Francis Maltese

MALTESE, Francis Richard, Sr., 86, of Wheeling, W.Va., passed away January 27, 2014 peacefully at home.

He was born August 5, 1927 in Bellaire, Ohio, a son of the late Nicholas and Nina Megna Maltese.

Francis was retired from Roofers Local 188 and Wheeling country Day School. He was dedicated to his work for over 70 years.

He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and a Marine veteran of WWII.

In addition to his parents, Francis was preceded in death by a brother, John Maltese, his sister-in-law, Sophie and brother-in-law, Joseph “Buck” Wakim.

Francis is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Betty Lue Jones Maltese, his three children, F. Richard Maltese, Jr., and his wife Cecelia, of Wheeling, Nicholas Maltese and his wife Cheryl, of St. Clairsville, daughter Linda Krulock and her husband David, of Belmont, Ohio, 10 grandchildren; Alexander and Anne Maltese, Nicholas and Stacy Maltese, Natalie Maltese, Lindsay Krulock, Nicole Maltese, William Watts and Brianne and Vance Phillips.

Francis is also survived by 2 sisters, Dorothy Wakim, and Kathleen Hoffman and her husband Thomas, both of Wheeling and a brother, Donald Maltese and his wife Nancy, of Canton, Ohio and several nieces and nephews.

Francis was devoted to his family and friends. He never knew a stranger. He enjoyed life to the fullest and will be deeply missed by all of the lives he touched.

Friends will be received on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 154 Kruger St., Wheeling, WV (304-242-0330), where a vigil service will be conducted at 7 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.

Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Valley Hospice.

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