joann sellitti
Joann Sellitti, 84, of Weirton, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away at her home on Saturday, February 27, 2021. Her family was at her side. Joann was born in Alma, WV, on May 25, 1936. When she was a young girl, her family moved to Weirton, WV. Joann graduated from Weir High School in 1954 and married her high school sweetheart Tony P. Sellitti on December 10, 1954. A feisty girl from Middlebourne, WV, and a young talented, hardworking bricklayer, with an entrepreneurial spirit, Tony and Joann, over the years, built and designed over 600 homes in the Weirton and surrounding areas. In addition to homes, their company built numerous apartment complexes and numerous government facilities, and commercial buildings throughout the Ohio Valley. They developed and built Country Club Estates, Riverview Estates, Bel-Air Addition, and three City of Weirton Fire Stations, JC Williams Center at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, the Immaculate Conception Church, and the Sacred Heart of Mary Convent. They also built Weirton's only private swim club, which their family still owns and operates today. Joann enjoyed golfing with the lady's golf association of Williams Country Club and Pleasant Valley Country Club. She also enjoyed playing bridge with her bridge clubs. Through the years, she had the opportunity to travel to Europe and destinations of North and South America and enjoyed staying at her family's hotel in Lauderdale by the Sea. Most of all, Joann cherished the times she spent with her family. Nothing made her happier than cooking and sharing a meal around her table with her children, grandchildren, and friends. In addition to her mother, Gertrude Spencer Tournay, and her grandfather, James Spencer, Joann was preceded in death by her husband, Tony P. Sellitti, on November 20, 2000. She will be remembered with love and admiration by her children, James J. Sellitti (Dana), Terri Grysko (Gary), Lisa Mogan, and Dr. Tony P. Sellitti (Vicky); her eight beautiful grandchildren, James A. Sellitti, Sheena Sellitti- Dunham (Joshua), Carly, Olivia, and Connor Mogan, Nicolette, Gabrielle, and Tony P. Sellitti, III; and her precious great-granddaughter, Arya Mogan. Joann’s family will have a private family service with Monsignor Joseph Peterson presiding. She will be laid to rest by her husband Tony at Saint Paul's cemetery mausoleum. The Sellitti family would like to thank Lisa Richards and all of Joann’s wonderful caregivers for all the love and care they provided. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Valley Hospice 10686 State Route 150 Rayland, OH 43943. Share tributes and memories at

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  1. So very sorry to hear of Mrs Selitti’s passing. I remember her as always being a very kind and loving person. My family spent many days at Lynwood while they were growing up with so many fond memories. Our deepest sympathy to all of the family. ~Donna and Carl Zahn and family.

  2. Our prayers and love are with the entire Sellitti family. Tony and Joann were great friends and neighbors. They did so much for Ruth and me when we came back to Weirton to start my surgical practice. ✝️🙏✝️💝

  3. Jim and the Sellitti family, sorry to hear of your loss. I have fond memories of JoAnn from my days living at Country Club Estates. Nick Kundrat

  4. I was so very sorry to hear about Mrs. Sellitti. Sympathies to the family. I always remember her as a classy, well dressed lady who truly loved her children and she was their greatest advocate. God bless all of you with peace as you go through your grieving journey.

  5. I am grieved to hear the Sellitti family has lost their matriarch. I was fortunate to have been raised in Country Club Estates and to have known some wonderful families, especially the Sellitti’s. To this day, I know few people that are as kind hearted as Mrs. Sellitti…I am fortunate to have had a great childhood, and thankful to have known neighborhood moms like her.

  6. Our deepest sympathy to all the family. JoAnn was always so very kind. I had the privilege of golfing with her a few times and we always had so much fun. Our Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Larry and Kim Uram

  7. Deepest sympathy from the Battista family! We have a lot of good memories of Joann. She was a kind, giving, fun lady who always had something nice to say to us!! Our prayers are with all of you. May Her Memory be Eternal 🙏❤️

  8. To Jim, Tony, and family. So sorry for your loss. Prayers and condolences to all. 🙏 God Bless

  9. I had the pleasure of meeting Tony and Joann 40 years ago
    And always enjoyed their friendship. A wonderful family,
    Sorry for your loss.

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

  11. My sincere sympathies to the Sellitti family in Joann’s passing. She was such a dear and caring lady, with such a beautiful heart. My most treasured memory of her is the compassion she showed during my husband’s long battle with cancer. She often stopped me to check on him, send him well wishes or just for me to tell him she was checking on him. It’s the little things that make the biggest impact on someone. I always appreciated her compassion and it warmed my heart to know she truly cared. Warren always appreciated her thoughtfulness too. She was a “Special Gift, God Bless her.

  12. Our deepest sympathy to the Sellitti family. Joann was a special lady and we have so many great memories of her and Tony. 🙏🙏

  13. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family as you grieve the loss of this wonderful woman.

