Ina Polsinelli

POLSINELLI, Ina E. (Strober), 87, of McMechen, W.Va., passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013, in Wheeling Hospital.

She was born February 17, 1926, a daughter of the late Erit and Alma (Blake) Strober.

Ina was member of the First Church of God, McMechen, where over the years she served as Sunday school superintendent and Bible school teacher.

Ina was a member of Blake Brothers Unit 46 American Legion Auxiliary, where she held many chairmanships and offices including historian, treasurer, 2nd vice president, 1st vice president and president. She was the past First District president and department chairman of foreign relations, education and leadership. She also held the office of historian, 2nd vice president and 1st vice president on department level, and president for the 1999-2000 term. She has been on the Department of WV Auxiliary National Executive Committee and served as the Central Division Auxiliary Emergency Fund chairwoman.

Ina has been in various other facets of community, county and state efforts, including working with a group to start a youth center in the city that became very popular with the children and teens. She worked with Union and John Marshall band parent organizations, served four years as regional director of the State Parent-Teacher Association, was regional Spelling Bee chairwoman and past Marshall County Council PTA president, and was president of the Center McMechen Elementary School PTA. She holds an honorary life membership in the Marshall County PTA, Ohio County PTA, West Virginia PTA and National PTA.

Ina held many chairmanships and offices in the Women’s Club of McMechen and has served three terms as president, and was currently serving her third term as vice president. She has also served as president of GFWCWV Northern District, and has served on the state board or council for the past 10 years. She was conservation, community improvement and beautification chairwoman on the State level. While working with the Women’s Club, she was been instrumental in achieving many things for the city of McMechen. Some projects are street signs; trash containers; Tree City USA; the West Virginia State Flower Bed on State Route 2, which she and her husband personally took care of; crossing lights in the school zone; Christmas lights and flags for the city; and many other beautification and community improvement projects. She was the GFWCWV Woman of the Year for the State of West Virginia in 2009. She also served on the membership team and the scholarship board on the state level, and was a member of the Red Hat Society.

In addition to her parents, Ina was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Rodriguez and Ashel Marchani.

Ina is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, Joseph S. Polsinelli. They were married in Pensacola, Florida, on September 5, 1944.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her four children: Beth (Gary) Wolfe, Joseph A. (Georgiann) Polsinelli, Alma Cunningham and Lisa (Tony) Velas; 11 grandchildren: Gregg (Kelli) Wolfe, Wendy (Mike) Younger, Todd (Jeanne) Wolfe, Brad Wolfe (Tonya Coppa), Betsy (Gordon) Nasseri, Joseph (Chrissy) Polsinelli, Justin Polsinelli, Alex (Venusia) Yutzey, Preston Yutzey, Adam Velas and Ali Velas; 15 great-grandchildren: Dayna Wolfe, Kim Wolfe, Baylee Jack, Taylor Jack, Victoria Younger, Rebecca Younger, Danielle Wolfe, Nicholas Wolfe, Beth Wolfe, Kaydie Coppa, Kyle Coppa, Xavier Nasseri, Zoey Nasseri, Alexander Nasseri and Riley Polsinelli; a great-great-grandson, Isaac Gregory; and a sister-in-law, Rosalie Conti.

Friends will be received from 1-4 and 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Benwood- McMechen Chapel, 214 Marshall St., McMechen, where an American Legion Auxiliary service will be held at 7 p.m.

Friends will then be received from 10 a.m. until time of funeral services at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at the First Church of God, McMechen, with the Rev. Cate Johnston officiating. Interment will be in McMechen Cemetery.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the First Church of God, 1003 Logan St., McMechen, WV 26040.

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