earl barnabei
Earl Barnabei, 81, of Weirton, died Thursday, March 13, 2003, at his residence. He was born July 14, 1921 in Dennison, Ohio, son of the late Joseph and Maria DiBattista Barnabei. Earl was also preceded in death by a son Earl Michael Barnabei, brother Anthony Barnabei and sisters Ida Rasicci and Angela Gaffoli. After 20 years of service, Earl retired from Weirton Steel where he worked as a carpenter. He also was a self-employed contractor. He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, the Brotherhood of Wine Makers, Knights of Columbus 3734, the Fourth Degree Assembly of the Knights of Columbus and the St. Joseph Holy Name Society. He is survived by his wife Pauline San Giovanni Barnabei of Weirton; one son Joe Barnabei and his wife Patti of Weirton; two daughters Charlotte Smedley and her husband Larry of Paris, PA and Theresa Barnabei of Tucson, AZ; sisters Anna Pellegrino and Margaret Caralla both of Weirton and Assunta Marchionne of Italy. Earl also has 6 grandchildren Andre, Bianca, Liana Barnabei and Katie Coyer and her husband Jeremy, Erin Convery and her husband Neil and Colleen Smedley. Visitation will be 7 -9 PM Saturday and 1– 3 and 7 – 9 PM Sunday at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton. A Rosary will be said at 7:00PM on Sunday at the funeral home, with the Knights of Columbus and St. Joseph Christian Mothers. Funeral liturgy with Mass will be celebrated 10 AM Monday at St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Weirton. Rev. Father Stephen Dube and Rev. Father Edmondo Stabene will preside. Entombment will follow at St. Paul Cemetery in Weirton. Memorial contributions can be sent to Valley Hospice, 380 Summit Avenue, Steubenville, OH 43952. Share tributes with his family at www.grecohertnick.com. Funeral Home: Greco Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV US 26062

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  1. Earl will always have a special place in my heart. Even though Earl said when you are over 70 that people should not cry when you pass away because you have lived long enough,my heart is tearfull today. My condolences go out to Pauline,Charolette,Joe and Teresa. Your Life Long Neighbors and Extended Family, Mark, Janeen, Noah and Evan Capriotti.

  2. Dearest family Ted and I were sorry to hear about earl pauline i sent you a card but please tell the kids they had a wonderful father and i am going to miss that man but he is up there passing out his wine and we all know who is there with him god bless you all and we will see you all when we get back peggy and ted

  3. Joe,Patty, Liana and family! We are deeply sorry about the loss of your father and grandfather. If you need anything at all please dont hesitate to call! Love, The Chappells Liana~ Hey hun! You know I am always here for ya if ya need anything!!! Love ya!-ali-

  4. Sorry to read of Earl’s death. You have my prayers as well as those of my parents. We are traveling this weekend. Carol Hudachek and Joseph and Edna Hudachek

  5. Joe and Charlotte, My sympathy to your families and to your Mother. On the several occassions I shared with your parents, I couldn’t help but notice their happiness and the way it effected those around them. I enjoyed your Fathers’ sense of humor, he brightened up my job more than once. Francine Hauldren

  6. Dear Joe, Patti, and family, We thank you first of all for the beautiful card and message when my dad passed away recently. I called a couple times to thank you and ask about Joe’s Dad but didn’t get through. I’ve been very busy with my mom as you can imagine so please know that you’ve been in our thoughts and prayers. We extend our sincerest sympathy and can surely understand your grieve. Remember, celebrate your father’s life and find comfort from all the fond memories (such as building your new home with him). Love to all, Sandi and family

  7. My sincere condolences to Pauline and family. As Earl enters the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ, rest assured that he is renewing aquaintances with a special lady who lived across the street from him. I’m reflecting on the lives of both of them at this moment. Donnie

  8. Pauline & Family…We would like to express our sympathy to all of you. Earl was a wonderful person and he will surely be missed by all of his friends. Frank & Dora Notni

  9. To Aunt Pauline and my dear cousins: I have so many wonderful childhood memories of our family times together. Everything from endless amounts of tomato sandwiches, to slumber party style sleeping on your living room floor, to the unforgetable trip to Sea World in Uncle Earl’s work van. That trip is probably the most memorable for me. Our summer vacation was always a trip to Weirton. As I grew older, I began to understand just how precious those times were and how they shaped my sense of the importance of family. I have truly been blessed by being a part of this family. My heart is broken, as a part of that family is gone from this earth, but Uncle Earl will always be alive in my memories. I love you all!! You are in prayers. God bless. Love, Anne Marie

  10. Aunt Pauline and family: Every year when I plant my garden, I use Uncle Earl’s wisdom and techniques that he has taught me over the years and he has said at times that I may have better looking tomatoes than he did!!!!! Every year when I plant my garden I will think of him. I will also miss his expert wine making. Great childhood memories will live on forever in our hearts. You are very special to us and love you like our own.

  11. Dear Aunt Pauline,Charlotte,Joey and Theresa, I am so sorry to hear of Uncle Earl’s passing.I have so many fond summertime memories of all of you.My thoughts and heart are with – Uncle Earl was a wonderful man and uncle.He will be truly missed.

  12. I recall and am grateful for the many wonderful events I shared in the Barnabei home. Earl always made me feel welcome. Gail

  13. I am so sorry to hear of Earl’s death. I have many wonderful memories of times I spent in the Barnabei home. I am grateful that he opened his home to me while I was in Weirton.

  14. Charlotte Smedley….So sorry to hear of your father’s passing. My prayers are with you and your family at this time……..Mary Freeland

  15. our sincerest condolences,esp to Aunt Pauline, and cousins Charlotte,Joe,and Theresa

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