Edward Anthony Gialluco, of Weirton, WV a dedicated and resilient man whose life was a testament to hard work and service, passed away on October 11, 2023, at the age of 93.
Born on January 17, 1930, in Steubenville, OH, he was a son of Attilio and Anna Laurino Gialluco.
Edward, known affectionately as Ed, was a true community stalwart. He graduated from Weir High School in 1948, where his athletic talents shone brightly, earning him letters in football and basketball. His exceptional skills on the football field led to an offer to play for Bear Bryant at the University of Kentucky.
Ed’s dedication to his country was evident when he served in the United States Navy during the Korean War, contributing four years of his life from 1951 to 1955. After his honorable discharge, he joined the Weirton Police Department in 1955, marking the beginning of an extraordinary 33-year career in law enforcement. He was appointed to establish the Weirton Detectives Division in 1960, and he retired from the force with the rank of Lieutenant in 1988.
In addition to his distinguished career, Ed was a parishioner of Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church. He was a member of the American Legion Post 10 and a past president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 84. Ed’s passion for football was unyielding, as he held season tickets to the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1970 to 2020. He was recruited as Madonna High School’s first assistant football coach. Ed was also an avid college sports fan and enjoyed following the West Virginia Mountaineers and St. Bonaventure Bonnies.
Ed faced numerous challenges throughout his life, starting from a young age. He worked tirelessly, helping his family, and gaining a strong work ethic that he carried with him into adulthood. His early jobs included working on a produce truck with his father, shining shoes, setting up bowling pins, picking apples, and delivering ice. His career path also took him to the Pennsylvania railroad track gang, railroad car shop, and more. His resilience and determination were truly remarkable.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Nicholas and Richard Gialluco, sister Angela Antonelli, and grandson Harry John Ciccarelli, III.
He will be remembered with love by his wife, Nancy Hughes Gialluco, and their children, Gregg (Christina) Gialluco, Lynne Ciccarelli, Gary (Darla) Rogers, and his sister Loretta Seese. Ed’s legacy continues through his six grandchildren, Megan (Matt) Gialluco Tobin, Brian Gialluco, Sara (Dan) Pulice, Lauren (Brian) Vance, Gary and Mike Rogers, and four great-granddaughters, Caroline Pulice, Freya Vance, Finley and Oakley Rogers. Ed also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 PM on Sunday at the Greco Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main St., Weirton, WV.
Family and friends will recite the rosary at 7:30 PM on Sunday at the funeral home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM on Monday at Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Weirton.
Rev. Fr. Bill Matheny will preside.
Interment will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Steubenville, where military honors will be conducted by the United States Navy and the American Legion Post 10 Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post 10.
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Mass of Christian Burial: October 16, 2023 10:00 am
Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church
229 California Avenue
Weirton, WV 26062
The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Edward Anthony Gialluco 's name.
American Legion Post 10
3140 Pennsylvania Ave.