helen ferrari
Helen Ferrari, 94, of Weirton, passed away on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, after a very brief illness. The youngest of nine children, Helen, was born in Weirton, WV, on October 20, 1927, to Eli and Mary Zivko Yanjanin. She graduated from Weir High School with the Class of 1945, where she was a majorette in the Weir High Band. On July 19, 1953, she married her high school sweetheart from the Class of 1946, Norman D. Ferrari, Jr. A Colonel in the United States Air Force, Norman practiced Law in Weirton, was the Weirton municipal judge and assistant prosecutor and magistrate for Hancock County, and Helen took care of their home. In their 54 years of marriage, they were blessed with two children and four grandchildren, eventually a great-grandson and two more great-grandchildren on the way. Sadly, Norman passed away on January 23, 2008. Humble, generous, selfless, and the epitome of class, Helen cherished the times she had with her family. She enjoyed attending all their activities and events. They were the essence of her life. Helen was a member of Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Weirton, where she nourished her faith, and the ISDA Weirtonian Lodge. She will be remembered with love by her son, Dr. Norman D. Ferrari, III (Nancy) of Morgantown, WV; a daughter, Mariann Weimerskirch (Regis) of Weirton; four grandchildren, Elizabeth Ferrari, Thomas “T.J.” (Dr. Jennifer Zatezalo) Weimerskirch, Nicholas (Bailey) Ferrari and Danielle (Bobby) Littleton; her great-grandson, Marko Weimerskirch, and her great-grandchildren on the way Jovan Weimerskirch and Layla Littleton. In addition to her parents and her husband, Helen was preceded in death by her brother, Charles Yanjanin, and her infant sister, Rose Yanjanin; stepbrothers, Mike and John Lazich; and stepsisters, Mildred Brkanovich, and Ruth Vezmar. Additionally, two infant siblings died at birth Visitation will be held Friday 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV. Masks will be optional if vaccinated. Let your comfort level be your guide. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM Saturday at the Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Weirton. Entombment will follow at Saint Paul’s Cemetery Mausoleum. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Share tributes at www.grecohertnick.com

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  1. So sorry for your family’s loss!! She was such a kind soul!! Love, hugs and prayers to all!!🙏🙏🙏❤❤❤

  2. Sending condolences to the Ferrari family. Your mother was the epitome of a loving wife, mother and friend. I have been blest to know both Helen and Norman. Rest in peace and let the eternal light shine upon her.

  3. She was a great”Lady” and fine example to our parish community. May the angels greet her at the gates of heaven.

  4. Our heartfelt sympathy to her family and friends. She was the nicest lady. I am so sadden to hear this news. I always appreciated her visits with my mother Lena. Linda and Jim Metcalfe

  5. My heartfelt sympathy with the loss of such a lovely lady. Such a kind women. Prayers for Norm, Marianne, family and her friends. I truly appreciated her visits with my mother Lena.

  6. Dr. Ferrari and Family: Our hearts are with you and your family during this time. May you find comfort in the love you shared together.

  7. Dear Norm, Marianne and families our deepest sympathy. She was truly the nicest lady. She was also the ultimate Mother. We are sorry for your loss..

  8. Sending all of my sympathy and love for the family members of Helen during this time. I know how deeply she loved her family and how much she will be missed. At a family wedding recently, my boyfriend, Jake Ferrari, and myself were blessed to share a sweet moment dancing with Aunt Helen to Country Roads. She had the biggest smile the whole time; I will forever cherish that moment and many more with her.

  9. I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful family she leaves behind. My prayers are for peace that passes all understanding and eventually joy when you recall the many happy experiences. She was so proud of all of you.

  10. Dear Trip, Marianne & Ferrari family. Your mother was a GEM. She reminded me so often of the special friendship she had with my mother. They shared many “long” phone conversations & travels with children. They truly were/are “2 peas in a pod”. I have fond memories of our families celebrating holidays together. Her family was everything to her. She shared pictures & stories with me when I saw her in July. She was a true blessing. I love your mom & I miss her. Grace and Love, Cindy Pirraglia

  11. Mariann, Trip and family, I am sorry sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was a wonderful women and I have many fond memories. I found these pics that I thought I would share.

  12. So sorry that my dear friend had passed away. She will be missed by family and friends. R I P and I will think of you when our Steelers, Pirates, Pens and W V U are playing.

  13. Ron and I can still see your parents dancing at our wedding in 1989. Your mother was classy in a green dress and had such elegance . Years later, she had that elegance about her, even at Kroger’s. Your father was more than a mentor, he was a force always making sure I took the right path. That’s why I started calling him “stormin Norman”.. even when he was magistrate… just not when he was on the bench. They danced with grace and joy all through life. Sharon Bogarad

  14. To Norman, Mariann and families, our heartfelt sympathy in regards to your mother’s passing. She was a lovely lady. Sincerely, Michael and Toni ( Orlando ) Gurskey

  15. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends. I just had the pleasure of celebrating my cousin Cheryl’s birthday with her. May God bless her family at this difficult time. ☦️✝️☦️

  16. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss… Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  17. Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your beautiful Mom – The children of John and Irene Grossi – John, Tanya, Tim, Teresa and Tina & spouses

  18. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  19. Dear Norman, Mariann, and Family… It was a privilege to know your Mom (and Dad, too). I will always have fond memories of Helen. She was loving, accepting, and truly one of the kindest people I have ever met. With sympathy and love, Greg Weimerskirch

  20. Dear Mariann and Norman, I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was such a lovely person. Such a great loss to you. Take care

  21. My condolences to her family and friends. I have many fond memories of Helen and Norman . She will be missed by many.

  22. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

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