Obituaries for Chambers & James Funeral Home Obituary for Kathryn Smith ChernenkoKathryn Smith Chernenko passed away July 28, 2015 in Wellsburg. She was born March 1, 1923 in Rea, PA, daughter of Joseph and Anna Smith. She shared 65 years of marriage with the late West Virginia State Senator John G. Chernenko, who died in April. She was preceded in death by her brothers William C. Smith of Morgantown and Joseph Smith who died as a child. Known to her friends as Kay, she was an honors graduate of Wellsburg High School and worked as a bookkeeper as a young woman. She later worked as a Deputy for the Brooke County Clerk and in the Brooke County Assessor’s Office. Kay was politically active her entire life and had the honor of hosting a tea reception for Future First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy at her home during the 1960 presidential election campaign. Nearly 200 women attended the event which was highlighted by an unannounced visit by the candidate himself near the end of the day. With her husband, she attended and participated in many major political events during her lifetime, including inaugural ceremonies in both Washington and Charleston and national Democratic nominating conventions. She and Senator Chernenko also represented the West Virginia State Legislature at two National Legislative Conferences. In 1978 Governor John D. Rockefeller IV appointed her a member of the West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine, a position she held until 2002. A long time member of the Wellsburg United Methodist Church, and its Altar Guild, she was a founding member of PEO Chapter N, and a member of the Laurel Leaf Garden Club, the Wellsburg Junior Women’s Club, and the Bethany College Parents’ Council, among other civic activities. She was always proud of the accomplishments of Gary, Marc, and Janet. She especially enjoyed watching and cheering for Janet during her high school and college tennis careers. She closely followed her grandson, Cullen, as he played for his high school tennis team and Meredith, who plays on her middle school team. Kay is survived by her children Gary C. Chernenko and his wife Susan V. Chernenko of Charleston, Marc B. Chernenko and his wife Judge Joyce Dumbaugh Chernenko of Wellsburg, and Janet Chernenko Mears and her husband John R. Mears of Huntington and grandchildren John Cullen Mears and Meredith Kay Mears of Huntington, as well as several nieces and nephews. A private family funeral service will be held at the Chambers Funeral Home, 1030 Main Street, Wellsburg, WV (304) 737-3551, with Pastor Angel Adams, Officiating. Interment will follow, next to her dear husband, John, 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=9877369647Obituary for Joseph Patrick GearyJoseph Patrick Geary, 83, of Follansbee, WV, passed away at 12:00 AM on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Valley Hospice Center North, Steubenville, OH, surrounded by his family. Joseph was born on April 16, 1932 in Follansbee, WV. He is the son of the late William Joseph and Mae Edith (Rosenburg) Geary. Joseph served as a Sergeant in the United States Army during the Korean War, receiving the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Korean Service Medal with 3 Bronze Clusters and the United Nations Service Medal He retired after 44 years of service to Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel in the pump repair gang. Joseph was a member of the Brooke County Sportsman Club. Many will remember him for fishing and repairing things around the house; but most of all, traveling with his family on vacations and his love for his wife, children, and grandchildren as pappy. In addition parents, Joseph was preceded in death by his three brothers, Edward, Thomas, and William Geary, three sisters, Edith Hanlon, Bertha Smedley, and Alberta Barnett. Joseph is survived by his wife of 63 years, Barbara (Shook) Geary of Follansbee, WV, a son, Doug Geary and his significant other, Susan Misenhelder of Follansbee, WV, a daughter, Jacquie Geary of Wintersville, OH, three grandchildren, Dustin Geary of Follansbee, WV, Devin Geary of New Jersey, and Tyler Flanary of Wintersville, OH, a great grandson, Ryder, a sister, Sarah Debnar of Follansbee, WV and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received on Monday, July 27, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 PM, again on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 from 10:00 until time Funeral Service 11:00 AM at the James Funeral Home, 1245 Main Street, Follansbee, WV, (304) 527-1717, with Pastor Dan Cooper, officiating. Military Escort by the WV Patriot Guard Riders to the Interment at Oak Grove Cemetery, Follansbee, WV with Military Honors by the WV Army National Guard. 