gust palavis
Gust A. Palavis, 93, of Weirton passed away Saturday January 3, 2009, at the Weirton Geriatric Center. Gust was born on April 28, 1915 in Weirton, WV, a son of the late Anthony and Virginia Pandelios Palavis. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Rosemary Palavis Kellison; his grandson, Kirk Palavis; his great granddaughter, Sofia Palavis; and his brother, John Palavis. Gust retired from the Strip Steel Restaurant, where he owned and operated the business in downtown Weirton from 1954 until 1987. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II. Gust was a member of the All Saint Greek Orthodox Church, Order of AHEPA , B.P.O.E. 1801 and the V.F.W. 2716. Gust is survived by his wife, Sophie Barbush Palavis, whom he married on June 16, 1940; his son, Nick Palavis of Weirton; his daughter, Toni Kaye Palavis of Newport Richey, FL; his sister, Marika Palavis Darlack of Sykesville, MD; five grandchildren, Nicole, Anthony, Tonia, Trisha, and Amy; and his twelve great grandchildren. Visitation will be 2-4 & 6-9 PM Tuesday at the Greco Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV. Additional visitation will be Wednesday 9 AM until time of Funeral Services at 10 AM at the All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, 3528 West Street Weirton, WV. Reverend Father Frank A. Milanese will preside. Interment will follow at the Chestnut Ridge Cemetery, Florence PA A Trisagion Service will be held 6PM Tuesday in the funeral home followed by the Order of AHEPA Service at 6:30 PM. Memorial contributions may be made in Gust's memory to the All Saints Greek Orthodox Church PO Box 128 Weirton, WV 26062. Share tributes and memories at

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  1. Nick and Toni and family, Sorry to learn of your Dad passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Sincerely, Jerry Hamill

  2. We are saddened to learn of Uncle Gus’ passing away. He will live on in our memories with his warm smile, quick wit, and easy manner. He was always very welcoming and so happy to see me when I visited. He made me feel like a million bucks. All our love and sincere condolences to Aunt Sophie, Uncle Nick and the whole family. Love, Eric and Stephani

  3. Aunt Sophie and Uncle Nick- My sincerest condolences to you. Uncle Gus was a great man and he will be sorely missed, but he has left a beautiful family to carry on his name and memory. Jason Matthew

  4. Sophie,Nick,Toni and family: How we have all dreaded this time but only find comfort in knowing he’s at peace. To know how much he accomplished with his life simply by knowing the vast number of people who sincerely loved this man for his kindness and compassion towards others.All the staff here at the Geriatric Center considered it a sincere privelege to have been able to know and care for him. And we all know he’s in heaven saying,”I know I love this place!!” His memory will always bring us a smile!!! Sally and Shelbi Palmeri Staff of 3rd floor Extn

  5. Nick and Family, I’m sorry to hear about your Dad. I didn’t know him,but he must have been a wonderful man, because he sure raised a great son. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  6. Deepest sympathy to the entire Palavis family and special greetings and love to my childhood friend, Toni. Sincerely, Valerie Evans Minor

  7. Dear Toni and Family, Please accept our deepest sympathy in the loss of your father. May you all find comfort in the many pleasant memories of your family times. With love and caring, Michelle (Monezis) and Mark Valentine

  8. Nick, Nicole and family, We extend our sincere sympathy on the death of your father and grandfather. We will be thinking of you. The Trushel Family

  9. Dearest Palavis Family, My deepest sympathy is extended to you upon the loss of your loved one. My memories of the Palavis family are loving, as your home & hearts were always warm & open. May your fondest memories sustain you. God bless each of you.

  10. Daddy, you would be so happy with your family! We were all able to give you a beautiful send off… thanks to the great warmth and comfort of John Greco and staff at Greco-Hertnick. Daddy, you sleep all nestled in a lovely white soft-pillowed poplar bed. I know you would be so pleased with the reception Mr. Greco afforded all your family and friends. The All Saints Greek Orthodox church family all turned out including the choir for the wonderful service performed by your “buddy”, Father Frank. Mom was an angel (as usual) and Nick was (and of course will always be) her rock in your absence. It’s not good-bye, Daddy, it’s “tha se tho avrio”! I love you sooo much. Your loving daughter, Toni

  11. I will always remember Dad walking into the Piano bar with his walker and as soon as he heard my music, he started dancing. That’s how I always want to remember him. Big Smile and saying “Charlie My Boy” I’m going to miss you….

  12. Our Prayers, Sympathy and Love are with you and your family in your time of loss. If there is anything we can do you know you can still contact us. The door is always open. Love in Jesus, Pastor Ron and Lori Genna (Jeremiah 29:11)

  13. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Your Daddy is in a better place. We are happy and blessed to have met your Daddy when he was here. We love you. Bob & Mary

  14. Toni and family, We are so sorry for your lost our prays thoughts will be with you. May the God that passes all understanding be with you. Ted And Luanne


  16. Dear Toni, Just learned of your dad’s passing and it is with heartfelt sorrow. I always cared for Gus. My thoughts to the entire family. still fondly, Bill

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