george baltich
George E. Baltich, 82, of Weirton, passed away Thursday, July 26, 2007 at the Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling, WV. Born September 22, 1924 in Weirton, he was the son of the late Charles and Anna Roksandich Baltich. George was also preceded in death by his brother Pete. George was a loving and devoted husband, and father to his family. He was faithful to see his children raised in the Serbian church. He was a great encouragement to his children and believed in them. He not only had big hands, but he had a big heart. He had a great sense of humor and always saw the best in people. He was well liked by everyone who met him. He never had unkind word to say about anyone. George was an avid golfer and loved playing golf with his brothers and friends on Fridays and Tuesdays. George served in the US Navy during World War II aboard the USS Nassau aircraft carrier as a gunner. After his service to his country, he spent time in Jacksonville, Florida playing football for the navy. He was recruited by Notre Dame to play football and by the University of North Carolina and Duke to play basketball none of which he opted for. Instead he gave 44 years of service to Weirton Steel where he retired from. He worked as a Foreman in the Construction Department. He was a master carpenter and was gifted with his hands. He unselfishly gave of his time and talents to many but especially to the Serbian Church and Men’s Club. For many years he gave his Wednesdays in the summer to making barbeque chickens at the Serbian Picnic Grounds. He was a member of the Holy Resurrection Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church, Serbian Men’s Club; V.F.W. 2716; The Evert Maki American Legion Post 10; WSX 25-Year Club and the Serbian National Federation. Survivors include his wife Sarah “Sikey” (Lalich) Baltich of Weirton; daughters Lynn Baltich of Pittsburgh, PA and Dawn Baltich Noble and her husband Dr. William E. Noble of Valley Grove, WV; brothers Bronko of Lakeland, FL, Charles of San Bernadino, CA, Dan, Mitchell and John Baltich all of Weirton; sisters Nancy L. Baltich of Weirton and Jo Ann Thompson of Lakeland, FL. The family will receive friends Sunday 1-3 and 6-8 PM at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton where the funeral services will be conducted 10:30AM Monday. Reverend Father Steve Rocknage will officiate. Interment will be in the Serbian Cemetery, Weirton, with military graveside services conducted by the American Legion Post 10 and Weirton Honor Guard.. George’s last days were spent on the 4th floor of the Ohio Valley Medical Center. The family would like to thank all those who cared for him during that time. The staff and management of 4 West went above and beyond. They were full of compassion and fun and were the greatest bunch of caring professionals. Memorial contributions may be made to the Serbian Men’s Club or to the Weirton Christian Center. Share tributes with his family at

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  1. Sikey, and the Baltich family, I am so sorry to read about George’s passing. He really was a gentleman and I can attest that he had a big heart. My God be with you all in this sad time.

  2. The Baltich family, George was a true friend of the Hamill family. He was a great athlete and I remember him playing basketball. I also remember him from Weirton Steel. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. sincerely, Carl and Jerry Hamill

  3. Sikey, Dawn, I am so sorry to read that George has passed. Please accept my sincere sympathy. George was a good, sincere man. Vecnai Pamjat. Love, Jimmy

  4. We send our condolance to all the Baltich family. George was a good man and left a large footprint on the community of Weirton.

  5. Dear Baltich Family,I can think of no one that did more for the people of Weirton and the Serbian people in particular than George. He did this by example of the life he led. He will be missed but never forgotten. Coke

  6. Sending my deepest heartfelt condolence to the Baltich Family. Hearing of Georges passing this morning brought me a heavy sadness. I knew George as a good and kind man with a great sense of humor. Sadly missed but long remembered. Jimmy Allen and Family

  7. Dear Sikey, Dawn & Lynn, George was a special person that God shared with us for a short time on this earth. I am so glad that he was a part of my life growing up in the church. His kindness, smile, and humor will be missed. His heart was as big as the world. When I look down from the choir loft every Sunday before George got sick I felt as though my dad was still with us. George and my dad tought our Son Nicholas a lot at the picnic grounds Now our dads are together Bar-B-Qing lambs in heaven waiting for their families to celebrate Gods gift of life. I feel blessed to have known George. My prayers and thoughts are always with you. May God bless your family at this sad time. May George’s memory be eternal. Vecnai Pamjat Love, Mary Lynn & Jerry

  8. Sikey, Dawn and Lynn, Donna and I are deeply saddened to here of George’s passing. We share your grief and pray the peace of God that passes all understanding. Remember what Jesus said to Martha in Bethany,”I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live”. How proud you must be to have had George as a husband and father. What a great role model and foundation for your family. You will be in our prayers. Vecnai Pamjat Peter & Donna Pavkovich

  9. Hi Dawn, I am so sorry to hear about the death of your father. I know how hard it is- my dad died in February. Take care, my thoughts are with you. Janice

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