Obituaries for Chambers & James Funeral Home Obituary for John G. ChernenkoFormer West Virginia State Senator John G. Chernenko, 90, of Wellsburg passed away April 27, 2015. He was born April 28, 1924, the only son of the late John G. Chernenko and Sophia Dzigo Chernenko. He was preceded in death by sisters Maria Chernenko, Tillie Sliday and Anne Husick of Wellsburg and Sophia Bowman of Follansbee. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Kathryn Smith Chernenko; two sons Gary C. Chernenko and his wife Susan V. Chernenko of Charleston; Marc B. Chernenko and his wife Judge Joyce D. Chernenko of Wellsburg; daughter Janet Chernenko Mears and her husband John R. Mears of Huntington and two grandchildren John Cullen Mears and Meredith K. Mears, as well as several nieces and nephews. Following his education in the Brooke County School System, John enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943. He went ashore on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944 as a replacement assigned to a unit in the 29th Division. By July 24, 1944, he was with Company G, 120th Regiment, 30th Infantry Division in St. Lo, France where he encountered friendly fire which killed 24 American troops and 128 more were wounded. He was twice wounded on Hill 314 near Mortain, France when the 120th heroically defended its position during a counter attack ordered directly by Hitler. The regiment lost over 400 of its 740 men during the attack which lasted from August 6-12. It became known by military historians as the Lost Battalion. After recovering from his wounds in England, John returned to action in time to participate in the Battle of the Bulge. During that battle, John received another combat wound when he and a dozen men from his unit were captured by German troops and sent to Prison Camp XIII near the North Sea. On May 10 of that year, the camp was liberated by British troops and he returned to Wellsburg to await further orders. While there, President Truman ordered the bombing of Japan which ended the war. For his service, John was awarded various military honors, including, the Purple Heart with Cluster; two Bronze Stars, Presidential Unit Citation, Five Campaigns Medal; French Jubilee of Liberty Medal, POW Medal, Belgian Croix de Guerre, Combat Infantry Medal, and European Campaign Medal. He attained the rank of Technical Sergeant. At the time of his death, he was awaiting confirmation as a Knight of the Legion of Honor from the government of France. Upon returning to civilian life, John served as Chairman of the Brooke County Democratic Executive Committee, including during the 1960 Presidential campaign of John F. Kennedy. He further served his country when President Kennedy appointed him U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of West Virginia. At the time of his appointment he was the youngest Marshal in the country. In 1965, he was reappointed as Marshal by President Lyndon B. Johnson. He served in this position until 1969. He later served three terms in the West Virginia State Senate, representing the First Senatorial District from 1983-94. Among his senatorial positions were Majority Whip, Chairman of the Labor Committee and member of the Committee on Military Affairs. In addition, John served his community through public service throughout his life. He served as President of the Northern Panhandle Fellowship Home, President of the Fraternal Order of Police, President of the Independent Guard Union at Weirton Steel, Treasurer of the Brooke County Museum Commission, a member of the Weirton Steel ESOP Joint Study Committee, incorporating member of the Brooke County Veterans Memorial Foundation, board member of the Brooke County Commission on Aging and a member of the Bethany College Parents Council, among other civic and fraternal activities. John was Commander of the Ohio Valley Barbed Wire #1, which he helped charter as an organization for former POWs of all wars to bond, heal and share their experiences. John retired from Weirton Steel Corporation. He was a long time member of the Wellsburg United Methodist Church. In 2005, he was honored when both houses of the West Virginia Legislature passed a resolution, signed by Governor Joe Manchin, naming the bridge carrying WV Route 2 over Buffalo Creek at the south entrance to Wellsburg, the John G. Chernenko Bridge. He was further honored in 2009 when the Brooke County Veterans Memorial Foundation named him Brooke County Veteran of the Year. He was also honored in 2012 by the Brooke Hancock Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission with the Bernie Kazienko Public Service Award in recognition of his public service and commitment to the Upper Ohio Valley. Family and friends will be received on Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 2:00pm to 8:00pm and again on Friday, May 1, 2015 from 10:00am until time of funeral service at 11:00am at the Chambers Funeral Home, 1030 Main Street, Wellsburg, WV (304-737-3551) with Pastor Angel Adams officiating. Interment will follow at Franklin Cemetery with military honors by the West Virginia Army National Guard and the Ohio Valley Veterans Memorial Squad. You are invited to sign the online register book at the left of the page to pass along your personal message or tell a story to support the family. With Warmest Regards, Eric Fithyan and the Staff of Chambers and James Funeral Homeshttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=34b3362757Obituary for Jack Maurice Klages Sr.Jack Maurice Klages Sr., 76, of McCord’s Hill, WV, passed away at 7:14 PM on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Wheeling Hospital, Wheeling, WV. Jack was born on February 2, 1939, Sherrard, WV. He was the son of the late Clarence and Alta (Morris) Klages. Jack served in the United States Army and worked at Weirton Steel Corporation. In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by four brothers, Robert, Wayne, Kenneth “Buck” and Lloyd Sr. “Huck” Klages and a sister, Emmajean. Jack Sr. is survived by his son, Jack Klages Jr., two daughters, Lisa Black and Jennifer Donner, a brother, Earl Klages, two sisters, Carla and Nancy and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received on Monday, April 27, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 PM and again on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 from 9:00 until time of Funeral Service at 10:00 AM at the Chambers Funeral Home, 1030 Main Street, Wellsburg, WV (304) 737-3551 with Pastor Chris Figaretti from the Vineyard Church, Wheeling, officiating. Interment will follow at Kadesh Chapel Cemetery, Beech Bottom, WV. You are invited to sign the online register book at the left of the page to pass along your personal message or tell a story to support the family. With Warmest Regards, Eric Fithyan and the Staff of Chambers and James Funeral Homeshttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=8ca7362631Obituary for Margaret Evelyn (Marosi) CunninghamMargaret Evelyn (Marosi) Cunningham, 84, of Colliers, WV, passed away at 4:17 PM on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at Lifeline Hospital, Wintersville, OH. Margaret was born on March 28, 1931 in Weirton, WV. She was the daughter of the late Raymond and Margaret (Raha) Marosi. Many will remember, Margaret working as a book keeper at several places through the years including the Downtown Furniture Store, Weirton, Weirton Lumber, Treasure Island in Steubenville, OH, Downtown Kroger’s in Weirton, Baron Chevrolet, Weirton and Rich Galardi Ford, Wellsburg. She was a member of the St. Anthony Catholic Church, Follansbee, WV. Margaret was a proud mother serving on the school’s PTA where she held offices position as her kids grew up. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, attending craft shows; but most of all, being on the planning committee for the many Cove Road Reunions. Margaret was always a loving and dedicated wife, mother, and friend. She will be greatly missed. Margaret is survived by her beloved husband, Dale “Duke” Kenneth Cunningham of Colliers, WV, two loving daughters, Linda Cunningham and her husband, Bob Fulton of Indiana, PA and Cynthia Ferguson and her companion, Carl Chambers, three caring grandchildren, Abby Marie, Rachel Ann, and Lori Dawn Ferguson all of Pittsburgh, PA, a brother, Raymond Marosi of Weirton, WV, a dear friend, Becky Cantor of Colliers, WV, and numerous nieces and nephews who loved Aunt Maggie dearly. Family and friends will be received on Tuesday, April 28, 2105 from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 PM with Vigil at 7:00 PM at the James Funeral Home, 1245 Main Street, Follansbee, WV (304) 527-1717, where the funeral will commence on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 9:30 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 10:00 AM at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 1017 Jefferson Street, Follansbee, WV, with Msgr. Paul Hudock, officiating. Interment will follow at St. John Cemetery, Colliers, WV. You are invited to sign the online register book at the left of the page to pass along your personal message or tell a story to support the family. With Warmest Regards, Eric Fithyan and the Staff of Chambers and James Funeral Homeshttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=6937362663Obituary for William Marshall TaylorWilliam M. Taylor, 88, of Wellsburg, WV, passed away at 8:56 AM on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at his residence under the care of