  14. 🙏❤️ So Sorry to hear of JoAnn’s Passing ❤️ Sending Lots of Prayers, Love & Hugs to the Sellitti Family as they go through this difficult time ❤️🙏

  15. My deepest sympathy for the lose of such an amazing lady. Sending all my love to Jim and the entire Sellitti family. Love you all, Darlene

  16. Sorry to hear the terrible news of Mrs. Sellitti passing away. Deepest sympathy to the Sellitti family.

  17. Our sympathy to the Sellitti family. Mrs Sellitti was always so pleasant and kind when we would see her at Lynwood pool. A very classy lady. May she Rest In Peace. Mark and Barbara Trushel

  18. To the Sellitti family on the passing of your mother and grandmother, seeing her photo and obit bought back many joyous memories of Easter 1965. Stanley and Mary Jane Tuchalski decided after visiting a home built in the Bellaire Edition that Tony P. Sellitti should build a home there for them. I fondly recall the initial planning meetings between them and your Dad in his home office in Pleasant Valley Estates during those warm spring days that followed once the lot was chosen at 229 South Circle Drive. As a 9 year old interested in construction I would observe the negotiations and marveled at the blueprints your Dad patiently shared with my parents and then with me. My younger siblings often played in the tree shaded yard with some of you, very often under the watchful eye of your Mom. They built us an amazing family home completed just in time to go to school in Weirton by the end of August 1965. That home served our family well in the decades that followed, and our friendship with the Sellitti family followed suit. Many thanks for sharing your parents with us at such a crucial time in the history of our family. It was truly a joyous time for us all! May God continue to bless Joann and everyone who loves her. Walt & Rita Tuchalski Gettysburg, PA

  19. Dear James, Terri, Lisa, and Tony (and all of your family)–On behalf of the Asfour clan, now scattered worldwide, I extend our family’s sympathy on the passing of your mom. Both of your parents have impacted our lives as employers and friends. They were there to witness family celebrations and mourn with us when our dear ones passed on. They shared much with us, including their vacation paradise in Fort Lauderdale and their resources as we built our Weirton homes. Though they achieved the American Dream of owning their own business and financial success, they did so through hard work, never forgetting their humble roots. I will always think of your mom’s and dad’s friendliness and kindness to our family, and pray that though we can’t be there to express our sympathy in person, you realize how important your parents’ lives were in our own.

  20. My sincere condolences on the passing of Mrs. Sellitti. May time heal the sadness that you feel. During these challenging times, know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  21. Jim, Terri, Lisa, and Tony, I wanted to let you know how sorry I was to hear that your mother passed away. My father always spoke very highly of Joann and Tony P. Sellitti, not only as their accountant but more importantly as his friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jack and Maureen Dumbaugh

  22. Jimmy,Terri,Tony & Lisa sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I can still remember the good times we had when we were all together. She was a great lady God Bless

  23. Doug and I are so sorry for your loss. Love that we have some great memories with Grandma Jo. Doug truly enjoyed the times they would sit and talk. Arya was blessed to have you in her life even if she was always stealing your walker. We will continue to shares memories with her so she’ll always remember Great Grandma Jo. Love, Doug & Kellie

  24. Dear Great Grandma Jo, This tree is a symbol of the love we shared and as it grows my love for you shall grow as well with the memories, Love Arya

  25. My sympathy to Joann’s wonderful family. I will always remember golfing with Joann at WCC, the many hands of bridge. The. Couples bridge at WCC, Cranberry Twig, Sunflower and the fun we had at Couple’s Bridge in our homes. You will certainly be missed Joann. Rita Wickham

  26. Joann was a wonderful friend and neighbor with a very infectious laugh. I did not have to know what she was laughing about….. her laugh, just made me start laughing with her. Sincerely Patty & Tom Zielinsky

  27. To the Sellitti family my heartfelt condolences . I knew Joann for many years. She was a wonderful lady. I remember Tony asking me to be her bridge partner a few times at Williams when he wanted to take a break . Had some good times . RIP Joann and God Bless Robert Capito

  28. The Fazi Family (Bert, Sylvia, Burt, and Lisa) It is with heartfelt sorrow that we extend our deepest sympathy to the Sellitti Family. We have many fond memories of good times shared together in Weirton and in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. May all the good memories with your wonderful mother comfort you all in this most difficult time, and may the outpouring of love bring you peace. Her spirit lives on in all of you! Many Blessings! The Fazis

  29. Sending love to Joann’s family. She was such a fun person to be with and so successful in life. The devotion of her children and grandchildren to her is the best tribute any one could ask for in this life. It tells the whole story of what an amazing person she was. God bless her and all the family.

  30. Peace and love to Jim, Terri, Lisa and Tony. I am so sorry for your loss. God’s blessings to you all. With love, Judy Altobell Felman

  31. To Jim, Terri, Lisa, and Tony, and your families: may our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ give you comfort and hope in your time of sorrow. Your Mom was a mom to all of us kids who were blessed to grow up together in CC estates. Nikki and I have fond memories as well as neighbors with your parents as adults. Warm regards, Randy & Nikki, Cary, NC

  32. May god comfort you in your time of sorrow. We will pray for you and light a candle in church. May her memory be eternal. With sincere sympathy love Richard and Angie mahfood

  33. Dear tony Vicki and family. May god comfort you in your time of sorrow. We will light a candle in church for your family. May her memory be eternal. With sincere sympathy and love Richard and Angie Mahfood.

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