anthony pirraglia, jr.
Anthony N. Pirraglia,Jr. 47, of N. Charleston, SC, formerly of Weirton, died Saturday January 19, 2002, at the Medical University of South Carolina. Anthony was born March 15, 1954 in Weirton. He is the son of Dolores Marinacci Pirraglia of Steubenville, OH and the late Anthony N. Pirraglia Sr. Anthony was a liver transplant coordinator for Medical University of South Carolina. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus #3734, the Holy Name Society of St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weirton and a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in N. Charleston, SC. In addition to his mother, Anthony is survived by his wife, Cynthia Perhacs Pirraglia of N. Charleston, two sons, Christopher Pirraglia of N. Charleston, SC, and Ryan Pirraglia of McCord Air Force Base, Washington State, his daughter Maria Lana Pirraglia of N. Charleston. Two brothers John Pirraglia of Houston, TX and Nick Pirraglia of Dallas, Tx., and a sister Mrs. Mark (Linda) Basil of Weirton, also survive him. He is also survived by his dog, Buddy. Visitation will be Thursday, January 24, 2002 from 2 - 9 PM at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main St., Weirton, WV. A prayer service will be held at 3:30pm in the funeral home. Funeral litrugy with Mass will be celebrated 10 AM Friday at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, in Weirton. Entombment will follow at St. Paul Cemetery Mausoleum. Weirton. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Anthony N. Pirraglia, Jr. Memorial Fund C/O Steel Works FCU 3501 Main Street Weirton, WV 26062 Obituary/Share your thoughts at Funeral Home: Greco Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV US 26062

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  1. We cannot begin to express the feelings that are in our hearts at such a tragic time. We have all been blessed for knowing and sharing this life with such a wonderful man as Anthony. All of our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and hope you find comfort in Our Lord. The Reinards Tim, Angela, Bob and Chris

  2. I will always remember Anthony as my older cousin that always had something good to say and if he didn’t he would somehow get you to laugh. The loss we suffered as a family is tremendous, but I know Anthony is in a much better place now swapping funny stories with his dad whole God busts a gut.

  3. Our deepest sympathies are extended to you and your entire family. God Bless. Denise and Robert Schwab

  4. Gary and I send our deepest sympathy to all of you at this time. Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers and will remain forever. Anthony will truly be missed and he will live in all the lives that he has touched. God Bless you all at this terrible time. Love, Gary, Mary, Sara, and Matthew

  5. dearest aunt dolores,cindy, christoher,ryan,maria,johnnie, nickie ,linda and all familly members, there are no words to describe the tremendous loss,of anthony,son,husband, father, brother and dearest cousin and friend. we will all miss him terribly, let us all be comforted in knowing he is at peace. lovingly annie nutter

  6. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this tragic time. Tony was a wonderful friend and colleague. He will be truly missed. God Bless You.

  7. We are all deeply grieved by this horrific event. We have our school,church and friends lifting you up in prayer.We have the hope in knowing we will see him again in paradise.”God so loved the world that He gave us His Son,that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life” Remember “Jesus 1978 Rally”?I know Anthony is in a better place where we all long to be. I Remember being the flower girl and Anthony the ring bearer at the Nutter’s wedding. It was a fun time.

  8. May GOD be with you and your family throughout these trying times. My deepest sympathies. “No one is more secure than those who are in GOD’S hands.”

  9. To Cindy,Chris,Ryan,& Marie, Aunt Dolores, Linda, John & Nick and Buddy too. Our heartfelt sympathy, love and prayers go out to you and yours. We hope All the wonderful memories you shared with Anthony will remain with you and sustain you in your hour of grief. Love to you, Cousin Jeanette Rocchio-Whitlatch

  10. Aunt Delores, Linda, John, Nick, families: Our prayers and thoughts go out to you during this tragic time. No words can describe the tremendous loss and brokeness you all are experiencing. Please know that we will be lifting the Pirraglia family up in prayer and that our only hope in times as these is to trust in the Lord. God’s love to you all. Frank

  11. Dear Friends in Chrsit, While doing a rountine check of this website I was schocked to see Anthony’s name listed. I am so saddened by your loss. I have fond memories of our interactions while I was stationed at St. Paul’s. I remember personal conversations with Anthony, visits to your home, the fact that Anthony’s father and my friends father from Charleston shared the same hospital room in Pittsburgh, the time Christopher shared his talent on the trumpet at Mass and the memorable quote from your daughter about “Aunt Stan coming to visit!” Be assured of my deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers as I celebrate Mass. I shall pray for Anthony’s eternal rest and peace as well as God’s healing comfort to and peace to come upon you, his loved ones. Sincerely in Christ, Fr. Stanley T. Tuchalski The Catholic University of America – Canon Law Studies Washington, DC