his family, Brooke County Senior Center and Amedisys Hospice. William was born on August 24, 1926 in Wellsburg, WV. He was the son of the late Hallie G. and Clara Wilda (Forbes) Taylor. William served proudly in the United States Navy in the Seabees as a 2nd Class Seaman in World War II. He received numerous medals including the victory medal of WWII and the Asiatic-Pacific Medal. William was a graduate of Wellsburg High School. He retired from Weirton Steel Corp as a Roller in #9 Tandem. William was an active member of Wellsburg Christian Church where he served as a Choir member, Deacon, Elder, Chairman of the Board, and a Trustee. In addition to his parents, William was preceded in death by his sister, Gladys Mechling, two brothers, Howard Foster and Calvin G. Taylor, a son-in-law, Bill Taylor, and two nephews, Tom Mechling and Michael Cipoletti. William is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Audrey (Wolfe) Taylor of Wellsburg, WV, five children, Esther Taylor, Larry and his wife Toni, and Lou Ann and her husband Jim Dawson, all of Wellsburg, WV, Clara and her husband Ted Zatta of Avella, PA, and Bertha Guio of Alpharetta, GA. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Jeff, Dean, and Jim Taylor, Laura Matteson, Audra Hansen, Marie Kosut, Matthew and Shannon Taylor, CJ Gottardi, Adam and Gabriel Guio, 12 great grandchildren, two sisters-in-law, Esther Wolfe and Ruth Rossi, both of Warwood, WV and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received on Friday, April 24, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 PM and again on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 9:00 until time of Service at 10:00 AM at the Chambers Funeral Home, 1030 Main Street, Wellsburg, WV (304) 737-3551, with Pastor Aaron Miller, officiating. Interment will follow with Military Honors at Short Creek Cemetery, Wheeling, WV with the United States Navy and the Ohio Valley Veterans Memorial Squad. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in William’s name to the Wellsburg Christian Church, 1001 Charles Street, Wellsburg, WV 26070. You are invited to sign the online register book at the left of the page to pass along your personal message or tell a story to support the family. With Warmest Regards, Eric Fithyan and the Staff of Chambers and James Funeral Homeshttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=e105362345Obituary for James "Jim" William BrooksJames "Jim" William Brooks, 67, of Follansbee, WV, passed away at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2015, at his residence under the care of his family and Valley Hospice. Jim was born on May 18, 1947 in Wheeling Hospital, Wheeling, WV. He was the son of the late James Gemmell and Goldie Mae (James) Brooks. Jim served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War as a SP4. He received numerous medals including the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service and Campaign Medals and the Marksman M-14. Jim retired after 38 years of service to Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel. He will be remembered for his volunteer service to the Follansbee Senior Center; but most of all, as the No. 1 Fan of the Buffalo Bills. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Carol (Kocher) Brooks; two caring children, Lewis Brooks and his wife, Nancy and Cheryl Freshwater and her husband, Scott; two cherished grandchildren, Summer Shepherd and Allie Freshwater; a great- grandson, Phoenix Shepherd, all of Follansbee, WV; a devoted sister, Gloria Bowman and her husband, Joseph of Wellsburg, WV and also nieces and nephews. A private veteran's interment will be held at Highland Hills Memorial Gardens, Follansbee, WV. Veteran's arrangements are under the honor and care of the James Funeral Home, 1245 Main Street, Follansbee, WV (304) 527-1717. You are invited to sign the online register book at the left of the page to pass along your personal message or tell a story to support the family. With Warmest Regards, Eric Fithyan and the Staff of Chambers and James Funeral Homeshttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=850d362009Obituary for Patsy "Pat" Clyde ToberPatsy "Pat" Clyde Tober, 73, of Windsor Heights, passed away at 5:33 a.m. on Friday, April 10, 2015 at Wheeling Medical Park, Wheeling, WV. Pat was born on October 8, 1941 in Rymersburg, PA. He was the son of Dorothy (Fennell) Tober of Windsor Heights and the late Frank Tober. Pat was a retired coal miner, a member of the UMWA and of the Windsor Heights Church of God. Pat enjoyed camping, tinkering in the garage, having fun and spending time with his family. Pat was always willing to help a stranger. He was a great man and father. Pat will be missed by many. He loved each and every