emanuel starvaggi
Emanuel Starvaggi, of Weirton, WV, passed away on January 8, 2021, at the Weirton Medical Center. He was 77 years old. Emanuel was born in San Angelo, Sicily, on February 16, 1943, one of five children born to Francesco Paolo and Giovanna Saporito Starvaggi. Emanuel lived in the small town of San Angelo until he was fourteen years old when his family moved to Barcellona, Sicily. Emanuel attended school in Barcellona and also learned how to be a barber. When Emanuel was 19 years old, he traveled to Sydney, Australia, where his brother Joseph and Lola Starvaggi lived. Not knowing the language was difficult at first, but Emanuel found work in a factory that manufactured airplane parts. He was the factory’s hairstylist. He also was a waiter in a private club as he went to school at night to learn the language. In 1966, Emanuel purchased a round trip ticket to the United States of America to visit his aunt and uncle in Weirton, WV. While in Weirton, he fell in love with a secretary who worked for his Uncle Mike, they dated, and on September 23, 1967, he married Teresa DeCaria. Emanuel worked at Starvaggi Industries, he spent a year learning at Weirton Madonna and went to Business College. He soon became an American Citizen, and he and his wife Teresa were blessed with two children, Michael and Angela. Through their 53 years of marriage, Emanuel and Teresa were blessed again with four grandchildren. In the early '70s, Emanuel's brother and his family came to America. After years of working for their uncle at Starvaggi Industries, Emanual and his brother Joseph went into partnership and purchased Ice Products, Inc. The corporation consisted of three companies, a small grocery store, a skating rink, and an ice plant. In 1993 Emanuel and his brother sold the business. Soon after, Emanuel sold the business. Emanuel's entrepreneurial spirit had him teaming up with William "Bill" DeLorenzo, where they owned and operated EpiCenter, an adult care facility for residents with mental handicaps. An astute businessman throughout his life, Emanuel was finally able to reap the rewards of all his hard work by semi- retiring. Nothing made Emanuel happier than when he was with his friends and family. His friends were just like family to him. He welcomed them into his home, where he could share his passion for cooking and conversation as good food and drink were shared around his table daily. Emanuel also loved to join his friends Romie Castelli, Ed Klee, and crew for Saturday breakfast. He also loved traveling, with Robert Capito and their wives, golfing with the guys in Myrtle Beach, and attending Steeler games on Sunday. Emanuel was a member of Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Holy Name, Knights of Columbus 3734, where he was the captain of his bocce team, and a member of the Italian Cultural Club. Most of all, Emanuel will be remembered as a compassionate, trustworthy, loyal friend and family man who left an indelible mark on those who were blessed to be part of his life. In addition to his parents, Emanuel was preceded in death by his sister, Michaela Scolaro. He will be remembered with love and admiration by his wife, Teresa, his son, Michael and Jean Starvaggi; his daughter, Angela and Jeff Brncic, his grandchildren, Sophia, Tony and AnnaMarie Starvaggi, and Domenic Brncic; his brother, Joseph Starvaggi, and sisters, Maria Ceraolo, and Francesca Monterosso; sister in law, Lola Starvaggi, and the many friends who were like family. A private visitation will be held on Monday at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV. Friends and family are invited to his Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday at 10:00 AM at Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Joseph the Worker 229 California Avenue Weirton, WV 26062, or to Saint Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Emanuel will be laid to rest at Saint Paul's Cemetery in Weirton. Fortunately for all of us, he never used the second part of his round-trip ticket. Share tributes at www.grecohertnick.com

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  1. I remember Emmanuel and his Breakfast group back in the day. They were definitely a happy group of friends. Sympathy to you and your Family. Shelley Gutwald

  2. I was lucky enough to have Emanuel call me his friend! Our Saturday morning breakfast group was always a lot of fun. Romie will have to mark his turn “paid in full”. May the angels come to meet him in paradise. Rest In Peace my friend.

