Wanetta McCleery

McCLEERY, Wanetta M. “Wanda” (Funari), 97, of Celina, TX, formerly of Martins Ferry, OH, died Saturday, October 12, 2013, at Baylor Medical Center, McKinney, TX.

She was born on June 24, 1916, in Glencoe, OH, a daughter of the late Basil and Louise (Peroni) Funari.

Wanda had been living in Celina with her son, Walter, daughter-in-law, Angela, and granddaughter, Morgan Danielle McCleery since 1993.

She attended St. Elizabeth Nursing School in Dayton, OH , was a graduate of the Kellberg Institute, Chicago, IL, in Physical Therapy and a graduate of Wheeling Business School, Wheeling, WV.

Early on Wanda was the owner of Wanetta’s Delicatessen in Wheeling and later in life operated her physical therapy office in Wheeling and eventually moved her practice to her home in Martins Ferry.

Wanda was a veteran of the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps during WWII.

She was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Martins Ferry and Prosper Presbyterian Church in Prosper, TX. She is a charter member of WWII Memorial in Washington D.C., a member of American Legion Post 38 and the Post Auxiliary of Martins Ferry as well as life member of the DAV in Bellaire, OH. She also was a member of the Professional Business and Women’s Club of Martins Ferry.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel W. McCleery; brother, P. Larry Funari of Belpre, OH; sisters. Della Ann Trouten of Berea, OH, and Eva Marie Gordon of Canton, OH.

Surviving are her beloved family: son, Walter, daughter-in-law, Angela K. and dearest granddaughter, Morgan Danielle McCleery; sisters, Olga Virginia Dezio of Wilmington, NC, Emma Louise Reasbeck of Port Orange, FL, and Betty Jane Cappelletti of St. Clairsville, OH.

Friends will be received Friday, October 18, 2013, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Heslop Funeral Home, 415 Walnut St., Martins Ferry, OH, where services will be held Saturday, October 19, 2013, at 10 a.m. with Rev. William O. Webster officiating. Burial follows in Greenwood Cemetery, Wheeling, WV.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Presbyterian Church, 7 N. Fourth St., Martins Ferry, OH 43935 or Prosper Presbyterian Church, PO Box 450, Prosper TX 75078.

“A lady of true grace, love and devotion to not only her family but to all who knew her – rest in peace my beautiful mother you are with the Lord and Dad but your memory will never leave us” – Walt, Angela and Morgan

Online condolences may be expressed at www.heslop.com.