bessie zatezalo
Bessie Zatezalo, 94, of Weirton, died Monday, December 14, 2020, at the Carriage Inn of Steubenville. She was born in Weirton, WV, on July 22, 1926, to Joseph and Ann Dragovich Pievach. Bessie grew up in Weirton and graduated from Follansbee High School. After high school, she worked for Ohio Bell as a telephone operator. On June 26, 1954, Bessie married Nick “Yabo” Zatezalo. Yabo worked for Weirton Steel and Bessie took care of the home and their two sons. They were blessed with 66 years of marriage. Bessie and her husband Nick nourished their faith at the Holy Resurrection Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church where they were very involved. Nick sang in the choir and took care of the picnic grounds and Bessie taught Sunday School and printed the Church Herald for many years. She was a member of the ladies KCC Vidovdan. In her free time, Bessie enjoyed baking and playing Scrabble with her sisters. Most of all Bessie will be remembered for her selfless, giving, and caring nature. In addition to her parents, Bessie was preceded in death by her husband, Nick “Yabo” Zatezalo, a little over a month ago, on November 7, 2020, her son, Nick Zatezalo, on November 5, 1995; sisters, Mildred Marovich, Dorothy Pievach, Sarah Cacic, Mary Pievach, and JoAnn Keserich; and her brothers, Theodore, Mike, and Eli Pievach She will be remembered with love by her son, Donald Zatezalo, her daughter in law, Becky Zatezalo, two granddaughters, Dr. Lindsay (Mike) Kalata, and Julia (Ian) Porter; great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Max Kolata.; and her brother, Charles (Judy) Pievach. Visitation will be Wednesday 4-7 PM at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV Additional visitation will be 10 AM until the time of funeral services at 11:00 AM Thursday at Holy Resurrection Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church, Steubenville. V. Rev Father Rajko Kosic will preside. Interment will be in the Serbian Cemetery, Weirton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Holy Resurrection Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church. Share tributes and memories at 304 748 3219

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  1. So sorry Becky, Lindsay and family. I always loved seeing Bessie at the hairdresser. We always had some great talks.

  2. Donald, so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. So soon after your dad. Please accept my sincere condolences at this trying time. May she and your father rest in peace together.

  3. Donald, so sorry to learn of the passing of your mom and your dad. How difficult that must be to lose both parents in such a short period of time. I’ll always remember coming to your house as a kid. Your folks were so nice to me. May the Good Lord strengthen and bless you during this tough time. Please take care.

  4. Donald , I am so sorry to hear about your mom. This year has been unreal. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  5. Donald and Becky So sorry to learn of your mom’s passing, especially so close to loosing dad. It’s a blessing that they are together knowing how much they loved one another. That they being such true icons of the church, they will be sorely missed. Sorry this weather has kept us away from the viewing and the funeral. You have our sincere condolences. George & Diane Vukelich

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