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Melvin Arena, 67, of Weirton died Friday, January 23, 2004, at the Weirton Medical Center. He was born on March 1, 1936, in Weirton, WV, the son of the late Benny Salokovich and Mildred Malkovich Arena. Mel was also preceded in death by his stepfather, Pat F. Arena, and his son, James D. Arena. Mel retired from Starvaggi Industries, where he worked as a controller. He served his country in the U.S. Army, and was a member of the Holy Resurrection Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church. He is survived by his wife, Betty Williams Arena of Weirton, whom he married on February 26, 1958; a daughter, Beverly Bainbridge and her husband Jim of Weirton; three brothers, Donald Salokovich of Follansbee, WV, Jim and Robert Arena of Durham, NC; a sister, Mary Jo Arena of Durham, NC; and a granddaughter, Rachel E. Bainbridge of Weirton, WV. Visitation will be from 10 AM until time of service at 12 PM Tuesday at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton. Rev. Fr. Rade Merick will preside. Interment will follow at the Serbian Cemetery, Weirton. Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, 1221A Ohio Street, P.O. Box 1115, Dunbar, WV 25064. Share tributes with his family at + Funeral Home: Greco Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV US 26062

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  1. To the family of Melvin Arena, My deepest sympathy to you. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I’m sorry that I cannot visit you in person;hope you understand.

  2. dear betty and beverly, I am very sorry to hear of Melvin’s death, please know I am thinking of you both. love Patty.


  4. Dear Betty & family, Please accept our deepest sympathy. May God grant Melvin eternal peace. Tom & Delores Azzarello (Sharon Drive neighbor)

  5. Dear Betty Our prays and sympathies are with you. We thiink fondly of the fun times with spent with both of you

  6. Betty and Beverly; My thoughts and prayers go out to both of you on the loss of Mel. He was a good person and I miss him selling my tickets for the “big Money”. God bess you both.

  7. I lived beside Melvin & Betty for a few years on Sharon Drive in Weirton. I think of them often and am reminded of how nice they were to me and my family. My sympathies and love are with Betty & Beverly. Sonny Gobert

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