gus diniaco
Gus G Diniaco passed away September 2, 2011 at his residence. He was born Sept 1, 1927 in Steubenville, Ohio, the son of the late George and Siestine Diniaco. His brother, Jim, also preceded him in death. In the real estate business for over 50 years, Gus started in sales in Steubenville in 1949 and opened his own office in 1954. He decided to go into appraising and became licensed as a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser in WV, OH and PA. Gus joined the WV Tax Commission as an appraiser and became supervisor of appraisers in 1959. He continued his own business working for several local banks as well as individuals or organizations needing his services for residential or commercial properties. In 1989, he retired from the state but continued his private business until 2001. He was also an advisor for the International Association of Assessing Officers and taught classes for the Society of Real Estate Appraisers. Gus was a merchant marine in the Great Lakes and went on to serve in the US Marine Corp. He was a proud member of the Rotary Club until recent years and was past president of Weirton Rotary in 1977 and past district governor of #7530 in 1992 and 1993. He was also a member of the All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, the Ahepa, Weirton chamber of Commerce, and the Paul Harris Fellow. He is survived by his wife Penny Stakias Diniaco; daughters Tina Gaston and her husband Larry of Colliers, WV, Chrys Diniaco and her husband Floyd Stokes of Atlanta, GA; Grandson, Cody Gaston; and Brother, Louis Diniaco and his wife, Kalope of Steubenville, Oh. Visitation will be 3 � 7 pm Monday at the Greco Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main St., Weirton, WV. Additional visitation will be from 10 AM to 11AM the time of the funeral service at the All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, Weirton. Interment will be at The Union Cemetery, Sunset Blvd, Steubenville, Ohio, with Military graveside services conducted by the American Legion Firing Squad. The family would like to thank Dr. Ray Greco for all his years of wonderful care and friendship and the Valley Hospice Staff, especially Amy and Judi for their care giving and love shown to our beloved Gus. Memorial contributions can be made to Valley Hospice, 10686 State Route 150, Rayland, OH 43943.

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  1. Dear Tina, Larry Joe, & Cody, So sorry to hear about Mr. Diniaco’s passing. Want you to know you are always in our thoughts. Love you guys!

  2. Tina & family, So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. May you all find peace & comfort in his memory. Sincerely, RJ & Becky (Bowman)Baldauf & children

  3. Penny and Family, We are saddened to learn of Gus’ death. He will long be remembered by many folks for a variety of reasons. I remember him respectfully for his dedicated service to Rotary, particularly for the establishment of new clubs in our panhandle. May he rest in peace.

  4. Dear Penny and family, Gus will be greatly missed by his friends in his “family” of Rotary. Please accept our sincere condolences and prayers for You and the rest of Gus’ loved ones. We will never forget the wonderful times we have shared with you folks, and his jovial nature. God bless and keep you.

  5. Dear Penny and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers at this very sad time. Sincerely, Roberta

  6. Dear Mrs. Diniaco, I was so sad to see that Gus had passed. I remember as a new Rotarian what a wonderful person he was and how he could make me laugh. On behalf of all the members of the Rotary Club of Weirton we wish to express our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Gus will be missed and remembered for his wonderful gifts of kindness and devotion to his family and friends. Our Deepest Sympathy, JoAnn Babela, Rotary Club of Weirton, President


  8. Dear Penny,Chrys,Tina and family,Gussie was one of my favorite people.Always funny,always himself.I was blessed to have him in my life.God Bless youall in this time of sorrow.My love and prayers are with you all today

  9. Tina, Larry and Family: We are so sorry to hear about your loss, our prayers and thoughts are with you in this difficult time. sincerley, Tina and Chuck Elliott

  10. Dear Tina and family Please accept our heartfelt and understanding sympathies in the loss of your father. He was such a kind hearted soul!! May God hold you in the palm of his hand and may your multitude of loving memories sustain you through the coming days. Love and God’s Blessings Scott Natalie Zach and Noah

  11. Dearest Tina, Larry and Cody: Thinking of you and praying you will find the strength you need to get you through this. Take comfort in knowing that he is in a better place. Cherish the memories as they are forever. We love you, Jess, Danette, Jeremy and Tyler

  12. Gus was a beloved Rotarian, a past memeber and current Honorary member of Rotary Club of Weirton. He serveed Rotary well being the Ditrict Governor in 1992-93 and he was instrumental in starting many Rotary Clubs and active in many Rotary functions in the District. Besides that, He was a kind man who lived by the ideals of Rotary and put “Service Above Self”. Please accept condolences on behalf of all the Rotarians in District 7530. He will be missed. May God Bless his family. Ed Powell Rotary Governor District 7530 2011-12

  13. Dear Tina, Larry & Cody, So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your father’s memory will live forever in your hearts. May God wrap you in his loving arms and bring you comfort and strength during this most difficult time. With Deepest Sympathy, Tom, Donna, Lauren, Erin & Josh Marosi

  14. Dear Family…..Rotary International and all our Rotary D7530 is saddened by the loss of Gus. It is my privilege to have shared “only a moment” of Rotary time knowing PDG Gus. As a fellow Past District Governor (2008-09), I remain in awe of the “good” Gus is known for. Regards to the family….PDG Rick Reese, Grafton, WV

  15. Penny: Sandy and I extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We enjoyed our Rotary association and work with you and Gus and thank you for that service. May Peace and healing Grace be with you.

  16. To the family of Gus Diniaco, My sincere sympathy. Gus was a wonderful man. His sense of humor and bright smile made your day.(Court House days). He was an assett to our community as well as the Greek Chruch. It was an honor to have known him. May his memory be eternal. With Love and Respect, Trish Kapiris-Hatzisavvas

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