margaret wallace
Margaret C. Wallace, 89, of Weirton, a role model and leader to many women seeking a career in business, passed away Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Wheeling, WV. Born May 13, 1919 in Follansbee, WV, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Carmela Ciccolella Cocco. She was also preceded in death by her husband John D. Wallace, brothers, Dominic, Mario and Leo Cocco and sisters Kathleen Basile and Elvira Olivetto. Until she was 80 years old, Margaret served as President of Alco's Store in Follansbee, WV. She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Weirton Woman's Club, Garibaldi Club and the Business & Professional Women of Weirton (BPW) where she served as president in 1980 and 81 and was honored as the West Virginia Woman of the Year in 1979. In 1998, Margaret chaired the 50th anniversary celebration of the Weirton BPW. She was active in the BPW blood analysis program, and the Weirton Kiwanis where she volunteered to assist with the yearly auctions. Secretary of State A.J. Manchin named Margaret an ambassador for West Virginia. Mrs. Wallace is survived by her sons John D. Wallace of Colorado Springs, CO and William Wallace and his wife Christine of Wheeling, WV; daughters Carmela Sheposh of Wintersville, OH, Jacquelyn Anetakis and her husband George of Weirton and Elizabeth Pacella and her husband Gary of Stroudsburg, PA; 17 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren and sister-in-laws Betty Cocco of Follansbee, WV and Kathleen Wallace of Steubenville, OH. Friends will be received Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton. Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated 10AM Saturday at St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church. The Reverend Father Dean Borgmeyer will officiate. Entombment will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Weirton. Memorial contributions may be made to the BPW Scholarship Fund or to the Saint Joseph the Worker Church. Share tributes and memories at

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  1. Dear Jackie and Family, We were so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother and Grandmother. We all know how special those two words are in our lives. May God comfort you at this difficult time. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Frank & Joanna DeCesare

  2. Dear Wallace Family, I was sorry to read of Margaret’s passing. She was a role model for me in BPW. Her presence has been missed at meetings and events. My thought and prayers are with you. Carol Hudachek

  3. Dear Jackie,George,and Family, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. You are both in my prayers and God Bless.

  4. Mrs. Sheposh, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. Sincerely, Bill & Tammy Wounaris

  5. Wallace Family, My deepest sympathy and love to all of you for the loss of such an amazing woman. I wish I could be there to help comfort all of you. Your faith and the Lord’s love will ease your heart’s pain. You are in my thoughts and prayers! Love, Cory

  6. Dear Jimmy, We extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family in the passing of your grandmother. You are in our thoughts.

  7. from 2005 to 2006 i worked at wyngate and i helped take care of your mother. to me she was a beautiful lady. my heart goes out to your family at this time. god now has another beautiful angel. my son timothy evens was in mrs,sheposh’s class and he sends his sympathy too

  8. To the family of Margaret Wallace. On behalf of the Bereavement Ministry of Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, your parish family extends their deepest sympathy to each of you. Margaret, in loving memory, will be enrolled in the church’s memorial fund. Many blessings-Bereavement Ministry Saint Joseph the Worker Christian Mothers

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