  3. A wonderful human being. My prayers and deepest sympathy to his family and friends❤️🙏

  4. What a wonderful and moving memorial! Emanuel will forever live in my memory as a man whose smile never faded; a man who was always looking to feed someone good food! As 17 year olds working at the ice plant, I will always remember the amazing hoagies that Emanuel would make for me and Paul at lunch time. My condolences to Teresa, Mike and Angela, as well as, Joe, Lola, Paul, Mark and extended family. His memory and smile will forever live my heart. Aurelio Stella & family

  5. I’m so sorry for your loss Teresa . My heart goes out to all of you . Emanuel was such a great person . Praying for all of you .

  6. We are so sorry for your loss Teresa and family. Emanuel was such a wonderful man and did wonderful things for our church and community. 💔

  7. Oh, Teresa, what a shock it was to hear of Emanuel’s death. What a lovely man he was (and the best landlord we ever had). I so miss my friends in Weirton and it breaks my heart to know that I’ll never see that smiling face again on my trips back home. Donald and I send heartfelt sympathy and love to you and your family.

  8. We will always have wonderful memories of the times spent with you and Teresa, they were always fun and joyful, Rest In Peace, dear friend….💔🙏💔

  9. After reading his obituary, Emanuel had a very full life. He was blessed. RIP. My sympathy goes to Theresa and her family. God Bless you.

  10. I was very fortunate to be on the receiving end of Emanuel’s kindness, generosity and fabulous home-cooked meals. He always made me feel welcome and nicknamed the two of us “The Outlaws”…my memories are embedded in my heart. Rest in peace dear brother-in-law…thank you for being a big influence in my life. Salute’… until we meet again…

  11. Our hearts & prayers are with Teresa, Michael & Angela and their families during this sorrowful time. Emanuel will be sadly missed by all who knew him; his smile, his friendliness, always so kind will always be remembered. May he Rest in Peace. Sincerely, Mike & Marlene Runkel

  12. I’M SO SORRY! for your lost Teresa , and to the Starvaggi family…I will miss Manny very much he was A GOOD GOOD ! MAN..My prayers for. You&family.

  13. Deepest sympathy to Teresa and family. I worked with Emanuel many years ago at Starvaggi. He was a very kind and wonderful gentleman. May God bless you and give you comfort. Mary “Tess” Hudek Thompson

  14. An uplifting and inspiring friend to all who knew him. You will be greatly missed, Emanuel, but your memory will be everlasting. Our most heartfelt sympathy to you Teresa, Mike, Angela, and families. May he forever rest in the peace and the glory of our Lord. Sending prayers to all of you🙏💓🙏 Love, Domenico, Gina, Sofia-Teresa, Lucia, and Valentina

  15. Emanuel was such a great guy, it was always such a gift when I ran into him. I can’t express how much he will be missed. I was gifted just to know him. I wish to express my condolences to Emanuel’s family and all of his friends who will miss him as well.

  16. My Uncle Emanuel will always hold a very special place in my heart. He was so sweet and funny, even arguing with him was fun! My family and I will miss him terribly – his smile, his laugh, his life lessons, his wisdom, and being his helpers in the kitchen. Aunt Te, Mike, and Ang, we love you all and are thinking of you and your families.

  17. Teresa, I was so sorry to hear about your husband passing away. May God give you and your family peace and strength during this very difficult time. Mary Ann Orecchio

  18. Teresa, we were so sad to hear of Emanuel’s passing. Although I only worked with him at Starvaggi’s for a short time in 1975-76, we became fast friends. His smile and kindness were contagious! He was truly a gentle-man. May God grant you and your family comfort. Fondly, Walt and Rita (Cantini) Tuchalski, Gettysburg, PA

  19. Emanuel was a great landlord. We will miss him very much. Our condolences to his family. Mr. & Mrs. Michael Snyder

  20. “When the light of one friendship after another makes it’s way from earth to heaven, we kindle in place thereof the glow of some deathless reality.” Mary Baker Eddy My sincere sympathy to the entire family. We enjoyed our business friendship, H. Lee Kinney, UniBank

  21. We will always have fond memories of Uncle Emanuel’s garden- and especially the peppers. I hope this tree gives back to the Earth like he did.

  22. our thoughts and prayers are with you all! With deepest sympathy and love, Huberta & John “in spirit” Siciliano and family

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