Viola Byrd

BYRD, Viola J., 91, of Wheeling, WV, died Tuesday, September 18, 2012, at the Carriage Inn in Cadiz, OH.

Viola was born July 16, 1921, in Lansing, OH, a daughter of the late Stanley and Josephine (Darmofal) Rozanski. She was a graduate of Belmont High School and a graduate of Elliot’s Business College. She was a member of St. Joseph Cathedral in Wheeling and a member of the former Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in Wheeling. She also belonged to the Thursday Music Club, the Women’s Social Card Club, and was a former secretary of the Pilot Club. Viola enjoyed many things including music, animals, cooking, crocheting, and traveling with her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter C. Byrd, and two sisters, Stella Smith and Helen Rozanski.

She is survived by three sons, John Byrd of Wheeling, Richard (Patricia) Byrd of Lansing, OH, and Greg Byrd of Wheeling; one sister, Lois Neitzelt of Wheeling; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Friends will be received Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 4-8 p.m. at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff Street, Wheeling, where a vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, September 21, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the Mount Calvary Cemetery Bishop’s Chapel, Wheeling, with Msgr. Kevin Quirk as celebrant. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Wheeling.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio County Animal Shelter, 7011 National Road, Triadelphia, WV 26059.

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Viola Byrd

BYRD, Viola J., 91, of Wheeling, W.Va., died Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at the Carriage Inn in Cadiz, Ohio. Arrangements are pending at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff Street, Wheeling.