Obituaries for Chambers & James Funeral Home Obituary for Drucilla Mae (West) BlankenshipDrucilla Mae (West) Blankenship, 64, of Follansbee, WV, passed away 10:45 AM on Monday, January 19, 2015 at her residence. Drucilla was born on September 21, 1950 in Fairmont, WV. She was the daughter of the late Marion West and Betty (Hickman) West Satterfield. Drucilla worked as a registered nurse with Kindred Hospital and VA Hospital. Many will remember her for her care for her daughter and helping others as a nurse. In addition to her parents, Drucilla was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Paul Curry. Drucilla is survived by her devoted and loving daughter, Tammy Curry and her boyfriend, Jeff Six of Follansbee, WV, two sisters, Dora Smith of Core, WV and Doris Jean (Richard) Bartholow of Colliers, WV, a brother, David West of Morgantown, WV, four nephews, William, Michael, and James Smith and Jason West, three nieces, Carolee Lancaster, Melissa Gaskins, and Annette McGee, and a former husband, Robert Kerns of Rivesville, WV. Family and friends will be received on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 4:00 until time of Funeral Service at 7:00 PM at the James Funeral Home, 1245 Main Street, Follansbee, WV (304) 527-1717 with family friend, Pastor Barbara Hays, officiating. Following the service, Drucilla 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=1bb1354231Obituary for A. Mary (Iannucci) CompagnaA. Mary (Iannucci) Compagna, 90, of Follansbee, WV, passed away at 10:15 AM on Monday, January 19, 2015 at her residence. Mary was born on October 26, 1924 to Italian Immigrants, Angelo and Natalie (Fadione) Iannucci. Mary married the late John Compagna in June 26, 1942 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Mary was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Follansbee, WV. She loved to bowling, square dancing, camping in their camper, playing cards and board games with her family. Mary especially loved to cook. She also enjoyed the more people that came for dinner. Mary even managed to crochet afghans for most of her dear family. Mary had a long and wonderful life spending time with her family, which she had pride and joy in each one of them. She especially loved the Christmas Holidays where the family always got together for the traditional “Chinese” gift exchange which always brought fun and laughter to all who came for dinner. Mary had a wonderful life! In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, John Compagna, who passed away 30 years ago. Mary is survived by her two daughters, Johnnie Marie Compagna Verner of Follansbee, WV and Margaret “Peggy” Ann Compagna Puzzuole and her husband, Pat of Texas, while only having two daughters, Mary was blessed with 13 grandchildren, Kriss Pino, Kelly (Pino) Foglio, Natalie (Verner) D’Arpino, Andrea (Bruzda) Bednar, Amie (Bruzda) Aller, John Bruzda, Lisa (Puzzuole) Schuler, Lori (Puzzuole) Fergus, P.J. Puzzuole, Michael Puzzuole, Denise (Verner) Flowers, Michael Verner, Michelle (Verner) Marino, 25 great grandchildren, Joshua, Aaron, and Caleb Foglio, Jacob, Joseph, Johnny Pino, Grace and Hope D’Arpino, Bailey Bednar, Emily Aller, Isabella, Owen, and Giselle Bruzda, Faith Furgus, Brandon Schuler, Ashlyn and Maddox Puzzuole, Zachary, Nathan, and Chris Verner, Mark and Steven Flowers, Daniel, Joel and Mariah Marino, seven great great grandchildren, Chase and Addison Verner, (Triplets) Cooper, Savannah and Harlee Verner, Camden Flowers, and Dante Marino. Family and friend will be received on Friday, January 23, 2015 from 6:00-9:00 PM with Vigil Service at 8:00 PM at the James Funeral Home, 1245 Main Street, Follansbee, WV (304) 527-1717, where funeral will commence on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 1017 Jefferson Street, Follansbee, WV, with Msgr. Paul Hudock, 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=816e354271Obituary for Doris Eileen (Summers) BonieyDoris Eileen (Summers) Boniey, 80, of Follansbee, WV, passed away 11:22 PM on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at Weirton Medical Center, Weirton, WV. Eileen was born on June 5, 1934 in Martins Ferry, OH. She was the daughter of late Charles “Ted” and Margaret (Eden) Summers. Eileen was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Follansbee, where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society. She