WEISKIRCHER, Joan Ann Dattoli, 76, of Wheeling, WV, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 19, 2013 at Liza's Place.
Joan was born in 1936 in Wheeling, WV, the daughter of the late Pauline and Anthony Dattoli.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by infant twin brothers in 1931.
Joan was a 1954 graduate of St. Joseph Academy. After raising her children, she began her higher education at West Virginia Northern Community College, then transferred to West Liberty State College where she earned a bachelor of arts degree. She went on to earn a master of arts degree in communication from West Virginia University. All of this was accomplished while working at WVNCC, from which she retired.
While employed at WVNCC and continuing after retirement, Joan served as a board member and officer for WV Northern Alumni Association, WV Association of Museums, WV Independence Hall Foundation, Wheeling Arts Commission and WNHAC.
Joan was well-versed in politics, current events, the arts, and history, especially WWII. She was actively involved in the preservation of WV history and Wheeling in particular. She took part in the movement to preserve WV Independence Hall, helped with the campaign to bring the WV Civil War Battle Flag exhibit to Independence Hall, helped to collect and preserve many pieces of Hazel Atlas Glass and B&O Railroad memorabilia, helped host national B&O Railroad Historical Society and WV Museum Association conventions in Wheeling, and organized exhibits and activities related to Black History Month. She was recognized as a History Hero by the WV Dept of Culture and History in 2007, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the WV Association of Museums in 2012, and received the WVNCC Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2013.
Joan was blessed with a beautiful singing voice. She was a member of the St. Matthew's Episcopal Parish Choir for over 40 years where she performed as a soloist. She was also a dedicated volunteer for many years at the St. Matthew's food pantry.
Joan is survived by her five daughters, Elaine Coleman and her husband, Tom of Greenville, NC; Paula Lucas of Wheeling, Karen Wheeler and her husband, Jack of Wheeling; Donna Walters and her husband, Robert of Hermitage, PA, and Jeanne Weisenborn and her husband, Ken of Wheeling. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Erich and Alyssa Coleman; Josh (Allison) and Lindsey Lucas; Adam, Anthony and Andrew Wheeler; Amber and Zack Walters; Justin and Derek Weisenborn.
In keeping with her interest in education, Joan has donated her body to the WVU Human Gift Registry for the advancement of medical science and research. A memorial service in celebration of Joan's life will be held Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 6 p.m. at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Wheeling. The family would like to thank the caring and compassionate staff at Liza's Place for taking such good care of Joan and allowing her Buddy Boy to visit every day.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Food Pantry at St. Matthew's, 1410 Chapline St., Wheeling, WV 26003 or to Liza's Place c/o The Valley Hospice Foundation, 10686 State Route 150, Rayland, OH 43943.