frank decaria
Frank "Keener" DeCaria, 69, of Weirton, WV passed away Monday December 29, 2014. Born on January 22, 1945, in Steubenville, OH, Frank was a son of the late Bruno and Maria Concetta "Connie" Maruccio DeCaria. Keener received his master's degree in education from the Duquesne University, in Pittsburgh, Pa. An outstanding teacher, Keener was employed by the Pittsburgh Public School System, prior to joining his family as a co- owner and operator of the International Market in Downtown Weirton. In his retirement years, Keener worked with the West Virginia State Boxing Commission, where he was a judge, and Boxing Commissioner. Keener also coached the Weirton Madonna High School Golf Team, where he and his assistant, Jim Pauchnik, led his team to the OVAC Championship and to the WV State title match. In his free time, Keener enjoyed playing with his granddaughters, playing cards, and going to Atlantic City with his family and friends. He also loved caring for his dog and feeding all the wildlife in his backyard, He was a member of the Knights of Columbus 3734 and the Past President of the Saint Joseph Holy Name. Keener is survived by his wife, Deborah Schrockman DeCaria of Weirton, WV; a daughter, Conchetta and Christopher Bell; two granddaughters, Carmen and Chloe Bell all of Washington, PA; two brothers, Anthony and Alice DeCaria ; Vince and Marsha DeCaria all of Weirton, WV; and several nieces , nephews and cousins. Visitation will be Friday 2-4 & 6-8PM at the Greco Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 AM Saturday at Sacred Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 200 Preston Avenue, Weirton, WV. Rev. Fr Anthony Thurston will preside. Interment will follow at Saint Paul's Cemetery, Weirton. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Hancock County Animal Shelter or to Sacred Heart of Mary Church. Share tributes and memories at 304 748 3219

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  1. Mr DeCaria was my 6th grade teacher at Morse School in Pittsburgh in ’69-70. He was a wonderful person who taught us so much more than just school,he taught us about life. He made me smile so many times.We went to see him many years later at his store and he recognized our group of girls right off. We had lunch at his home and met his family. He was such a great guy who gave us all so much more than we could of ever given him . May he Rest in Peace. God bless Frank… Memory Eternal t

  2. So sorry for your loss. The DeCaria’s were always part of the Davis family…Keener was in my sister Jeanney’s (Cheryl) class, Tony in mine and Vincent in my brother’s. Blessings and comfort to you all.

  3. Debbie, so sorry for your loss. Please let my family know how we can help – our families go back a long way. Our prayers are with you.

  4. The Lord called one of his most beloved angels home today. I can say that I knew and loved the most caring, thoughtful,generous,unselfish,giving,man on this earth. It was my pleasure to have known you, you helped everyone, and put everyone else’s needs in front of your own, you never liked to receive a gift because you liked being the giver. You will never be replaced. When I was at a low moment you came and got me and made me get up and move on, and I will never forget that. When you were sick you never stopped worrying about others. You always made my bday special , and you never forgot my s/f van iced coffee every morning. I’m heartbroken that I’ll never see again but I’m at peace because I know you were ready to go home and I know your already in heaven. When it’s my time I hope you’ll be at the gates waiting for me. Rest in peace my dear, dear friend. You were truly an angel that walked among us.

  5. So sorry for your loss of a wonderful person. I lived next door to Frank and family while growing up. Prayers are with the family.

  6. Debbie and family, you have my deepest sympathy on your loss, I have very fond memories of Keener while in high school and from shopping the International Market. Frank will be sadly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


  7. Debbie and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Let your memories carry you through the difficult times ahead. God Bless you and My thoughts and Prayers are with You and your Family.

  8. Debbie and Conchetta,

    My dearest sympathies to you. But just know he’s in a better place and he is no longer suffering. I know it’s hard right now and it will be for a while but just know your friends and family are all here for you to share in your sorrow and also to share memories of times when things were good as well. Just remember we will all be reunited again, so this is only goodby for now. I send my love. <3



  9. Dear DeCaria family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers and comfort from our family. God Bless!! Vince and Marsha please know we are thinking about all of you at this time.

    John and Lois Newcomer Herlihy

  10. Debbie & family, you have our sincere sympathies at this trying time. We will always remember Keener as a friend & also a business associate. He was a real character…..funny & good to do business with when we had Weirton Wholesale. May he rest in peace.

  11. Keener was a great guy.part of my best memory of him was at my uncle lawerences house when he was in college .he came home with a handful of boxes of cream pies.brought two more t.v.sets down to live ing room so he my father and cousins could watch three games at one time.and eat mom called him a butterfly in italian.he was funny and sweet and im sure will be missed.god bless and keep his family at this time.he will be missed.

  12. My sincerest sympathies to the entire family, especially Debbie. I pray for comfort and strength in the days to come. God bless you.

