Minnie Lonchar

LONCHAR, Minnie, 88, of Weirton, WV, died Tuesday, at the Weirton Medical Center, after a short illness.

Born on June 8, 1924, in Weirton, WV, Minnie was a daughter of the late Nick and Maria Pirraglia.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Benny Lonchar on Feb. 4, 1980; her two brothers, Pete and Tony Pirraglia, and her two sisters, Rosie Orecchio, and Pauline Rocchio.

Minnie, retired after 16 years of service in the Weirton Steel Tin Mill, where she worked as a sorter. She gladly retired when she married Benny and started a family.

She was a member of Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Christian Mothers, Four Seasons, and the ISDA Weirtonian Lodge 183. And her most treasured pastime was her children and grandchildren, whom she often visited and always kept in her prayers unless she was playing cards with them and wanted to win.

Minnie is survived by her three sons, David (Lisa) Lonchar of Dover, DE, Benny (Lisa) Lonchar of Clinton, PA, and Joseph (Eleanor) Lonchar of Bristow, VA; a sister, Frances Oliver of Weirton, WV; eight grandchildren; Domenica and Allison Lonchar, Justin (fiancee’ Sally Dugas), Tyler, Matthew and Camryn Lonchar, John and Anna Lonchar, many beloved nieces and nephews and beloved neighbors of Marie Avenue.

The family would like to thank the staff at Weirton Medical Center for their constant professionalism and caring hearts.

The family would like to recognize the staff and residents of Grandview Apartments for welcoming Minnie and making Minnie feel at home the past few years.

Visitation will be 2-4 pm and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton.

Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Friday at the Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Weirton.

Interment will follow at Saint Paul’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, 229 California Avenue, Weirton WV 26062

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