KELLY 67, of  Wheeling, WV , passed away Friday, November 23, 2018.

He was born in Martins Ferry, OH on November 19, 1951, a son of the late Joseph Robert and Virginia Lee (Dorsey) Salem.

He was a retired greyhound dog trainer; former employee of Nickles Bakery and Terry worked for his brother Tom for 14 years at the Parlor Cafe in Wheeling.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Bernard, Jimmy Joe and Buddy Salem; one sister, Karen Salem; nephew, Rod Monroe.

He is survived by daughter, Rebecca Virginia Charmegne Goldberg, Moundsville, WV; sister, Jewell Monroe, Bridgeport, OH; sister, Lou Vlasach; sister, Betsy Salem; sister, Sarah Armstrong; brother, Tom Salem; brother, Roger Salem; granddaughter, Olivia Melchiori; companion, Esther Goldberg.

Friends are invited to a memorial service with a celebration of life immediately following on Friday, December 14, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Elm Grove Civic Association, 21 Sycamore Ave., Wheeling, WV

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ELEANOR  ANN  MOORE, 80, died November 20 in Nashville. She was a resident of Park Manor Independent and Assisted Living Community. Born November 10, 1938, in Martins Ferry, Ohio, to Arnold (Skeets) Moore and Ruth Wilson Moore, she was preceded in death by both parents.

She graduated from Smithfield High School, Smithfield, Ohio, in 1956 and received a Bachelor’s degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio, in 1960. She then came to Nashville to work at the Methodist Publishing House in the Department of Youth Publications, Division of Curriculum Resources, taking a leave in 1964 to earn a Master’s Degree in biblical studies from Scarritt College for Christian Workers. She returned to the publishing house in 1966 to work as an editor in the Department of Adult Publications, again taking a leave in 1984 to earn a Master’s degree in Christian education from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio (Methesco) in Delaware, Ohio. She was consecrated as a Diaconal Minister of The United Methodist Church in 1984. Upon her return to Nashville from Methesco, she capped a 43-year career at the now United Methodist Publishing House as editor of Adult Bible Studies. In this capacity she was for many years a member of the Committee on Uniform Series of the National Council of Churches of Christ USA, a body commissioned to design Christian literature used by a variety of Protestant denominations all over the world.

A memorial service will be held Friday, November 30, 2018 6:00 p.m. at Blakemore United Methodist Church, 3601 West End Ave., Nashville, TN. Visitation with the family will be held on Friday 1 hour prior to the service from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Blakemore United Methodist Church.

Interment will be held at Riverview Cemetery in Martins Ferry, Ohio.

Local arrangements have been entrusted to Keller Funeral Home.

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LAWRENCE  CHARLES  GOSSETT, 'LARRY', "LARRY", 66, of Wheeling, WV, passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at his residence.

He was born in Wheeling, WV on December 13, 1952, the son of the late Robert Charles and Mary Jo (Lally) Gossett.

Larry was the owner of Larry's Bar in Martins Ferry, OH. He also worked at Cabelaás in Triadelphia, WV.

He is survived by a sister, Mary (Birdie) R. (Paul Daniel) Gossett, of Miami, FL; aunt, Helen Gossett, Wheeling, WV; and numerous cousins.

Entombment will be held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling, WV.

 At Larry's request there will be no visitation or services.

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PAUL RICHARD BAKER, JR, "BIFF", 70, of Martins Ferry, OH, passed away Thursday, February 7, 2019. 

Paul was born in Martins Ferry on March 30, 1948, the son of the late Paul Richard and Margaret Jean (Fowler) Baker.

He was a retired rigger at the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, Mingo Jct. Plant. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserves. Paul was also one of the founders of the Ohio Valley Street Survivors Car Club

In addition to his wife, Judy Ann (Apostolec) Baker, he is survived by son, Michael P. (Alicia) Baker; daughter, Heather R. Baker; brother, Charles (Becki) Baker; four sisters, Nancy (George) Balk, Janet (Calvin) Powers, Elisha Hamilton, all of Martins Ferry and Sandi (Mickey) Timko, Bridgeport, OH; granddaughter, Addison Baker; two grandsons, Coop Baker and Mason Baker, all of Martins Ferry; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held at the funeral home Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 11 a.m. with Rev. William O. Webster, Jr. officiating.