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=7893369415Obituary for Mary SacripantiMary Sacripanti, 85, of Follansbee, WV, passed away at 12:30 AM on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Country Club Manor, Steubenville, OH. Mary was born on June 17, 1930 in Costonia, OH. She was the daughter of the late Mildred Moore. Mary was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Follansbee, WV. In addition to her mother, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony A. Sacripanti, in 1992. Mary is survived by her three children, Tony (Debria) Sacripanti of Kansas, Joyce (James) Fraser of Steubenville, OH, and Karen (Michael) Robinson of Georgia, five grandchildren, Tammy Cochran, Kimberly Germana, Christie Starkey, and Sara and Robert Kovac, and four great grandchildren, Family and friends will be received on Thursday, July 30, 2015 from 5:00-8:00 PM and again on Friday, July 31, 2015 from 10:00 until time of Liturgy of the Word at 11:00 AM at the James Funeral Home, 1245 Main Street, Follansbee, WV (304-527-1717, with Father Manuel T. Gelido, presiding. Entombment will follow at Highland Hills Memorial Gardens, 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=82ee369338Obituary for Ian Christopher SlopekIan Christopher Slopek, 38, of Pittsburgh, PA, formerly, Colliers, WV, died unexpectedly on Monday, July 20, 2015 at 9:40 PM at UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh, PA, surrounded by friends and family. Ian was born on November 30, 1976 in Washington, PA. He was the son of Charles and Deborah (Zibritosky) Slopek of Colliers, WV. In addition to his parents, Ian is survived by his brother, Ryan Slopek of Dallas, TX and his longtime love, Danielle Novick of Pittsburgh, PA. He loved and is very much loved. Family and friends are invited to gather on Sunday, July 26, 2015, to toast and celebrate Ian’s Life between 1:00-4:00 PM at Dinette Restaurant and Wine Bar, 5996 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, East Liberty Section of the City. Donations may be made in Ian’s name to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA, or online at www.thinkoutsidethecage.org. Cremation Services under the direction 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=2568369053Obituary for Janet "Edna" (Yost) MillerJanet "Edna" Lee (Yost) Miller, 56, of Steubenville, Ohio, formerly of Wellsburg, W.Va., passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2015 at her residence. Janet was born on October 5, 1958. She was the daughter of the late Charles P. and Mina (Barnhart) Yost. Edna was a member of the Calvary Church, Steubenville, Ohio. Everyone will remember, Edna for being full of life and her big smile. Edna was preceded in death by her son, Eric Miller; two brothers, Jim and Gale Yost; and two sisters, Judy Noviski, and Kathy Klicker. Edna is survived by her husband of 40 years, Joseph Miller; three children, Joey Miller, Carrie Carlock and her husband, Kareem Sr. and Brandon Pinnill, all of Steubenville, Ohio; 17 grandchildren; a great grandchild on the way; a sister, Carol Jordan of McKinleyville, WV; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 from noon until time of funeral service at 1 p.m. at the James Funeral Home, Follansbee, WV, 304-527-1717, with Pastor John Kotsanos 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=04de368458Obituary for Sandra "Sandy" Blu (McBride) SmitzSandra Blu Smitz 74, of Colliers, WV, passed away Sunday, July 12, 2015 at UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh, Pa. She is finally with the love of her life Marty and is at peace. "Sandy" was born on October 6, 1940 in Steubenville, Ohio. She was the daughter of the late Wylie N. McBride and Clara Susan (Yost) McBride. Sandra previously worked at Ohio Valley Hospital in the Medical Technology Department but many will remember her for her love and dedication to her "Fur Kids". She and husband Marty, trained many dogs to various titles in Obedience, Tracking and Agility while running their training school, Marsan Training School. Sandra was preceded in death by her husband, Martin J. (Marty) Smitz and "Fur Angels" Hans, Zenn, Chevy, Huntz, Heidi and Brenna. She will be sadly missed by her "Fur Kid" AR. Sandra is survived by her brother, Wylie McBride (Darlene) of Colliers, WV; nephew, Wylie McBride, III (Steffany) of Beech Bottom; niece, Susan Griffith (Derek) of Cecil, Pa; nephew, Michael McBride (Irene) of Forest Hill, MD and many great nieces and nephews. Sandra will be cremated under the care and direction of the James Funeral Home, 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=e82d368842Obituary for Donna Lee (Plotts) GearyDonna Lee (Plotts) Geary, 82, of Follansbee, WV, passed away at 12:40 PM on Monday, July 6, 2015 at Weirton Medical Center, Weirton, WV. Donna was born on July 3, 1933 in Steubenville, OH. She was the daughter of the late Donald and Dorothy Plotts. Donna was a faithful member of the Hooverson Heights Nazarene Church and the Colliers Women Club. In addition to her parents, Donna was preceded in death by her son, Kenneth Patrick Geary and a brother, Donny Plotts. Donna is survived by her devoted and loving husband, Donald I. Geary of Follansbee, WV, three sons, John (Vicki) Geary of Fairmont, WV, Donald Lou (Libbie) Geary of Roxboro, NC, and Jack (Debbie) Geary of Hooverson Heights, WV, seven grandchildren, Benjamin (Nicole) Geary of Fairmont, WV, Brandon (Kari) Geary of Parkersburg, WV, Natalie (James) Mascaro of Fairmont, WV, Sam, Mack, and Jacob Geary, all of Roxboro, NC and Sierra Geary of Hooverson Heights, WV, a great granddaughter, Sadie Geary of Parkersburg, WV, and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 PM at the James Funeral Home, 1245 Main Street, Follansbee, WV (304) 527-1717, and again on Thursday, July 9, 2015 from 10:00 AM until time of Funeral Service at 11:00 AM at the Hooverson Heights Nazarene Church, Lee Road, Follansbee, WV, with Pastor Harry Knight, officiating. Interment will follow in Richmond Union Cemetery, Salem Township, OH. 