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Gary A. Kostka
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Gary A. Kostka, 64, of Weirton, WV, passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018, with his wife by his side at Valley Hospice Care Center North in Steubenville, OH.

Born September 3, 1953, in Steubenville, Oh, Gary was the son of the late Walter and Margaret Kovach Kostka. He was also preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Andrew and Catherine Kook Kostka; maternal grandparents William and Elizabeth Fello Kovach; father in law and mother in law Samuel J. and Martha Sharrow; brother in law, Richard Sharrow; sister in law, Patricia Sharrow Billcheck; uncle, Dr. Robert Kostka; aunt, Sylvia Vulcanoff, niece, Laurie Vaughn Blaschalk, and his beloved Coonie the cat.

Gary met his wife on a blind date and they were married a year and four months later on June 2, 1980. Debbie worked at Ohio Valley Hospital and Gary worked as a millwright for many years and retired from ArcelorMittal as a pipefitter in the tin mill. He was a member of St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church and the Weirton Steel 25 Year Club. Gary enjoyed traveling with his wife to tropical destinations and street rod shows, listening to music, painting, and was an avid reader of autobiographies and history. He enjoyed playing a weekly round of golf with his buddies Phil, Jack and John and even had a hole in one at Highland Springs Golf Course.

Gary will be remembered with love by his wife, Debbie A. Sharrow Kostka; sister, Karen A. Olszewski and her husband Robert of Follansbee, WV; sister in law, Mary Jane Stone Sharrow of Weirton; nieces and nephews Megan and Lance (Rebecca) Olszewski , Kristy Sharrow Anderson, David Vaughn, Tom Billcheck, Martha Billcheck-Welsh, Rick, Joe and Steve Sharrow and numerous other nieces and nephews; aunt, Bette Kostka and his furry feline friends Alley Cat, Helen, Blackie and Lukie.

Private visitation and services were held at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton, WV.

Rev. Fr. Larry Dorsch presided.

Interment followed at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

The family would like to thank the eighth floor at Weirton Medical Center, Life Line Hospital and Valley Hospice Care Center North for their care and friendship. A special thank you to Dr. Brijinder Kochhar for his support and for caring so much about Gary.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Church, 140 Walnut Street, Weirton WV 26062 or Hancock County Animal Shelter, 715 Gas Valley Road, New Cumberland WV 26047.

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Services are private.

Cemetery Details


Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens

135 Gilson Ave
Weirton, WV 26062

Memorial Contribution

Saint Paul Roman Catholic Church

Main Street
Weirton, WV 26062

Hancock County Animal Shelter

715 Gas Valley Road
New Cumberland, WV 26047

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