worked at St. Anthony Catholic School, Convenient Food Market in the Deli, Rowing’s Restaurant, which was a family business. Many will remember Eileen for her love of family and being a devoted and loving mother. In addition to her parents, Eileen was preceded in death by her husband, August “Tino” Boniey, a brother, Charles Summers. Eileen is survived by her three children, Margaret Ann Boyce and her husband, Mark of Central City, PA, Jim Boniey and his companion, Heather Karovic of Follansbee, WV and Tina Tiberio and her husband, Mark of Wintersville, OH, three grandchildren, Danielle Conlon and her husband, Chris, Dana Lounder and her husband, Joe, and Mark Tiberio, two sisters, Martha Birkhimer of Weirton, WV and Evelyn “Kay” Kemp of Colliers, WV and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received Tuesday, January 20, 2015, from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00, with a vigil service at 7:00 PM, at the James Funeral Home, 1245 Main Street, Follansbee, WV (304) 527-1717, where funeral will commence on Wednesday, January, 21, 2015 at 9:00 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, January 21, 2015at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 1017 Jefferson Street, Follansbee, WV with Msgr. Paul Hudock, 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=a921354028Obituary for Mary "Bonnie" Bonver (Hood) DowdenMary “Bonnie” Bonver (Hood) Dowden, 72, of Wellsburg, WV, passed away at 12:30 AM on Friday, January 16, 2015 at Valley Hospice Care Center North, Steubenville, OH. Bonnie was born on March 24, 1942 in Wellsburg, WV. She was the daughter of the late Albert and Lula (Tush) Hood. Bonnie was Baptist by denomination of faith. She was a graduate of Wellsburg High School and worked as the first lady foreman for Eagle Manufacturing, Wellsburg, WV. Many will remember Bonnie for her smile and her love and care for the family and the neighbor. In addition to her parents Bonnie was preceded in death by her four brothers, Donald and Albert Hood and John and James Morris, four sisters, Margie Hood, Geraldine Barnhart, Laurel Surino, and Sarah Davis. Bonnie is survived by her loving son, Vernon Dowden and his fiancée, Bridget Long of Wellsburg, WV, two cherished grandchildren, Christina Dowden of Wintersville, OH and Timothy Dowden of Wellsburg, WV, an adorable great granddaughter, Bailey Dowden of Wellsburg, three special children, Richie, David, and Tanner, six sisters, Pauline Bolen, Helen Yost, Beulah (Larry) McGowan, Rose Dillie, all of Wellsburg, WV, Demaris Daugherty of West Alexander, PA and Donna (Sherrill) Schoolcraft of Wellsburg, WV and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received on Sunday, January 18, 2015 from 6:00-9:00 PM and again from 10:00 until time of Funeral Service at 11:00 AM on Monday, January 19, 2015 at the Chambers Funeral Home, 1030 Main Street, Wellsburg, WV (304) 737-3551, with her friend and neighbor, Bishop George Wilson of Mt. Zion Apostolic Church, Follansbee, WV. Follow the service, Bonnie will be cremated and taken home to be with her 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=f491353856Obituary for Gerald E. "Peck" Blakley Sr.Gerald E. “Peck” Blakley Sr., 98, of Follansbee, WV, passed away at 11:15 PM on Friday, January 16, 2015, at the Carriage Inn, Steubenville, OH. A life long resident of Follansbee, WV, Peck was born on March 3, 1916. He was the son of the late William and Aileen (Poteet) Blakley. Peck served in WWII in the Second Infantry Division of the United States Army. He landed in Normandy on July 1, 1944 with the second wave of Allied Forces. Peck participated in the Battle of the Bulge in Dec. of 1944 in the Ardennes Forest and concluded his service in Czechoslavakia, when victory was declared in Europe in May 1945. He received the Good Conduct Medal and Distinguished Unit Badge. Peck was a member of the Follansbee Presbyterian Church, American Legion and the Cedar Lodge. The Follansbee Community Days honored Peck in 2012 as the parade Grand Marshall. He was an avid golfer and former member of Pleasant Valley Country Club, Weirton, WV and Highland Springs Golf Course, Wellsburg, WV, where he enjoyed many days playing the game he loved with his dear friends. He followed the Mountaineers throughout his life. In addition to his parents, Peck was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Emmeline, a