  12. Dear Delores and family, our deepest sympathies go out to you at this terrible time. There are no words that can express the loss of a child to a parent. You will be constantly in our thoughts and especially our prayers. We know that our dear Lord will watch over you and comfort you in this time. Our faith sustains us and gives us the courage to go on. Rest in the knowledge and assurance that he rests in Jesus’ loving arms and he was welcomed with open arms by his earthly father and all those loved ones who have gone before him. We take comfort in knowing that our son, Anthony, has a friend there with him now. Together they will watch over us and wait for us to join them in that grand reunion that we know will come someday. Love to Maria, Chris and Ryan and Buddy, too. Trust in the Lord and He will give you peace. Tony and Helen Carpini

  13. I worked with Tony for 8 years at Alleheny General Hospital and I always enjoyed working with him. I will always remember when I was a new nurse to the trauma unit, he took the time to help me out when others were too busy and that meant so much. Tony always impressed me in that he could get up early in the morning spend time with his family (without sleep) and then come to work a 12 hour shift from 7p-7a and function as if he had been well rested….that always impressed me. I use to ask him “what time did you get a nap” and he would say, I’ve been since 6……WOW….I was so impressed by that…beling able to function and then to drive back to Weirton to turn around again and do it all over and still be pleasant !!! Another thing that I remember I was working with Tony and I think Rick or Frank and we got a really sick patient in the unit and everyone was trying to get lines hooked up etc. and the resident couldn’t get the artline in, so Tony said, I’ll do it and got it right in… a new nurse (at the time) that was impressive. These are just a few memories that have meant alot to me. I am truly sickened to hear about his tragic death.

  14. Dear Dolores and family — My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. So often we say our heart aches when something happens or someone dies – this is a time when that truly applies. First, from the grief of the loss of a wonderful man – then from the senseless violence that seems to be in our world. I remember Anthony when he was a little boy. He spent his too-short life trying to make the world a happier and better place for all of us. That’s what God asks of each of us and Anthony heard the call. My consolation is that he was welcomed home to heaven not only by a loving God but also by the loving arms of his father and many other family members and friends. Antoinette Oliver

  15. God be with the whole family, and our prayers will be with Anthony. I am a cousin of Cindy’s. So our prayers are with you. Would like to keep in touch if we can. Cousins. Dolores(olenick)Mike Sabol, daughter Megan, n Granddaughter Madison

  16. Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Tony was one of the ACLS gang at weirton Medical Center we will all miss. We will all miss that quiet soft spoken person who had so much to share with his friends and peers. We thank you for allowing us to spend happy times with him. His ACLS friends

  17. We all feel deep sorrow toward the loss of a very nice man and a great neighbor.He will be missed by all. Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to his family.

  18. Dear Cindy, Chris, Ryan and Maria, Aunt Dolores, Linda, John, Nick and all the family memebers We are deeply sorrowed by the tragic death of Anthony. As I tell my children and for all of you to remember in your time of need… Anthony died trying to help people in need and God loves him for that. When Francine wrote about Annie’s wedding that reminded me of Anthony’s and Cindy’s wedding. Who remembers when Uncle Pete sprinted to catch Anthony as he fainted. I did not know Uncle Pete could move that fast. God Bless all of you Love Dave, Lisa Domenica & Allison Lonchar

  19. Aunt Delores, Cindy, and all of the families. There are no words that could possibly express the sadness and pain that the loss of Anthony has brought to all of you and the families. We read about and hear things of this nature happening to others but not ever to our own. And certainly not to a man like Anthony; caring, considerate, always reaching out to help others; thinking of himself last. The precious gift of life eludes us at times except when we have to face something of this magnitude. Then every day, every minute, every second becomes so very, very precious. If there is anything we can take from this terrible injustice let it be that today, this moment, is all we really have. Let us be kind and considerate to one another and generous with our love. May God be with all of you in every moment to carry you through this most difficult time. And may He be with the rest of us to guide us in His footsteps so we know how we can be of assistance to you and your family. This is foreign territory we walk today. Nothing is familiar. The world is a different place. A man we all loved has been taken from us for whatever reason some of us can’t understand. So I pray that our faith carries us through this uncertain time of not knowing and we cling to the one thing we are certain of – God is with each of us in His own way. And Anthony is right there by His side watching us now and helping us to live this life a little more loving. God bless you and your families and may He be so generous as to give us the courage, strength and wisdom to go forward and continue to love. Your Niece, Jeannette Oliver

