February 21, 1927 ~ March 16, 2016
George Veselica, 89, of Weirton, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2016 in the Weirton Geriatric Center, with his loving family at his side.
He was born February 21, 1927 in Harpersville, OH, a son of the late Mike and Mildred Woulitich Veselica. He was also preceded in death by two sisters Mary Miller and Sarah Chlomoudis and his companion of 55 years, Mary Barnabei who died January 6, 2013.
An electrician, with 35 years of service, George retired from Weirton Steel where he worked in the Coke Plant Electric Shop. He served his country with the United States Navy, having served in both World War II and the Korean War.
He was a member of the Holy Resurrection Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church Steubenville, OH; V.F.W. 2716, American Legion Post 10 and the Colliers Sportsman Club.
Young at heart, George in his free time enjoyed roller skating with his sweetheart, Mary, hunting, fishing, bowling and watching his favorite Pittsburgh sports teams, and WVU. But most of all George will always be remembered for his kind heart, willing to do anything for anybody.
He is survived by his daughters Nancy Ann (Ted) Ward and Karen (Robert) Woofter; brothers Mike, John and Rodney Veselica; sisters, Bertha Zerkle , Helen Marino and Mildred Drazick ; granddaughters, Jennifer, Tracey and Shannon (Jay); several great grandchildren including Kori and Skyler Watkins, Dakota Hudson, Halie and Cannon; one great-great grandchild; several loving nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held Sunday 4-8PM at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton, where funeral services will be celebrated 11am Monday.
The Very Reverend Father Rade Merick will officiate.
Entombment will follow at Halcyon Hills Memorial Gardens, Wheeling, WV, with military honors conducted by the American Legion Post 10 Honor Guard and the United States Navy.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church or to the Alzheimer's Association.
Greco Hertnick Funeral Home
3219 Main Street
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To Veselica Family,
My heart goes out to all of you. The love, respect and friendship he gave to my parents and our family is deeply rooted in all of us. I can hear the laughter and arguing between he, Holmes & my dad. Sco, John, Tim and Mark were never able to follow his directions during a pig roast. He touched many lives. We are all better for it. Hugs to all!
May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,
May your memories of George Veselica, give you peace, comfort and strengthâ€¦
Rest now in the arms of our Lord your work on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of…..
US Navy Veteran, George Veselica, â€œA True American Heroâ€ God Blessâ€
â€ Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 â€