grandson, Mark C. Blakley, step father John Kasarda, and his brother, Calvin. Peck is survived by his two sons, Gerald E. Blakley Jr. and his wife Cheryl of Shelby Twp, Michigan and John C. Blakley and his wife, Angela of Tampa, FL, four grandchildren, Jeffrey R., Timothy, and Amanda Blakley and Bradley J. Chandler, four great grandchildren, William, Ryan, and Ethan Blakley and Kaden Chandler and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received on Monday, January 19, 2015 from 5:00-8:00 PM and again on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 from 9:00 until time of Funeral Service at 10:00 AM at the James Funeral Home, 1245 Main Street, Follansbee, WV (304) 527-1717 with Reverend Frank Haas, officiating. Interment will follow with Military Honors by the WV Army National Guard, Ohio Valley Veterans Memorial Squad and led by WV Patriot Guard at Oak Grove Cemetery, Follansbee, WV next to his wife. 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=ce9d353929Obituary for Reverend Father Cesidio J. FedericoReverend Father Cesidio J. "Jack" Federico, of Weirton, WV, passed away at 5:45 PM on January 16, 2015 surrounded by family praying the Rosary, at the Weirton Medical Center, following an extended illness. Father Jack was born in Follansbee, WV, on April 28, 1931, a son of the late Anthony and Philomena (D’Aurora) Federico Casarcia. He attended Mahan Public School and St. Anthony Elementary School, graduating from Steubenville Catholic Central High School in 1949. In high school he was a member of the football, baseball and track teams. Always very sports oriented, he was an avid handball player. He was employed by the Bazley-Junedale Meats, Chicago, working in managerial positions in Ohio and western Pennsylvania until 1954. Resigning that position, he enrolled in Loyola University taking specialized classes preparatory to entering Minor Seminary, St. Charles, Catonsville, MD. Two years later in 1956, he entered the School of Philosophy at St. Mary’s University on Paca Street, in Baltimore. He completed his college courses in 1958 and entered St. Mary’s Theological Seminary, Roland Park, Baltimore. After four years of study at the seminary he was ordained on May 26, 1962 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Wheeling, WV. Following ordination, Father served as Associate Pastor at Corpus Christi Catholic Parish in Warwood, a part of Wheeling. Two years later he was reassigned to St. Paul’s Catholic Parish in Weirton, where he was associate pastor to a congregation of some 900 families. He was assigned to the first full pastorate in 1966, serving two churches-Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Sistersville and St. John Catholic Church in St. Mary’s. In 1969, the bishop called him to serve the people at the Blessed Trinity Catholic Church on Wheeling Island. He ministered to the people of the island parish for six years before being assigned to Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Huntington. During his 13 years at the Huntington church, with the cooperation of the people, the grade school was enlarged, a 300-seat gymnasium constructed, and a parish hall social center, with a capacity for 350 people was completed. While at Huntington, Father Federico served as Catholic chaplain to the Huntington State Hospital, chaplain to the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, and chaplain to the Catholic Daughters of America. He also served as dean of the Huntington Deanery. The church had a congregation of some 700 families, with a parish grade school- kindergarten through eighth - and St. Joseph’s High School, which he served in an administrative capacity. He was also president of the school board for several years. He was at the Hunting church nearly 14 years. Following a brief tenure at St. Michael Parish in Vienna, in June 1989, the Most Reverend Bernard W. Schmitt, D.D., called Father Federico to Clarksburg, WV to assume the duties of Pastor at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where he remained until a serious illness forced him to retire in December 2007. Upon recovering from his illness, Father Federico continued to celebrate the Sacraments at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Weirton. Along with his pastoral duties at Immaculate Conception Church, Father Federico