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=b8ec367985Obituary for LaVonne June (Regan) BalintLaVonne June (Regan) Balint, 81, of Wellsburg, WV, passed away on Friday, July 3, 2015 at Weirton Medical Center, Weirton, WV. LaVonne was born on June 18, 1934 in Follansbee, WV. She was the daughter of the late Martin and Susanne (Urbin) Regan. LaVonne was a member of the Mingo and Follansbee Presbyterian Church and the Wellsburg Eastern Star. She worked in the Strip Mill until 1969 when she began her career at Brooke County Food Service as the Center 3 lunch cashier. In addition to her parents, LaVonne was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Balint, two sisters, Anna Mae Saunders and Susanne Carasco and a brother, Martin "Kinko" Regan, killed in action in WWII on the Tinian Island. LaVonne is survived by her son Todd (Stephanie Elliott) Balint of Weirton, WV, two brothers, George and Donald Regan, of Wellsburg, WV, 10 nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and great nephews. Family and friends will be received on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 from 4:00-8:00 PM and again on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 from 11:00 until time of Funeral Service at 12 Noon at the James Funeral Home, Follansbee, WV (304) 527-1717 with Pastor Kenny Sickle and Pastor Frank Haas, Officiating. 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=662b367826Obituary for Randy Keith Dennis Sr.Randy Keith Dennis Sr., 59, of Weirton, WV, entered into eternal glory at 10:51 PM on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at his residence under the care of his wife and Valley Hospice. Randy was born on November 5, 1955 in Brownsville, PA. He was the son of Versie (Moxley) Dennis-Bishop of Uniontown, PA, and the late Jacob Bishop. Randy worked at Rue 21 in Weirton, WV and attended Weirton Covenant Church. In his spare time, Randy enjoyed reading and studying church Theology. In addition to his father, Randy was preceded in death by his brother, Douglas Dennis. In addition to his mother, Randy is survived by his wife, Theresa Dennis of Weirton, WV, six children, Andres Dennis of Uniontown, PA, PFC Kimberly Raven Guthrie and her husband, Bryan, serving in the US Army, Ft Stewart, GA, Avis McBride of Clarksville, TN, Randy K. Dennis Jr. and Emmanuel Dennis, both of Uniontown, PA, and Christopher Love of Beaver, PA, nine grandchildren, two step-children, Donald Brown III and his wife Tatisha and Kevin Brown and his fiancé Diane, all of Pittsburgh, PA, eight sisters, Lorannie Dennis of Pittsburgh, PA, Sandra Dennis Jones of Brownsville, PA, Darlene Dennis Walker of AZ, Cheryl Bishop Rosa of MA, April Bishop of Uniontown, PA, Versie Bishop King of Weirton , WV, Crystal Bishop of Uniontown, PA, and Dianne Bunch of Pittsburgh, PA, five brothers, Ronald H. Dennis and his wife, Gina, Westley F. Dennis and his wife, Clara, Gregory Dennis, KD Karlton Dennis and his fiancé, Valerie, Donald Bishop, all of Uniontown, PA, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. A gathering a family and friends will be held on Thursday, July 9, 2015 from 9:30 AM until time of Memorial Service at 10:00 AM at the Weirton Covenant Church, 200 Pennsylvania Ave, Weirton, WV, with Pastor Michael Smith and his brother, Westley Dennis, officiating. Following the service, Randy cremated remains will be taken home to remain with his beloved wife forever. Memorial and Cremation Services under the direction 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=83d4367745Obituary for Duane George PrintupDuane George Printup, 71, of Shadyside, OH, passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV. Duane was born on October 14, 1942 in Elba, NY. He was the son of Rose (Chugg) Printup of Elba, NY and the late Llewellyn Printup. Duane was baptized at Our Lady of Fatima, Elba, NY and raised in the Catholic denomination of faith. He was a long distance truck driver for 27 years. Duane is survived by his loving wife, Debbie (Kemp) Printup of Shadyside, OH, a step-son, David Hildebrant of Moundsville, WV, four children, Leslia Waldon and her husband, Dean of Oakfield, NY, Kimberly Walczack and her husband, Brian of Elba, NY, Danielle Brickman and her husband, Jerry of Elba, NY and Michelle and her husband, Joey of PA, seven grandchildren, a brother, Kenneth “Kenny” Printup and his wife, Shirley of Medina, NY, three sisters, Jeanette Smith and her husband, Franklin of PA, Evelyn Ramsey and her significant other, Franklin Erhardt of NC, and Dawn Hebert of Brockport, NY, and several nieces and nephews. Duane was cremated under the direction and care of the Chambers Funeral Home, 1030 Main Street, Wellsburg, WV (304) 737-3551 and will be buried in Elba, NY with his father. Duane gave the gift of life through the process of organ and tissue donation through CORE, Center for Organ Recovery and Education, so that others may live. 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=948e367568