josephine messer
Josephine “Sophie” Messer, 73, of Weirton died Wednesday April 27, 2005, at the Weirton Medical Center. She was born on February 6, 1932, in Philadelphia, PA, the daughter of the late Peter and Josephine (Olbrys) David. Sophie was also preceded in death by her brother, Zymont Olbrys and one grandchild. Sophie was a homemaker. She was a member of Sacred Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, Christian Mothers, the Rosary Society, and the PNA Lodge 301 She is survived by her husband, Bryon L. Messer, whom she married on Nov 19, 1949; her three daughters, Linda Hurley of Weirton, WV, Lorraine Messer of Jacksonville, NC and Diane McKenney and her husband Larry of Jacksonville, NC; 3 grandchildren, Bridget McKenney, Eric Marshall, and Timothy Hurley; 1 great granddaughter, Regan Marshall; her step mother Eugena David of Binghamton, NY. Visitation will be 2-4 & 7-9 PM Friday at the Greco Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated 10:30 AM Saturday at the Sacred Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, Weirton Interment will follow at Saint Paul Cemetery Weirton, WV Memorial contributions may be made to the Sacred Heart of Mary Church or to the Epilepsy Foundation. Share tributes and memories with Sophie’s family at

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  1. Tim and Family, Sorry to learn of the death of your grandmother. You have our deepest sympathy and are in our thoughts and prayers. Ashley Simich & Family

  2. My Heart goes out to you, you have our deepest sympathy, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. So sorry about your loss,if we can do anything to help you through these sorrowful times feel free to call 282-8342 Bob and Carol

  4. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother, My heart goes out to You and your Family in this sorrowful time. God Bless You All.

  5. Diane, I am so sorry about your loss, I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Take good care, if there’s anything I can do, let me know. Elsie

  6. As we all continue to go through life we will always remember those who touched us most..even though I only met your mother once her daughter Diane has been a great influence on me and I am sure those traits came from her mother..may she rest in peace.

  7. To all the family of Mrs. Messer – I want to express my deepest condolences on the passing of Mrs. Messer. She is in a better place with no suffering or pain and those of us left behind must remember all the good things that have been shared with her. With much love to all – Connie Pugh

  8. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I lost my father last year and I know how empty you feel when you lose a parent. May God hold you and your family close to his heart during this period of great loss.

  9. Sorry for the lost of your wife and mother. My prayers are with you at this sad time. From experience I know the pain of losing a mother no matter what your age, what helps me is remembering the good times we shared. God bless you all.

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