served as State Chaplain to the Catholic Daughters of the Americas; he was a member of the Fourth Degree, Knights of Columbus, the Clarksburg Columbian Club, the Y.M.C.A., the Theta Chi Alpha Fraternity, Beta Chapter of Follansbee, WV, the Catholic Golden Age Club (C.G.A.), the International Walt Disney Mickey Mouse Club and the A.A.R.P. Father Federico noted that pastoral duties were virtually the same in all parishes, providing for spiritual growth and administering the sacraments to the Catholic community. In addition to handball, Father Jack enjoyed music, reading, boating, fishing, and traveling. He made one trip to Italy several years ago, and would have traveled abroad more, if circumstances had permitted. In his retirement years, Father Federico enjoyed serving and praying for others as he attended an assisted on funerals of his neighbors and friends at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Follansbee, WV. In addition to his parents, Father Federico was preceded in death by his step-father, Guy R. Casarcia and his dog, Rocky Marsciano II. Father Jack is survived by his beloved sister, Josephine L. (Federico) Paul, with whom he made his home over the last several years, resides in Weirton, WV, three nephews, James Joseph (Anne) Paul of Greensburg, PA, Ron (Mina) Paul of Steubenville, OH, and Chris (Cynthia) Paul of Weirton, WV, a niece, Jeannie (Phil) Huffner of Wheeling, WV; as well as a host of family, friends and parishioners. Father Federico will lie in state at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 126 East Pike Street, Clarksburg, on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 from 12:00 Noon to 8:00 p.m., with a prayer vigil at 7:00 p.m. He will then be taken to St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 229 California Avenue, Weirton, WV, Wednesday, where a reception of the body will be received at 12:00 Noon followed by visitation til 6:00 PM, with a vigil service at 5:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph the Worker Parish on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. with the Most Reverend Bishop Michael J. Bransfield as Celebrant. (Everyone please meet at the Church) Interment will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Follansbee, West Virginia. In lieu of flowers, Father Federico requested Masses to be said for the repose of his soul at your local parish. Arrangements are under the solemn honor and care of the James Funeral Home, 1245 Main Street, Follansbee, WV (304) 527-1717 with assistance in Clarksburg by his friends at Amos Carvelli Funeral Home. 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=1c17353972Obituary for Julia L. (Boyce) MillsJulia L. (Boyce) Mills, 93, of Colliers, WV passed away at 11:50 PM on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at Weirton Geriatric Center, Weirton, WV. Julia was born on April 9, 1921 in Springfield, OH. She was the daughter of the late Felix and Mattie (Taylor) Boyce. Julia was a faithful member of the Hooverson Heights Church of the Nazarene. She was a retired school teacher from the former Cove Grade School. Julia worked in Tin Mill at Weirton Steel during the war. In addition to her parents, Julia was preceded in death by her husband, Reverend Wallace Mills, a daughter, Betty Ruth Mills, three brothers, Edward, Mason, Preston Boyce, two sisters, Lenora Graf and Violet Wiegmann. Julia is survived by three children, Ritchie W. (Thelma) Mills of Weirton, WV, Nelson B. (Sherry) Mills of King George, VA and Brenda Jewel (Kenneth) Luedke of Green Bay, WI, seven grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, a sister, Ruth Falter of Weirton, WV and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received on Friday, January 16, 2015 from 6:00-9:00 PM and again on Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 9:00 until time of Funeral Service at 10:00 AM at the James Funeral Home, Follansbee, WV (304) 527-1717 with her pastor, Reverend Harry Knight and friend, Chaplain Ron Rice, officiating. Interment will be private 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=9494353635Obituary for Virginia L. (Lewis) GongolaVirginia L. (Lewis) Gongola, 96, of Wellsburg, WV, passed away at 4:10 PM on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at Weirton Medical Center, Weirton, WV. Virginia was born on September 7, 1918 in