one of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to his father, Pat was preceded in death by his sister, Carol Rogers, and a brother, Gary Tober. In addition to his mother, Pat is survived by his loving wife, Patricia (Williamson) Tober, six dedicated children, Patrick Tober, Billy and Kathy Max, all of Windsor Heights, WV, Patty and Kevin Page of Las Vegas, NV, Holly and Bill Cline of Ladson, SC, Kelly Tober and Vicky and Bobby Ward, all of Windsor Heights, WV, 14 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, two sisters, Kathy Hundagen of Windsor Heights, WV and Karen & Ronnie Rupert of West Liberty, WV, a brother, Jeff and Vickie Tober, a sister-in-law, Karen Tober, all of Windsor Heights, WV, and several nieces and nephews. According to Pat's wishes, he will be cremated under the direction and care of the Chambers Funeral Home, Wellsburg, WV 304-737-3551. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to the Windsor Heights Church of God's Necessities Pantry. You are invited to sign the online register book at the left of the page to pass along your personal message or tell a story to support the family. With Warmest Regards, Eric Fithyan and the Staff of Chambers and James Funeral Homeshttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=36f4361433Obituary for Maryann (Wargo) KokosMaryann (Wargo) Kokos, 73, of Follansbee, WV, passed away at 11:30 PM on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Trinity Medical Center West, Steubenville, OH. Maryann was born on May 17, 1941 in Follansbee, WV. She was the daughter of the late George & Helen (Tender) Wargo. Maryann was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Follansbee, WV. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, and pets, but most of all, her children and grandchildren. Many will remember, Maryann for making sure every detail in life surrounded her family. In addition to her parents, Maryann was preceded in death by her husband, George Washington Jencko Kokos. Maryann is survived by her five children, George G. Kokos of Follansbee, WV, Cindy (Carl) Lucas of Steubenville, OH, Tina Carbasho of Steubenville, OH, Shawn Kokos of Follansbee, WV, and Kristal (Greg) Singleton of Mingo Junction, OH, five grandchildren, George G. (Martha) Kokos Jr., Sharilyn (Joe) Rocco, Kirk Furioli, Francis Carbasho, Gregory Singleton and Carrie Lucas, five great grandchildren, George G. Kokos III, Lyric Kokos, Joey Rocco, Antonio Carbasho, and Dalton Carbasho, a sister, Helen Lamone of Columbus, OH and a niece, Lori (Herald) Brown, of Columbus, OH. Family and friends will be received on Monday, April 13, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 PM at the James Funeral Home, 1245 Main Street, Follansbee, WV (304) 527-1717, where funeral will commence on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 9:30 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 10:00 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 1017 Jefferson Street, Follansbee, WV, with Father Tony Thurston, celebrating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Follansbee, WV. You are invited to sign the online register book at the left of the page to pass along your personal message or tell a story to support the family. With Warmest Regards, Eric Fithyan and the Staff of Chambers and James Funeral Homeshttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=f8f5361335Obituary for Charles WelshCharles Welsh, 93, of Follansbee, WV, passed away at 8:55 PM on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Trinity Medical Center West, Steubenville, OH. Charles was born on February 1, 1922 in Somerset, PA. He was the son of the late George and Catherine (Schrock) Welsh. Charles served in the United States Army under the division of the Army Air Force during WWII. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Follansbee, WV. Charles worked in the Colliers Steel Company for 46 years in the Shipping and Trucking divisions. He enjoyed playing with his dog, Cocco. Charles married Frances (Puskarich) Welsh on August 14, 1943. In addition to his parents, Charles is preceded in death by his granddaughter, Christy Johnson Riccelli, two brothers, Michael and Edward Welsh, two sisters, Mary Pekarscik and Anne Crabb. Charles is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Frances (Puskarich) Welsh of Follansbee, WV, three children, Daniel and his wife Pam Welsh of Follansbee, WV, Sandy and her husband, Dave Johnson of Colliers, WV, and Donna and her husband, Bob Hall of Follansbee, WV, five grandchildren, David Johnson of Livonia, MI, Michael (Cheri) Hall of Follansbee, WV, Amy (Jack) Shaffer of Wellsburg, WV, Brian (Carri) Welsh of Follansbee, WV, and Adam (Olivia) Welsh of Somerset, PA, six great grandchildren, Ainsley, Colton, Jake, Jena, Onna, and Adalynne, a sister, Catherine Gaudio of Wheeling, WV, and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received on Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015 from 4:00-7:00 PM with Vigil Service at 4:00 PM at the James Funeral Home, 1245 Main Street, Follansbee, WV (304) 527-1717, where funeral will commence on Monday, March 30, 2015 at 9:30 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, March 30, 2015 at 10:00 AM at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 1017 Jefferson Street, Follansbee, WV with Msgr. Paul Hudock, presiding. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Follansbee, with Military Honors by the United States Air Force and the Ohio Valley Memorial Squad. Family would like to extend a special thank you to the dedicated staff of Sienna Woods for their kindness in care that they showed to Charles. You are invited to sign the online register book at the left of the page to pass along your personal message or tell a story to support the family. With Warmest Regards, Eric Fithyan and the Staff of Chambers and James Funeral Homeshttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=41d6360082Obituary for Clifton Daniel "Dan" ReintzelClifton Daniel “Dan” Reintzel Sr., 53, of Follansbee, WV, passed away on Friday, March 13, 2015 at Weirton Medical Center, WV. Dan was born on October 22, 1961 in Washington, DC. He was the son of the late Clifton Harding “Sonny” Jr. and Dorothy (Bettis) Reintzel. Dan served proudly as Private First Class in the United States Army during peacetime. He received the Army Service Ribbon, Good Conduct, Expert Badge for rifles, and 1st Class Badge for grenades. Dan worked at Samcross Machine Company as an operator. He was a member of the Belmont County Amateur Radio Club. Many will remember Dan for his love of animals, being a true artist with tattoos and other projects, and having a sense of humor and wit, but most of all, for his love and devotion to his family. Dan is survived by his dedicated wife, Raynell “Sugar” (Tredway) Reintzel of Follansbee, WV, a daughter, Elizabeth Kendall and her husband, Rae, a son, Clifton Daniel Reintzel Jr. and his wife Amy, all of Martins Ferry, OH, his best friend and companion, Cruiser the Cat, several aunts, uncles, and cousins in Luray, VA and many friends. Family and friends will be received on Friday, March 27, 2015 from 12 Noon until time of Funeral Service 1:00 PM at the Chambers Funeral Home, 1030 Main Street, Wellsburg, WV (304) 737-3551, with Funeral Celebrant, Eric Fithyan, presiding with an American Flag line by the WV Patriot Guard and Military Honors by the WV Army National Guard and the Ohio Valley Veterans Memorial Squad. Following the services, Dan will be cremated. You are invited to sign the online register book at the left of the page to pass along your personal message or tell a story to support the family. With Warmest Regards, Eric Fithyan and the Staff of Chambers and James Funeral Homeshttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=ff56359935Obituary for Thomas Paul Morris Sr.Thomas Paul Morris Sr., 59, of Follansbee, WV, passed away 8:30 AM on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Weirton Medical Center, Weirton, WV. Thomas was born on October 15, 1955 in Clarksburg, WV. He was the son of the late Abraham and Ruth (Heater) Morris. Thomas was a Christian by faith. He worked at the Steubenville Trucking Center in the Maintenance Dept. Many will remember Thomas for being a true Dallas Cowboy Fan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Sarah Lowe, and two brothers, Abraham Jr. and Joey Morris. Thomas is survived by his loving wife, Ginger (Garrison) Morris of Follansbee, WV, five children, Deven, Preston and Brittany Morris, reside at home, Angelia “Angie” (Will) Poplowski and Thomas Jr. (Toni) Morris, all of Steubenville, OH, seven grandchildren, three sisters, Evelyn Higgins of Mingo Junction, OH, Alice Watson of Wallace, WV , and Dorothy McCarthy of Lumberport, WV, three brothers, Samuel and James Morris of Mingo Junction, OH, and John Morris of Wintersville, OH and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 from 7:00 until time of Funeral Service at 8:00 PM at James Funeral Home, 1245 Main Street, Follansbee, WV (304)527-1717 with Pastor Larry Garrison, Officiating. Following the service, Thomas will be cremated and taken home with his loving family. You are invited to sign the online register book at the left of the page to pass along your personal message or tell a story to support the family. With Warmest Regards, Eric Fithyan and the Staff of Chambers and James Funeral Homeshttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=36f4358507