  20. Delores, Cindy, John, Nick, Chris, Ryan and Maria and all the members of the Pirraglia Family. It is so difficult to be sending this message. I can only remember seeing Anthony when we were kids in the neighborhood, or when we visited your house. I remember talking to Anthony when he finished nursing school. He glowed with a pride and an understanding of what his new role to the world would be. He loved the challenge and proved himself a remarkable member of the medical community. He gave of himself his entire life, to all of you and he left a small piece of his soul with those he cared for. His earthly time is over, but his life will never end, it lives in all who were blessed enough to know him. The Lord gives us many challenges and he gives us the strength to endure them. Take the strength he offers and keep Him and Anthony in your heart always. Anthony you are missed. God Bless Dominic Carpini

  21. Dear Cindy, Chris, Ryan, Maria, all other family members and Buddy, Our hearts break for all of you during this time of loss. Life without Anthony will never be the same. The impression Anthony has left on each person he has touched will never leave. “A light has gone out in our community.” You are in our thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy, Bill, Mary, Jaclyn, and Jennie

  22. Dear Cindy, Aunt Delores and family, there are no words that can express how we feel. All we can say is that we are so sorry and we are praying for all of you. I loved Anthony so much as so many others did. I wish I could be there with you but circumstances don’t allow it at this time. Please know that we love you and share your grief and sorrow for this wonderful man who was taken from us. LOVE TO ALL. Genevieve

  23. I loved anthony like my own brother. I regret the fact I could not see him for the last time. But my prayers go out for him and his family. I’m very glad to have stayed in touch with him. Maybe God wanted him to watch over us. He will be in my heart forever.

  24. I will miss you so much, all the special things about you; your kindness, your smile, your sense of humor. We will be together again one day until then I have my memories.

  25. I can’t express the sorrow that is in my heart knowing that I’ll never see Anthony again in this lifetime, but I know it can’t compare to the loss you have to endure. I hope knowing he is at peace with God will bring all of you peace in your hearts.He touched so many lives with such a giving and loving heart, and he leaves so many wonderful memories for all of us. As my son said to me, “He was such a beautiful man” inside and out and I will miss him terribly. I wish I could have been there for all of you and to say goodbye. All my love and prayers go to all of you. Love, Doreen

  26. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Pirraglia family. I worked with Tony at LifeFlight in Pittsburgh and he was always a great guy. Smiling face, fun to be around and a great family man. My deepest condolensces. Gary Harvat

  27. I worked with Tony all too briefly in Pittsburgh, and my impressions were of someone quiet, knowledgeable, and committed to his work. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and co-workers, both past and present.

  28. Dear Cindy,Chris, Ryan and Maria, My prayers are with you now in this time of sorrow . Anthony is much loved here and will be terribly missed. Call on us anytime for anything as we, together, will face this senseless loss. Through prayer and faith I believe we can overcome our grief so to live with peace in our hearts.. May God bless you and your family. Phil


  30. Our hearts go out to you in your loss. Tony was an example of true compassion of heart and a dedicated humanitarian. His love and inspiration will remain in the lives of all who knew him. His kindness was genuine; his purpose was one of God’s special servants to his fellow humankind. He lived his life for others and though it brought demise to his physical life he will forever live as a powerful voice and a shining star as someone who exemplified unconditional positive regard for all. There is no death, merely transition. Though Tony will not be seen he will forever be felt in the hearts and souls of his family and friends. May God always guide you and angels always guard you through each day.

  31. It was a pleasure to know and work with Tony at LifeFlight in Pittsburgh. My prayers are with the family.

  32. Please accept our heartfelt condolences to all of your family. May Our Lord in his infinite compassion grant you strength and peace as our prayers are with you. Dominic Pucci, Grand Knight Weirton Council #3734 Knights Of Columbus

  33. I am so sorry for your loss. Even though Tony only worked in the ICN for a short period of time, we all remember him fondly.

  34. Dear Cindy and family, There are no words that can adequately express our deepest sympathy at this most difficult time to you and your family. Anthony touched so many lives in so many ways. You’re in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, J, Cindy, Jason and Jared Briscoe

  35. To everyone in the Pirraglia family, We are so very sorry for your loss. Shaun has lost a very special godfather and I hope Anthony will watch over him. Peace be with you all. Love,Gerald, Debbie, and Shaun

  36. Dear Dolores & Family, Our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family in the tragic loss of your son. May God’s infinite love sustain you and your family at this time.

  37. Dear Mrs. Pirraglia, Chris, Ryan and Maria, Our deepest sympathy to you and your family during this difficult time. You are all in our thoughts and prayers daily. Sincerely, Trissy and Anthony

  38. My thoughts and prayers are with the Pirraglia family. I was saddened to hear about Tony’s sudden death. I remember him fondly…..I was in his class of ’72 at Madonna. May God be with you.

  39. Dear Cindy, Weare so sorry to hear of your loss. We were unable to attend the funeral home. Anthony was a terrific guy and we will miss him! You and your family are in our prayers.

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