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Armeda Joan DiLorenzo, a beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother passed away peacefully on July 13, 2023, at the age of 102.

Born on August 8, 1920, in Burgettstown, PA, Armeda was the daughter of Giovanni and Loretta Zuccaro Bernola, Italian immigrants who instilled in her a strong work ethic and unwavering devotion to family.

Armeda’s early life was marked by tragedy when her father tragically lost his life in a train accident, leaving her mother to raise their 11 children single-handedly. Despite this hardship, the Bernola family left school and went to work to support the family, exemplifying their resilience and determination.

On October 25, 1941, Armeda married the love of her life, Paul DiLorenzo. However, shortly after their marriage, Paul was called to serve in World War II, leaving Armeda to reside with her mother until his safe return. Paul provided for their family by working at Weirton Steel, while Armeda dedicated herself to creating a warm and loving home. Together, they were blessed with two sons and a daughter, as well as a growing legacy of eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.

Faith played a central role in Armeda’s life, and she was an active and devout member of Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church. She attended daily Mass until her health prevented her from doing so, but she continued to find solace by watching Mass on EWTN. Armeda was deeply engaged in our community, belonging to various organizations such as the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Christian Mothers, Four Seasons, K of C Ladies Auxiliary, ISDA Weirtonian Lodge, and the Madonna House. Additionally, she was part of a prayer group, finding strength in spirituality and the power of collective prayer.

Throughout her life, Armeda worked at various establishments, including a diner owned by Sam Kusic , where she met her husband, and Mercy Hospital. However, her true passion lay in the kitchen, where she expertly crafted homemade pastas and biscotti. Her warm and inviting nature was evident in her tradition of ensuring guests never left her home empty-handed. Breaking bread together was a cherished ritual, and Armeda’s Italian basement became a hub of laughter, love, and hospitality.

Armeda will be remembered for her feisty personality, which only added to her charisma and charm. Her legacy of hospitality and dedication to family will continue to resonate for generations to come.

While she was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Paul on Sept 9, 1996, her son, Ronald on August 3, 2019, as well as all her siblings, Anthony, Elmo, August, Edelo, Albert and Julio Bernola, Emily Bobby, Mary Goblick, Alia Bernola, and Alberta Yoho, she leaves behind a rich tapestry of love and memories.

She will always be remembered with love and admiration by her loving daughter, Paula DiLorenzo Harrington (Ted), and her son Robert J. “Bobby” DiLorenzo (Janet), along with her daughter-in-law, Dr. Roberta DiLorenzo. Her eight grandchildren, Paul and Phillip DiLorenzo, Michelle and Victoria Oxley, Cara Netherton, Matthew, Adria, Nathan, and her great-grandchildren, Jessica Bickers (Troy), Peyton and Hayley Netherton, Dominic, Angelo, Gianna, Luca, Lorenzo, and Stavros DiLorenzo, will forever carry her spirit within their hearts. Additionally, her great-great-granddaughter, Charlie Bickers, will grow up hearing stories of her remarkable great-great-grandmother, Armeda Joan DiLorenzo.

Visitation will be held from 2 PM until 8 PM Monday at the Greco- Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM Tuesday at Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Weirton.

Entombment will follow at Saint Paul Cemetery Mausoleum.

Armeda’s life serves as an inspiration to us all—to face adversity with strength, to cherish family above all else, and to embrace the joy of gathering around the table to share life’s blessings.

Her family would be honored if memorial contributions (instead of flowers) be made to the Ronald J. DiLorenzo Scholarship C/O Greco Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV 26062.

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Visitation: July 17, 2023 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home
3219 Main Street
Weirton, WV 26062

(304) 748-3219

Visitation: July 18, 2023 9:00 am - 9:20 am

Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home
3219 Main Street
Weirton, WV 26062

(304) 748-3219

Mass of Christian Burial: July 18, 2023 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church
229 California Avenue
Weirton, WV 26062


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  1. Candle Selection 2Bobby, Paula & Family’s, we are so very sorry for your loss. Your Mother was such a beautiful person inside & out with a heart of gold & touched so many lives especially my parent & ours. They shared a special friendship. May God give you all strength during this difficult time & May your cherished memories bring you all peace & comfort. Heaven gained a special angel.😇
    Love & Prayers, ❤️🙏🏼
    Ferrise Family

  2. I’m so deeply sorry to read of your mom’s passing. Sending my deepest condolences and prayers for your family

  3. Candle Selection 2Dear Paula and family,
    My condolences and prayers go out to you at the loss of your mother. She had the best daughter in you and had a long life. i enjoyed your postings of her and they now become a treasured memory She is at peace her work on Earth completed and I know you will in her footsteps. That’s what makes you special.. Eternal rest.

  4. Candle Selection 7Paula, I am so sad for your loss. I remember you, having grown up on N. 20th St, not too far from where you lived. Marianne M. was our mutual friend. Your brother Ron and I were bandmates at WHS.

  5. Dear Paula and Bobby Jo,

    I have many fond memories of your Mom and spending much time in our teen years at your home. Your Mom always made us “kids” feel welcome. Please accept my condolences for your loss as she joins, with their open arms, your Dad and of course Ronnie into heaven. My love always.

  6. My deepest sympathy for your loss. Armada was my Godmother and I will always remember her fondly. May she rest peacefully.
    Gilda Ruszkowski Vasko

  7. Candle Selection 7Bobby Joe, Paula and family, A very precious soul has passed. We have many fond memories of your mom especially when we lived on View St. A wonderful lady, full of life and laughter. She light up the neighborhood. God blessed you with the love of your mother for a long time and I know you are thankful for that blessing. No matter how long we get to love our mom it’s never long enough. We are deeply sorry for your loss. Sending you love, prayers and hugs at this difficult time. Please know that even though we can’t be with you we are thinking of you and your families and praying for all of you. May God hold you close to His heart. Love Bob & Peggy

  8. To the DiLorenzo family,
    So sorry for your loss. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. God Bless, John Lyonett

  9. My deepest sympathy to Bobby and Janet and the rest of the family.
    It’s so hard to lose Mom. You are in my prayers for God’s comfort and peace.
    Love and Hugs,

  10. Dear Paula, Bobby Joe and Families,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Aunt Armeda was a beautiful person and will always be remembered for her smile and kindness. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers🙏🙏🙏
    Debbie and Dale Tustin and family.

  11. Our deepest sympathy to Paula and all the DiLorenzo family!
    She was a special person,I know even 100 + years, you feel it’s not enough time with them.

  12. Candle Selection 5Our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the DeLorenzo family on the loss of your beloved Armeda. My mom, Dolores Pete, was her lifelong friend. They lived on Adams Street in Holidays Cove in their early years. My mom would often “I wonder if Armeda is still living. I knows she’s in Steubenville.” I Googled her name and we were saddened to see she had passed. She certainly had a good life lived. May she rest in eternal peace.

    Gary and Dolores Pete

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