margaret petrelle
Margaret E. Petrelle, 88, of Weirton, passed away Thursday, February 13, 2020, at the Weirton Geriatric Center. Born August 14, 1931, in Pettorano Sul Gizio, Italy, Margaret was a daughter of the late Vincent and Rosa Crugnale DiFonzo. She was also preceded in death by her husband Joseph Petrelle on February 10, 2001, and her brother, Andrew DiFonzo, on August 15, 2007. Margaret was a homemaker, taking care of the home as her husband worked as a structural engineer at Weirton Steel. Life centered around their children and grandchildren, and they always cherished the time spent with family. Margaret and Joe loved to travel, and always looked forward to the annual family vacation at their timeshare in Massanutten, VA. A tradition that still carries on today. She was a member of Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Christian Mothers, Four Score Seniors, and the Thursday Morning Breakfast Bowling League at Steel Valley Lanes. Margaret will be remembered with love by her two sons, Michael J. (Sharon) Petrelle of Leland, NC, and Joseph C. (Terri) Petrelle of Walkersville, MD; her daughter, Loretta (Tim) Lescallette of Weirton, WV; her sister, Patricia (Dr.David) Blanc of Weirton, WV; her eight grandchildren, that meant the world to her, Logan and Carly Lescallette, Adam (Erin), David (Ashley)Lindsey and Connor Petrelle, Elizabeth (Kevin) Fink, and Emily (Isaac) Liller; a great-grandson, Thomas Petrelle, and a great-grandchild on the way. Visitation will be 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM Saturday, at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main St., Weirton. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 AM Saturday at Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church. Rev. Father Tony Thurston will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Paul Cemetery, Weirton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer Association Research 225 N. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60601 phone 312 335 8700 Margaret’s family would like to thank the Weirton Geriatric Center Alzheimer’s Unit for all the love and care they provide over the years. Share tributes and memories at 304 748 3219

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  1. Margaret’s love for her family and friends was enormous. I will always cherish my memories of her. Her loving light will remain strong through her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. “Your light is your truth-that spark of joy, happiness, love and the unchanging state of internal peace.” May her love surround you now and bring you comfort.
    Cindy Van Horn

  2. I love you so much Nonna. I’m so happy you are finally with PapPap now, I know that is what you always wanted. Your family will forever miss you but we will always be reminded of your love, compassion, and yes, how mad you used to get at me ( I still swear I didn’t cheat at that game of 500). I know it was only because you saw parts of yourself in me and you pushed me to be better (although I couldn’t be prouder when people make comparisons). Thanks to you Nonna, I have a family that I love and would do anything to take care of. You taught me that family was the most important thing in life and that has been a part of me in every decision I have ever made in my life. I am who I am because of the incredible example you and PapPap set for me and the rest of our family. Words cannot describe how much I miss you but I also know that no one is remembered with fonder memories. We can’t have a family gathering without sharing at least one (normally more) story about Nonna and PapPap and how much family meant to them. I know I will be telling the story of the day we were pulled over by the police and locked the keys in your car until the day that I die. And on that day, I cannot wait to be reunited with one of the most important people that shaped my life, my Nonna. Until we met again, I love you and cherish every moment we had together. Tell PapPap I love him and I can’t wait to see you both again!

  3. Patty and family: I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your sister. I feel your pain and our hearts are broken forever. I will keep your and your family in my prayers and again Patty, I am so sorry.

  4. My Aunt Margie was not only my Aunt and Godmother she was my 2nd Mom. When I was young I would tell her she wasn’t ever allowed to die. The first 7 years of our married life was spent living across the street from her and Uncle Joe. Those were the best years knowing she was right there and would stop the world for me if she could. So many years have passed and I knew this day would come but she has been gone years ago. My heart is sad but she is finally with Uncle Joe, Nana , Papa and your brother. She is home. 😢❤️

  5. Dear Petrelle Family, Your mom/sister was a neighborhood treasure. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Our Deepest Sympathies. Sally & Joe Naret

  6. To Loretta and family, Please accept our heartfelt sympathy upon the passing of your mother. I have memories of her being our Bluebird troop leader. Sincerely, Michael & Toni ( Orlando) Gurskey

  7. We got to meet Marge only once and it was over 30 years ago. But we’ll never forget how warmly she welcomed us into her home as family. Also that delicious spaghetti dinner she made for us! Kevin and Irene Wrenner

  8. My husband, Warren Wrenner, and I met Joe and Marge at Rose Wrenner’s funeral in January 1990. They were a wonderful couple and we spent some time together at different times after that. Unfortunately I did not learn of Marge’s passing earlier this year until just a few days ago. She was a lovely lady and I’m glad I got to meet her,

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