GRECO, Surrounded by her family, Madeline Greco passed away peacefully on Jan. 9, 2014, at Grandview Terrace in Weirton.
Born Feb. 22, 1925, to Michael Romino and Josephine LaCamera Romino in Fairmont WV, she married Ray Silvio Greco, M.D. on May 29, 1943, and celebrated 70 years of a happy marriage this past May. Dr. and Mrs. Greco have lived in Weirton since 1948.
She is survived by her husband and their six children: Donne Paine of Hilton Head, SC, Diane Fornari (Gabe) of Hilton Head, SC, Deborah Catton of Pittsburgh, PA, Dr. Ray Silvio Greco II (Kathy) of Covington, GA, Sam Hens-Greco (Kathryn) of Pittsburgh, PA and Dr. Rick Greco (Carol) of Wheeling. She loved her daughter-in- laws and son-in-law as her own children.
Mrs. Greco had 15 grandchildren: Melissa Paine Ketty (Sanjay), Seth Paine , Dr. Gabriel Fornari Jr. (Robin), Dr. Luke Fornari (Alison), Pia Catton, Grant Catton, Ray Silvio Greco III (Kristi), Meradith Greco Capps (Bradley), Kaitlin Hens-Greco, Eliza Rae Hens-Greco, Pasquale Greco, Christian Greco, Maria Grace Greco, Sophia Greco and Gabriela Greco and ten great-grandchildren: Pierce Fornari, Ethan Fornari, Stella Fornari, Silvio Fornari, Jack Fornari, Apolonia Ketty, Konstantine Ketty, Ray Silvio Greco IV, Madeline Capps and Crews Capps.
Mrs. Greco also is survived by her sister-in-law, Mary Romino, and several loving nieces and nephews, including Josephine Hamrick who was like a sister to her.
Mrs. Greco was preceded in death by her sisters Mary Forte, Rose Piscetelli, and her brothers, Dr. Leonard Romino, Nick Romino, Dr. Joseph Romino, Dominick Romino and Anthony Romino.
She graduated from West Fairmont High School in 1942 and attended Fairmont Business College.
Mrs. Greco's home at 3708 Riverview Drive, Weirton, WV, was often visited by friends and family from all parts of the country and abroad. She hosted many Rotary exchange students from Germany, Belgium and Italy who loved her and kept in touch with her over the years. In her neighborhood, her home was always a place of warmth and hospitality. As soon as someone moved into the neighborhood, she would immediately bring a gift and introduce herself. Her home was always open, no matter what time of day or night. If the family was in the middle of a meal, she made room for the visitor and insisted that they join in the meal. It didn't matter what time a visitor arrived, she was always ready to put out food and sit and talk.
She traveled the world with her husband of 70 years, and together they danced at weddings, anniversaries, Rotary functions, holiday celebrations, and even picnics. They loved to dance and inspired that love of dance in their children.
She always found time to volunteer to help others and her community. In 1953, while her husband was stationed in Stewart Air Force Base in Tennessee during the Korean War, she served as a Red Cross Grey Lady. When she returned to the Weirton area, she continued to be involved in community activities. Over the years, she held many leadership offices in the Weirton community including the office of President of the Hancock County Medical Auxiliary, Chairman of the Medical Library at Weirton Hospital, Chairman of Doctors' Day, Member of the Children's Home Sewing Circle, President of the Madonna High School PTA, Weirtonian Fiesta Ball Chairman, Charter member of the Hancock Medical Auxiliary, Cub Scout Den Mother, member of Weirton Jr. Women's Club. She was also a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. Since arriving in Weirton in 1948, Dr. and Mrs. Greco have been devoted members of St. Paul's Catholic Church.
Visitation will be 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Greco Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street, Weirton.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Monday at Saint Paul Roman Catholic Church Weirton, WV
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