Interment followed at Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, OH. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a Charity of Choice.

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KATHRYN ANN VENSEL, 68, of Martins Ferry, OH, passed away Wednesday, February 13, 2019. 

She was born in Martins Ferry on October 22, 1950, a daughter of the late Betty Lee (Harris) and Ned Smith who survives her of Colerain.

She was a retired Registered Nurse at Park Health St. Clairsville, OH. She was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church, of Martins Ferry.

In addition to her mother she was preceded in death by a sister, Jane Gordon.

In addition to her father and her husband, Mark Stephen Vensel, she is survived by her son, David Mark Vensel; daughter, Lisabeth Paige Vensel, both of Colerain; two brothers, Ned (Reni) Smith III, Dillonvale, OH; Robert (Barbara) Smith, Orlando, FL; sister, Judy (Lee) Conaway, Martins Ferry. She is also survived by two granddaughters and one grandson. In addition to her mother she was preceded in death by a sister, Jane Gordon.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Interment will follow at Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, OH. 

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LYNDA  S.  EMERSON, 71, of Martins Ferry, OH, passed away Monday, February 25, 2019.

She was born in Norfolk, VA on January 25, 1948,the daughter of the late Edward S. and Evelyn B. (Billups) Arnold.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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JAMES EDWARD RINKES, 54, of Martins Ferry, OH, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2019 at his residence.

Jim was born in WV on April 9, 1964, the son of the late James and Mary Ann (Edwards) Rinkes.

He worked out of the WV Labor Hall, Elm Grove, WV. He was a member of Saint John's Lutheran Church of Martins Ferry.

In addition to his wife, Candace Lee (Vetanze) Rinkes he is survived by grandson, Joshua J. Vetanze, Martins Ferry; daughter, Cassandra Vetanze; granddaughter, Payden; grandson, Kolton; granddaughter, Maggie all of St. Clairsville, OH; three sisters, Arleen Duncan; Denise Flint and Michelle Rinkes.

Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 with Rev. William O. Webster, Jr. officiating.

Interment followed in Belmont Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Clairsville, OH.

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NED RUSSELL SMITH, JR., 94, of Colerain, OH, passed away Monday, March 11, 2019. 

Ned was born in Martins Ferry, OH on August 2, 1924, a son of the late Ned Russell, Sr. and Helene Amanda (Hall) Smith.

Ned was a WWII veteran and owned his own contracting business for many years.

 In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two daughters, Jane Gordon and Kathryn Ann Vensel; three brothers and one sister.

He is survived by two sons, Ned R. (Reni) Smith III, Dillonvale, OH; Robert C. (Barbara) Smith, Orlando, FL; daughter, Judy L. (Lee) Conaway also of Martins Ferry. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildren.

Friends were received at the funeral home on Friday, March 15, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

Belmont Co. Veterans Association gave military honors Friday at 3:45 p.m.

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JOHN ALLEN WEIGAND, 67, of Martins Ferry, OH , passed away Thursday, March 21, 2019. 

John was born in Wheeling, WV on November 25, 1951, the son of the late Donald Howard and Jeanette (Semple) Weigand.

He was a retired  auto body repairman at the former Roberts Pontiac of Martins Ferry and a mentor of high school students in auto body repair.

In addition to his wife, Susanne, Sue (Sall) Weigand he is survived by a son, Ian E. Weigand and a daughter, Nicole D. (David) Dawson, both of Martins Ferry.

A memorial service will be held at a later time to be announced.

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Inece L. Ullom, 97, of Martins Ferry, OH, passed away Friday, March 22, 2019.
She was born in Wheeling, WV on April 15, 1921, a daughter of the late John P. and Ethel C. (Cales) Hores.

Inece was a retired employee of the former L.S. Good & Co. of Wheeling; a member of the First Christian Church of Martins Ferry; formerly active in the Opals Kennagers of the Ohio Valley Medical Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Forrest H. Ullom, Jr. and a sister, Vineta H. Reass.

She is survived by two sons, Robert L. Ullom, Blue Ridge, GA and James L. Ullom, Martins Ferry; daughter, Debra S. Harasuik, Martins Ferry. She is also survived by six grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.

