maurice witkowski
Maurice F. Witkowski, 91, of Weirton, passed away peacefully Monday, April 25, 2011 at home. Born July 20, 1919 in Steubenville, OH, he was the son of the late Joseph and Agnes (Krosky) Witkowski. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary; 2 brothers, Joseph "Lefty" and Edwin Witkowski; 5 sisters, Elizabeth, Martha, Agnes, Marie, his twin, and Louise. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was employed by Weirton Steel in the Transportation Department. Maurice is survived by his daughter Marcia and Stan Wodnicki; son Rick and Deb Witkowski; grandchildren Mark (and Charlene) Wodnicki of Weirton, and Shari (and John) Cain of Moon Township, PA; three great-grandchildren, Noah Wodnicki, Owen and Alaina Cain. Loved by many and affectionately called "Papa," he will be sadly missed but fondly remembered as a true storyteller, a man who greatly appreciated jazz/swing music, and a show-stopping performer at family functions. Friends will be received Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton. Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church followed by military graveside services at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Weirton. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph the Worker Church, Weirton. Share tributes and memories at

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  1. Marcia, Ricky, Stush, Mark, Shari Deb, and Charlene: I am sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Please know that you are in my thoughts. I know there isn’t much I can say or do to ease the pain you feel right now, but my heart is with you. May it comfort you to know that so many people care and are thinking of you and your family at this time. Love, Donna

  2. Dear Marcia & Stan, Rick & Deb, We send our deepest sympathy. Your father was such a sweet & happy man, always with a smile on his face. I will miss seeing & talking with him. How proud he was of his family. We are unable to be with you during this sad time,but please know you are in our thoughts & prayers. Love & Friendship, Marlene & Mike Runkel


  4. Deb & Rick, so sorry to hear of Mr. Witkowski’s passing. You both and your family are in my thoughts & prayers. Christine Zucosky Kelly

  5. Rick & Deb, we all love you and know your dad will be sorely missed by all. Peace & Love as always. -The Workman family

  6. Rick,Deb and Family, The deepest sympathy to you and the family for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you. The Mack Family

  7. Dear Rick, You have my sincere condolences on the loss of your father. May your memories give you strength and May the comfort of God help you during this difficult time. You are in our prayers now and in the days ahead.

  8. Dear Rick, Deb and Witkowski Family, So sorry to hear of the loss of your “Papa”. We pray that your love for him, your memories of him and your faith in seeing him and your Mom again will bring you comfort and peace. Our hearts go out to you. Much Love… Paul and Stacy

  9. Rick and Deb, Please accept my condolences with regard to “Papa.” Knowing that he had a wonderful life and has the family still here to be a testament to all he stood for. Prayers and blessings to all the family.

  10. Marcia, The loss of a parent is always difficult. How fortunate that you had him for all these years. He was a special person and we are sure he will be greatly missed. May loving memories comfort you. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. John and Llewellyn Sasyn

  11. Dear Marcia, Rick, and Family Very sorry for your loss. Maurice [as I will always remember him] was a fellow that is easily remembered. He had quite a sense of humor and was really into music. Although when we practiced at his house, I’m sure he had a few reservations. But he always supported us. It is always tough when both parents are gone, but God’s grace will get you through these times. Our thoughts and prayers are with you–Jim & Jackie Brandolino

  12. Dear Rick & Deb: Please know of my heartfelt sympathy and prayerful support as you mourn the loss of your father. Lovingly, Stan

  13. rick and deb sorry about your lost if you need anything feel free to let us known are prays go out to the both of you and your family

  14. We knew Maurice for along time. He was a wonderful man and we loved him very much. Will miss him. To the family, our hearts go out to you. Just know that he is with God now and he & Mary can share stories with each. God Bless you. Love Henry & Norma

  15. Dear Marcia & Rick, I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad, my Uncle Maurice. I will always remember the summers I spent at your house in Toronto, and how he taught me to fish. I also remember him taking me out in the country and letting me shoot his 22 rifle which was a really big thrill for me. As a young boy, I always thought of him as my favorite uncle. He will surely be missed.

