Michael Flaherty

FLAHERTY, Michael E. “Ed,” 63, of Packwood, WA, formally of Wheeling, WV, passed away October 25, 2013 at the VA Puget Sound Hospital Seattle WA, after a long illness.

He was born August 9, 1950 in Wheeling, a son of the late Michael and Consetta Carone Flaherty.

Preceded in death by his grandparents, Joseph (Bertha) Nichols Carone and Michael (Emma) Taylor Flaherty

Michael served in the United States Air Force from1975-1979 as a Personal Affairs Specialist and spent three years in Germany.

His military service sparked a lifelong interest in traveling.

He graduated from Wheeling High School 1968. He graduated from Wright State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and he was an accomplished artist and sculptor. He also became an avid photographer and loved mountain hiking, climbing and spelunking.

Michael is survived by his three children, Emily Anne Tankovits, her husband, Kevin, Michael Edward Flaherty and Lucas Bowen Flaherty; two grandchildren, Madeline Anne and Alyson Marie Tankovits; a sister, Michalene Hoskins, her husband, Spike; a brother, Patrick Flaherty, his wife, Cathy; two uncles, Joseph and Samuel Carone; and an aunt, Clara Wheatley and two nephews, David Shelek and Patrick Flaherty; former wife, LeeAnne Flaherty and many, many friends.

Family and friends will be received from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at noon Saturday, November 16, 2013, at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff Street, Wheeling, with Rev James Lacrosse officiating.

Interment and military services in Mt Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.

Offer condolences online at www.altmeyer.com.