Friends will be received Monday, March 25, 2019 from noon until time of service at 3 p.m. with William Fulton officiating.

Interment will be held in Greenwood Cemetery, Wheeling, WV at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to House of The Carpenter 200 So. Front Street, Wheeling, WV 26003.

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RUSSELL  WILLIAM  FOOSE, "BILL" 89, of Martins Ferry, OH, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2019. 

Bill was born in Wheeling, WV on April 16, 1929, a son of the late Russell Joseph and Wilma (Weimer) Foose.

He was a retired employee at Sledd Co. Wheeling, WV; Bellaire City Schools and Weimer Packing Co. He was a member of the 1st Presbyterian Church of Martins Ferry.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Daniel Foose

In addition to his wife, Linda (Edmunds) he is survived by a sister, Joyce (Robert) Avers, Pickerington. OH; several nieces and nephews. 

A private memorial service will be held at the funeral home at the convenience of the family.

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CHERI LEE MARTINI, 68, of Martins Ferry, OH, passed away Sunday, April 14, 2019.

She was born in Martins Ferry, OH on August 5, 1950, a daughter of the late William "Buck" and Dorothy June (Kinnan) Glaser.

She was a retired employee of East Ohio Regional Hospital of Martins Ferry.

 In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Kinnan.

In addition to her husband, Michael Cleve Martini she is survived by a brother, William G. Glaser, Martins Ferry and a sister, Christine Ring of Glen Robbins, OH.; numerous nieces and nephews. 

Friends will be received at the funeral home Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 2 to 4 and 6 until time of service at 7:30 p.m., with Pastor Cynthia Foster, officiating. 

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EMMA ELIZABETH DENNIS, 88, of Tiltonsville, OH , passed away Monday, April 22, 2019.

She was born in Wheeling, WV on December 21, 1930, she was the daughter of the late George and Ruth (Lytle) Miller.

She was a member of Rayland United Methodist Church, Rayland, OH.

 In addition to her parents and her husband, Norman Franklin Dennis, Sr. she was preceded in death by two brothers and four sisters.

She is survived by son, Norman F. (Debbie) Dennis, Jr., Bellaire OH; daughter, Cathy E. Pasco, Tiltonsville, OH; grandson, Jason (Robyn) Dennis, Wellington, OH; three granddaughters, Kimberly Pasco, Tiltonsville, Heather (Chad) Bruce, Holloway, OH; Emily Pasco, Tiltonsville. 

Friends will be received at the funeral home Thursday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

Funeral service will be held at the funeral home Friday April 26, 2019 at 11 a.m. with Rev.William Burris officiating.

Interment will follow at Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, OH. 

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CHARLES ARTHUR BURSEE, "CHUCK'' 59, of Martins Ferry, OH , passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Charles was born in Chicago, IL on September 25, 1959, he was the son of the late Gloria and Charles (Rosemarie) Bursee who survives him of Warwood, WV.

He was employed as a Tanker Truck Driver at Andrews Logistics out of Aliquippa, PA.

In addition to his mother, Gloria Bursee, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Jessica Marie in April of 2001.

Chucks memory will forever be cherished by those who survive; his wife of 41 years, Robin (Gibson) Bursee; daughter, Nikki (Kevin) Barker, Centerburg, OH; son, Charles M. (Kara) Bursee, Moundsville, WV; sister, Aria (Tim) Pramesa, Warwood, WV; two brothers, Brad (Renaee) Jordan, Ripley, WV; Tom (Connie) Jordan, Highland, IN; sister, Annette Thompson, Lewisburg, WV; six grandchildren, Taylor, Madison, Rilee and Jayce, Barker; Hunter and Kalina Farrell; two special little girls, Reese and Claire Sommers. 

Chuck was involved in martial arts for over 40 years. A Master Black Belt in three different system; a weapons expert; recognized nationally and internationally.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Keller Funeral Home, 615 Hanover Street, Martins Ferry where friends will be received Monday, MAY 6, 2019 from 2 until time of service at 4 p.m. with Pastor Mark Ledford officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Valley Hospice/Liza's Place 10686 
St. Rt. 150, Rayland, OH 43943

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