  16. Dear Marcia, Stush, Rick, Debbie & Family, We were so sorry to read about your Dad’s passing. I know how hard it is losing parents, but I know that knowing your Mom was there to greet your Dad will always comfort you. Remember the good times, I’m sure there were plenty of those. We grieve with you, love you all, Mike and Janice

  17. Marcia,Stush,Rick and Deb, We are so sorry for your grief.We remember how beautifuly Rick talked about your mother’s funeral as a celebration of her life. We’re sure your Dad want’s his life celebrated the same. He loved celebrations. We’ll miss the family “entertainer”. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We Love you! Albert and Linda

  18. Rick, Deb, Marcia, Stush and family……… I offer my deepest sympathy for your loss. Perry (as he will always be to me) was a special person. I worked around him in the mill and of course knew him personally from all the rehearsals at his house. He meant a lot to all of us and was a great help with the band. He will never be forgotten. May God be with you all.

  19. Rick and Deb, Sorry to hear of your loss. Ricks dad was always a character, he will be remembered always. You both are in my thoughts and prayers. Diane

  20. Marcia, Rick and Family You have our deepest sympathy for the loss of your father. Its the hardest thing to lose a parent but your mother will be there with him. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you. God Bless

  21. Aunt Marcia & Uncle Ricky; Our condolences on the loss of your father. We will miss Uncle Maurice. (Growing up I loved going to my Aunt Mary and Uncle Maurice’s house to visit and have many fond memories of them both). We especially loved how Uncle Maurice would dance the toot toot at the holiday gatherings. Tim recalls him showing us his trains and his music on the computer. May you find comfort in knowing that he and Aunt Mary are together again, watching over the beautiful family they created. You are in our thoughts and prayers now and in the days ahead.

  22. We are saddened by the passing of Maurice. His wit and dancing will be missed by all. You all are in our prayers.

  23. Dear Marcia and Ricky, I’ve never met anyone like Papa and don’t expect that I ever will. You showed him such love and care and respect and support. You made it possible for him to live in his own way right up to the end. Love, Linda

  24. Marcia, We are sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. May God bless his soul and complete all his wishes. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  25. Ricky & Deb, I was saddened to hear of the loss of your father, Ricky. God Bless him and all your family at this time; he will rest in eternal peace knowing that he was so well loved. Our deepest condolences, Joan & Bernie Herr

  26. Marcia and Stush, Thinking of you at this time and know how proud your Mom & Dad have to be of you. Because of them you are the wonderful person you are today. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Love , Mary & Steve

  27. Marcia, Stush and Family, My sincere condolences on the loss of your Dad. I didn’t know him, but he must have been loads of fun like your Mom to have a child like you! Love, Prayers and Peace for all of you.

  28. Deb, Ricky & Family – We love you so much! Some families never achieve in a lifetime what you have shared with your dad. You are blessed. Love – Sharon, Tony, Christiaan & Paxton “You can shed tears that he is gone, or you can smile because he has lived. You can close your eyes and pray that he’ll come back, or you can open your eyes and see all he’s left. Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him, or you can be full of the love you shared. You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. You can remember him only that he is gone, or you can cherish his memory and let it live on. You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back. Or you can do what he’d want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.”

  29. Dear Marcia and Family: My sincere sympathy on the loss of your dad. It is always difficult losing a parent especially one as good as he was. I am sorry I was unable to get to the viewing but please know that you have been in my thoughts and in my prayers for the Lord’s comfort and consolation to be yours. Love, Josie

  30. Dear Rick, Marcia and family, I was looking online for another obituary and came across your dad’s. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that my heart goes out to all of you at this sad time. I’ll be sure to let my sister and brother know as well since they knew both of you from the good ol’ days living on Beacon Drive! God bless all of you. Mary Lou

  31. Marcia, Rick and family. Our condolence in the loss of your father. We were unable to attend the services, but you were in our thoughts and prayers. He lived a good life. His legacy is his family. Jim and Linda Pauchnik

  32. Marcia, Ricky & families, The Horvath family extends our condolances on the loss of your father. It’s been a long time since we were neighbors in Woodlawn Estates but some people you just never forget. Sincerely, Norma & John, David, Danny & Diane

  33. Dear Ricky, Just wanted you to know how sorry I was to see your father passed away. I was just marveling to myself a couple weeks ago when I saw you guys how great he looked. I thank you for your hug and kind words to me that day on my own heartbreaking loss. He was a lucky man having a son & daughter-in-law like you and Debbie.

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