joseph francis
Joseph E. Francis, 84, of Weirton, WV died March 26, 2008, at the UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh, PA. Joe was born on October 14, 1923, in Uniontown, PA a son of the late Michael V. Francis, Sr. and Pauline Kubacka Francis Tarowsky. He was also preceded in death by his two brothers, Franklin (Yeast) Francis and Edward (Hack) Francis. Joe retired from Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corporation, where he worked as an Industrial Hygienist. He graduated with a degree in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in 1951, and his love for learning never ceased as he graduated with a degree in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration at the age of 80. Joe was a member of Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, the K of C 3734, and the Fourth Degree Assembly. Joe is survived by his wife, Jean Mostowski Francis, whom he married on September 11, 1948; his three sons, Thomas P and Susan Francis of Green OH; Richard J. and Nancy Francis of Weirton, WV, and David A. and Jean Francis of Hudson, OH; his two brothers, Michael (Junior) Francis of Follansbee, WV and John and Wanda Francis of Weirton, WV; six grandchildren, Michael, Kevin, Jessica, Stacy, Bethany and Benjamin Francis. Visitation will be 4-8 PM Friday at the Greco Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street Weirton. Funeral liturgy with mass will be celebrated 10 AM Saturday, at the Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Weirton, WV The Fourth Degree Assembly Honor Guard will stand guard at the church. Rev. Fr. Dean Borgmeyer will preside. Interment will follow at the Saint Paul Cemetery, Weirton. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity. Share tributes at

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  1. Dear Jean and family: I am so sorry to hear of Joes passing. I have such fond memories of Joe and enjoying our young days as guest at your house and how gracious you all were to our family. I had so much fun personally with David and Ricky and Tom running around while we visited. I enjoyed talking business and rentals with Joe as I got older and he knew of my background. God bless all of you please be safe. Rich

  2. Dear Tom, Susan, and boys, We extend our deepest sympathies. Please know that we are thinking of each and every one of you as you deal with the loss of this special person in your life.

  3. To Joe’s Family, I am saddened to hear about Joe’s death, but will always remember his great sense of humor and laughter. He and Jean were always so lively and their spunk and energy was great to be around at a young age. Joe always presented himself as reasonable, perceptive and intelligent. Heartfelt condolences go out to Jean, his sons and family.

  4. Dear Jean, Tom, Rick, David and families, Joe was an incredible man. How we enjoyed his sense of humor. He was such an intelligent man. Gary and Joe and I talked for 45 minutes at K-Mart in early December. He told us to invest overseas and move there too! All the good times at Aunt Pauline’s through the years made for great memories. Also, the times spent at your home was fun, too. Joe was proud of his wife, sons and wives, and grandchildren. He kept us up-to-date with all the wonderful family events. Joe will be missed, but always in our hearts! Barbie and Gary

  5. dear dave and family, I am sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I’ll always remember his distinctive laughter and his knowledge of so many subjects. My deepest sympathy to your entire family and may God bless.

  6. Dearest Jean, Tom, Rick & David Oh my, you all have my deepest condolences. I think about the old days from time to time and I remember Joe was a great guy, I loved talking to him, he was so interesting. Tom has had a lot on his plate with his father-in-laws passing and now his father. May God Bless and keep you all strong during this difficult time. Kindest Regards,

  7. To joe’s Family.Iam sorry to hear about Joe,I met him for only one time at Malik Francis wedding,Ispoke to him about Lebanon and Tanbourite .Iam from Tanbourite Lebanon. God Bless you all

  8. To joe’s Family.Iam sorry to hear about Joe,I met him for only one time at Malik Francis wedding,we talk about Lebanon and Tanbourite and our families.Iam from Tanbourite Lebanon. God Bless you all

  9. Joe was a great friend to my dad, Yabo Perhacs. He will be missed. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

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