  13. Debbie, please know that you and the DeCaria are in my prayers. My deepest sympathy Debbie…..

  14. I’ll never ever forget that Keener handed out canned tomatoes on Halloween. 🙂 or how much he loved you Chetta. Prayers and hugs DeCarias as you honor a special guy. Xo

  15. Our condolences to the DeCaria family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    God Bless,

    Bill & Paulette Galiotos

    Minnie Bogdan

  16. Our condolences and prayers to all the DeCarias I know keener will be miss. Your thoughts will be with you in the days to come

    God blesee

    Mark visconti

  17. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. Frank was always great with my mom as he was to our family. God Bless all as he awaits our arrival home to our Heavenly Father.

  18. Always a friend to my family. A good man, welcoming, funny and generous. He’s the face I see in my head at the old store we loved so much. RIP Keener. Our sincere condolences.

  19. Dear Decaria Family, my thought and prayers are with you.. Being an employee in the Deli, I became to know all of the Decaria’s.. Such a great family to be around.

  20. Every time I saw Keener, he made me laugh! I loved going to the International Market because I always left there smiling. The DeCaria Clan is like no other, and Keener was a leader, an entertainer, and a most loving family man. To all the family, especially Debbie, Concetta, Tony, and Vince, Greg and I send our condolences. We are with you in spirit as you celebrate the life of this unforgettable man.

  21. Debbie and Conchetta,

    We cannot imagine the great loss you feel at this time. Each life Keener touched through out his own life will be paid forward tenfold. He educated, he mentored he guided and he loved and he lived life to its fullest. He was such a gracious person to all of his family and friends. Keener will be missed and all of the great memories he made with all of his family and friends will live on forever. If you need anything at all, please don’t hesitate to call.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Joe and Cindy Magnone

  22. Dear Debbie, Conchetta & Family

    So Sorry to hear of Keener\’s passing. When I worked at International Market he was the best boss and friend. He was always concerned about everyone even when he himself was having problems. He was loved by everyone and will be missed.

    Even though miles separate us, please know that our arms are around you and comforting you at this sorrowful time.

    We love you

    Bernie & Susie Kobily

    Deltona, Fl

  23. Debbie and Conchetta,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Keener was such a great guy and funny. He will be missed. Prayers our with you and all the DeCarias.

    God Bless,

    Pam (Romeo) Boni

  24. Dear Debbie,

    We are so sorry for your great loss! Sorry we are unable to be there with you. You and all your family will be in our prayers at this difficult time. May oKeener rest in peace and God be your strength.

    With our sympathy,

    Tom & Kathy Hirkala

  25. Keener was a great classmate at Madonna and a good friend. He was Loved by Everyone.. My Prayers and thoughts are with you and your entire family… Very Sincerely , Jeffrey F Ticich

  26. Debbie and Conchetta,

    Our hearts go out to you! I remember coming over for sleepovers and Keener always keeping us “on our toes”, making us laugh 🙂 He also loved that dog like NO other! 😉 Your family was always so welcoming and kind to me and my family, the Sacred Heart and later Madonna connections. Thinking of you and ALL of your family during this tough time. Love you all xoxoxo

    Amy and The Alvaro Family

  27. Mr. DeCaria’s Family,

    My deepest condolences to all of you on the loss of your beloved Frank. He was my teacher at Morse Elementary School in Pittsburgh, PA in the early 70’s. He was a great teacher but a better man and taught us more than the 3 R’s. He would take us places (like the park or bowling) and would stay after school to play basketball or wiffle ball in the school yard. He was like a big brother to many, a father like figure to some. He was and is still loved and talked about. His memory will be eternal as he has touched the lives of many of his former students more than he realized. Thank you, Frank we are all better people for knowing you. God bless!

  28. To the entire Decaria family, So sorry to hear of the passing of Keener. Always a total gentleman. Was a tremendous pleasure working with the gang at International Market back in the 70’s. Sorry I was under the weather. RIP Frankie. Karl Hatala

  29. Debbie & Conchetta, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families during this time.

    Ron & Julie Ann

  30. Dear DeCaria Family, We are so sorry for the lost of one of your best. Our families go back so so far. Please accept our deepest sympathies to the DeCaria Family

    Mike and Dolores Ference Koper

    Jean Ann Ference Custino

    Ann Marie Ference Leferink

    Mary Jo Ference Otey

  31. Dear Debbie, Vince and DeCaria family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Keener. Just found out that he had passed away! He was a GREAT guy, and will always be remembered.

  32. Sorry to be late on this but just found it on the internet. My condolences to Frank’s entire family on his passing. And of course I’ll remember him in my prayers. Frank was in my class at Madonna High and we doubled for prom. The last time I heard from him was around 1984 by letter. My cousin married into the DeCaria family and my Mom and I knew the Shrockmans. So may God bless your entire family.

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