BENCUR, Joseph Edward Jr., 64, of North 7th St., Martins Ferry, OH, died Monday, April 30, 2012 at Ohio State Medical Center East, Columbus, OH.
Joe was born in Martins Ferry, OH on February 9, 1948, the son of the late Joseph E. and Cassilda M. (Kowalski) Bencur.
Joe graduated from Martins Ferry High School in 1966, and furthered his education at Ohio University, Athens, OH and received a degree in mathematics.
He was a retired director of development for the city of Martins Ferry for 20 years.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, a committee member of the Hall Of Honor, and a member of the P.N.A. Club, all of Martins Ferry.
Joe loved to travel and root for his Dallas Cowboys.
He is survived by first cousins, Joseph (Mary Kathleen) Bellia, Pittsburgh, PA, Marlene Bellia Sovinski, West Palm Beach, FL, Phillip (Linda) Kowalski, Wheeling, WV, Mary Ann Kowalski, St. Clairsville, OH, Janet Kowalski, Florida, and Joe Koval, Charleston, SC; and aunt, Emily Kowalski, Cleveland, OH.
Joe also leaves behind several close friends and close former co-workers. He often remarked on how thankful he was to his caring doctors, nurses, and their support staff.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Keller Funeral Home, 615 Hanover St., Martins Ferry where friends will be received Thursday 1:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wake service will be held at 1:45 p.m. followed by Rosary at 3 p.m.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 4, 2012 with Rev. Tom Marut as the celebrant.
Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery Martins Ferry.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to SMC 21st Century "St. Mary's Central School," 24 North 4th St., Martins Ferry, Ohio 43935.
Condolences to the family may be made by signing the guest book online at www.kellerfuneralhome.com.