g. decaria
G. Lawrence DeCaria, 94 of 101 Valley Way, former owner of International Market, died Monday, June 26, 2006 at the Weirton Medical Center. He was born November 26, 1911 in Vallelonga Calabria, Italy, a son of the late Francesco and Teresa Garisto DeCaria. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Angelica Dato DeCaria and his nine brothers, Guiseppe, Francesco, Salvatore, Vito, Antonio, Bruno, Monsignor Vincezo, Domenic and Fortunato DeCaria. He was an owner, along with is brother, of the original International Market that opened its doors in the late 1920’s. He was a recipient of the Weirton Sons of Italy Heritage Award in 1994 and the Community of Vallelonga Award in 1997. He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, St. Joseph Holy Name Society, AARP and a past member of the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce. Surviving are his sons, Frank L. and wife Sheila Doherty DeCaria, Joseph A. and wife Nancy Peretic DeCaria, Frank J. “Keener” and wife Debbie Schrockman DeCaria and Anthony J. and wife Alice Morelli DeCaria; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held Tuesday 7-9PM and Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9PM at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton, WV. Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated 11AM Thursday at St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church. Interment will follow in St. Paul Cemetery. Share tributes and memories with his family at www.grecohertnick.com Funeral Home: Greco Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV US 26062

Memories Timeline


  1. I love ya Nonno and you will be greatly missed by everyone. We had such great memories and good times together growing up. Thanks for everything you did and all the special memories you made. You will never be forgotten. Love, Lorenzo

  2. Keener, Debbie and family, We are sorry to hear of the loss of your father. May God grant you peace and comfort during this time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Jeff, Reshel, Garrett & Carter

  3. Dear Frank, Sheila and family, Please accept our sincere sympathies on the passing of your Father. What a wonderful legacy he leaves! Debbie, Jim and family

  4. Our deepest sympathy to all of your families. What a generous and kindhearted man. It was a pleasure to have known him. With sympathy and prayers, Aaron, Michelle (Pauchnik) and Hannah Buterbaugh

  5. I’m very sorry to hear of Mr. DeCaria’s passing. I’ll never forget him. My deepest sympathy to the DeCaria family. Dawn (Rossi) Bell

  6. My deepest sympathies to all of Zio Lawrence’s family. I am so glad I was able to say good bye on Sun. night. Thank you Zio Lawrence for dancing at Maria’s wedding just 2 months ago. I’ll never forget that day at the beach also!! You leave me with so many wonderful and funny moments over the years. I will miss you.

  7. Happy Birthday Zio Lawrence! Thank you for being a part of our special day. We miss you and know you are still as happy as can be! Keep an eye on all of us!

  8. Zio Lawrence – please watch over all of the DeCaria family…I will deeply miss your dance moves and your wonderful signinig talent…I will never forget putting sunscreen on you or having lunch with you at your house…you will forever be known as the cantaloupe man and in my heart you will never be forgotten. The laughter and smiles that you brought to so many lives are memories that will always be shared. Your love of life was a gift from God that so many people were touched by. Thank you for the great memories and you will be greatly missed. My love to all of the DeCaria family from Tampa (I am sorry that I could not be there with you during this time.)

  9. Tony, Alice, Bruno,Ed, and all the rest of he family, You all have my deepest sympathy, he was a very sweet man and none of us can forget “International”. May he rest in peace. Rita and Family

  10. Nonno you have no idea how much i’m going to miss you and everything about you. I’m so glad to know that your with nonni and your brothers right now because i know how much you couldn’t wait to see them. I love you so much and you will forever live in my mind. Love Angela

  11. Dear Keener, Debbie, Conchetta and all of the DeCaria family,we extend our deepest sympathy. Our prayers are with you at this time. Your father will be fondly remembered as a sweet kind man. Jeanie & Jen McHenry

  12. Keener, Debbie & Conchetta Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with you and your family…May the Lord hold you close and bring you comfort at this time of sorrow. Although miles separate us, we still hold you very close in our hearts…

  13. To the entire Decaria family, I am so sorry for your loss of such an important family member. Your memories will get you through this time of sorrow. May God Bless you and keep you.

  14. To the entire Decaria family, I am so sorry for your loss of such an important family member. Your memories will get you through this time of sorrow. May God Bless you and keep you.

  15. To the DeCaria Family, You all have our deepest sympathy in the passing away of Lawrence. We have the fondest memories of him as we shopped at the memorable International Market. He certainly left a great legacy with his family. God Bless you and keep you during this grieving time. Stan & Fran


  17. Nonno, it’s hard to believe you are really gone. Everyone is going to miss you so much. I know you are happy now with Nonni and all of your brothers, but you still need to keep an eye on us! I love you so much and you will always be in my heart. Love, “Adra”

  18. From one grocery store family to another, the DeCarias were saints as well as good business people. Weirton will miss them!!!! The Divichs

  19. To the DeCaria family, Words can’t even begin to express my sadness for the passing of the last of the “brothers”. When I was much younger, my best friend of all time, Maria, and I would take the bus downtown and stop in the store , always greeted with love, kisses and of course food. Some of my favorite memories were standing in front of the store during the 4th of July parade , just to see them and to enjoy the company of all of the Decarias. We would make it a point to walk all the way up there because that was the only place to watch the parade. It seems like yesterday that Zlawrence was dancing at Adiranna’s wedding. But most of all , I feel such a warm, close bond to the family…from Maria, to my favorite cheerleader, Adriane, to Vince, Marsha, Chetta and Rita and of course our favorite Bruno. There are so many more I can’t even begin to name them. But I think of every one of them with deep love and affection. Twins, we love you. To all the rest of this wonderful family, God bless you and comfort you now. When I lost my Dad almost 3 years ago, I thouhgt it was the end of the world. But we go on because we have families of our own now and thats how they would want it. I love all of you and you will be in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you!! Stephanie, George, Stephen and cara Gaich

  20. DeCaria Family: My deepest sypmathy at the passing of your Father (etc.) He helped make this city the great place it once was and the International Market will always be a part Weirton’s rich history. I am very sorry I was unable to share my condolences in person because I have great respect for the DeCaria family, Lawrence, and cherish the friendship of each you. Once angain please accept my deepest sympathy and may God Bless each and every one of you. Phil

  21. De Caria Family, Lawrence(Mr. DeCaria) was a wonder-ful man. He always had a good word for everyone. They don’t make them like him anymore. Our sympathies to all of you. The Carpini’s

  22. Nonno- I hope you enjoyed the words spoken at the mass. We wanted you to know how much you were loved by ALL of us. What a wonderful family you made us and we are so greatful for your fun spirit that was with us until the day you left. You are with Nonnie now and I’m sure you are so HAPPY. You made everyone smile and I’m sure you are doing the same thing for everyone up in heaven. We will miss you so much but everytime the family gets together, your stories and memories will proivde us much laughter and love. I miss you and love you. Your granddaughter, Dawn-a (as you used to say)and Joe

  23. Dear Frank and Shiela and all the DeCaria Family, I am sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. DeCaria. You all have my deepest sympathies. I am out of town visitng family but my thought and prayers are with all of you.

  24. Dr. DeCaria, Deepest and most heartfelt sympathy from my wife and I at this time of loss for you and your family.

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