Wellsburg, WV. She was the daughter of the late Allen Judge and Mary (Bucey) Lewis. Virginia was a member of the Wellsburg Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday School. She worked in the sales department at Eagle Manufacturing. In addition to her parents, Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred J. Gongola, two brothers, Frederick and Clarence Lewis and companion, Bill Neidengard. Virginia is survived by her three step children, Christine J. Iverson and her fiancé, Les Boyd of Follansbee, WV, Frederick Gongola and his wife, Margaret of Atlanta, GA, and Kenneth Gongola and his wife, Janet of Cranberry Twp., PA, five grandchildren, three great grandchildren, two brothers, Earl and Juddson “Spank” Lewis of Williamstown, WV, a sister Pamela Kiggans of Sarasota, FL and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received on Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 11AM until time of Funeral Service at 1:00 PM at the Chambers Funeral Home, 1030 Main Street, Wellsburg, WV (304) 737-3551, with Reverend Mary Jane Knapp and Pastor Frank Haas, officiating. Following the Service, Virginia will be cremated and interred at Franklin Cemetery, Wellsburg, 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=f4e6353669Obituary for Blanche (Checca) DiPietroBlanche (Checca) DiPietro, 88, of Follansbee, WV passed away at 5:51 PM on Monday, January 12, 2015 at her home under the care of Valley Hospice. Blanche was born on August 10, 1926 in Follansbee, WV. She was the daughter of Ralph and Lucia “Lucy” (D’Alesio) Checca. Blanche was a faithful member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Follansbee, WV, where she served on the Altar Rosary Society. In addition to her parents, Blanche was preceded in death by her husband, Henry G. DiPietro and a sister, Ann Cipriani. Blanche is survived by her two loving children, JoAnn (Charles) Petrilla of Washington, PA and Henry Joseph (Melissa) DiPietro of Huntsville, AL, three grandchildren, Jennifer Petrilla of Washington, PA, and Jacob and Lucas DiPietro of Huntsville, AL, three sisters, Lisa (Glenn) Andriano, Antoinette (John) Panza, and Josephine Checca, all of Follansbee, WV, and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 8:30-9:30 AM at the James Funeral Home, 1245 Main Street, Follansbee, WV (304) 527-1717. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 1017 Jefferson Street, Follansbee, WV with Msgr. Paul Hudock, presiding. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Follansbee, WV, next to her dear husband, Henry. Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 1017 Jefferson Street, Follansbee, WV 26037. 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=0b7d353447Obituary for Peter William Martin Jr.Peter W. Martin Jr., 78, of Colliers, WV, passed away at 9:40 AM on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at UMPC-Presbyterian, Pittsburgh, PA. Pete was born on July 9, 1936 in Colliers, WV. He was the son of the late Peter William Sr. and Violet Jane (Carbasho) Martin. Pete was a graduate of Follansbee High School. He was a member of Olde St. John’s Episcopal Church, Colliers, WV and the International Union of Operating Engineers AFL-CIO Local 132. Pete worked as an operating engineer with Murphy Construction and then with his brother-in-law, Michael Swartz Construction in Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel. He was a skilled and avid softball player and golfed with friends; but most of all, enjoyed and loved his family. In addition to parents, Pete was preceded in death by his brother, Charles David Martin. Pete is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Ann (Swartz) Martin of Colliers, WV, three children, Peter M. (Lynn) Martin of Colliers, WV, Diane (Bill) Watt of Hilton Head, SC, and Greg Martin and his fiancée, Jolinda Clapp of Weirton, WV, four grandchildren, Melanie (David) Wilharm, Casey Martin, and Joshua and Ella Clapp, three great grandchildren, Grant, Reed and Juliana Wilharm, a sister, Joan Martin of Follansbee, WV and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 PM and again on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 10:00 AM until time of Funeral Service at 11:00 AM at James Funeral Home, Follansbee, WV (304) 527-1717 with Reverend Gene Sheppard, 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=9223353221