PATALANO, Bruce Winstead, 67, of Wheeling, died suddenly Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at his home.
He was born August 15, 1945 in Rocky Mount, NC, and grew up in Westport, CT, the son of Philip V. Patalano and the late Sudia Winstead Patalano.
He graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1967 and moved to West Virginia as a two year VISTA Volunteer working in the Weirton area. He was then a social worker with the WV Department of Health and Human Services working for years in Child Protection Services. He continued his education, obtaining a Master's Degree in Psychiatric Social Work through West Virginia University, Morgantown.
Bruce was a strong believer in the power of a helping hand; he was an active member of his community in Wheeling for 44 years. He was a volunteer and supporter of Wheeling's Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center, St. Michael's Church and Vineyard Christian Fellowship. Bruce believed in the power of ideas. An avid reader, he often shared his books and thoughts to help others.
In addition to his mother, Bruce was preceded in death by his younger brother Benjamin Harrison Patalano.
Bruce is survived by his father Philip V. Patalano of Norwalk, CT, brother, Philip James Patalano and sister- in- law Martha, of Sao Tome, his sister Paula Marie Patalano, of Norwalk, CT, and his niece and nephews: Steven Vincent Patalano of Bridgeport, CT, Danielle Christine deBouver, Kyle Benjamin deBouver of Fairfield, CT, Philip Armand Patalano of Altadena, CA, and Jason Winstead Patalano of Sao Tome and Principe. Bruce is also remembered by many friends and the Randolph family who he loved and considered to be his "extended family."
Friends will be received on Monday, January 21, from 1 p.m. until time of services at 3:30 p.m. at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 154 Kruger St., Elm Grove, with Chris Figaretti and Fr. Jeremiah McSweeney officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Youth Services Systems or Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center.
Online condolences may be extended to the family at www.altmeyer.com.