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‘Undo’ Remembered for Kindness, Philanthropy

April 13, 2013
By SHELLEY HANSON Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Anthony ''Undo'' Sparachane was a man who loved his family, friends and helping his community through philanthropy, his sons said Friday.

Undo Sparachane, founder of the Undo's Restaurants, died Thursday. He was 92 years old.

''He loved kids,'' said his son Anthony ''Herk'' Sparachane, noting his father was a big supporter of building the Miracle Field of the Ohio Valley. The elder Sparachane was planning to donate one day of revenue from all four Undo's Restaurants to the Miracle Field - something the family still plans on doing May 1.

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During the past 10 years, Undo Sparachane also gave $100,000 to the Debbie Green Memorial Race, his sons said.

''He was a special guy and a special person. His grandkids were his life. And with his great-grandkids - every time he would see them he would light up and smile,'' Herk Sparachane said.

Undo Sparachane's wife, Jenny Shiretta Sparachane, died in 1988 after battling cancer.

''Him and mom were the best parents anyone could ever have. On the last day of mom's life, he said he wished it was him (who passed instead). He said the grandkids needed a grandma not a granddad,'' Herk Sparachane added.

Nick A. Sparachane, former mayor of Wheeling, described his father as a caring man who truly enjoyed talking to and being with people. He said his father enjoyed giving children who visited the flagship restaurant in Benwood a treat like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. And he worked to ensure every patron was treated well - whether they were the governor or a steelworker, Nick Sparachane said.

''His friends and family were special to him. He had no value for material things - he loved his family and friends,'' Nick Sparachane said.

He noted his father's vision for Undo's was that it be a community supporter. He also was proud so many of his former employees went on to bigger and better pursuits and careers.

''I've never seen anyone who loved people so much,'' Nick Sparachane said. ''He was a very kind man.''

Visitation for Undo Sparachane is set from 4-8 p.m. today and 2-8 p.m. Sunday at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Benwood-McMechen Chapel, 214 Marshall St., McMechen. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. John Catholic Church, Benwood. Interment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery with full military graveside honors. Vigil services are at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

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