Michael Garan, 89, of Weirton, died February 18, 2009. Michael was born on August 15, 1919, in Ramey, Pa, a son of the late John and Martha Goban Garan. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, William Pasternick, Joseph and John Garan; two sisters, Ann Gerbo and Helen Vincej. He was also preceded in death by his stepfather, George Lisich. A very good father, who instilled a strong work ethic into his family, Mike retired after 45 years as a general turn foreman in Weirton Steel Division's Blast Furnace Department. He served his country in the South Pacific as a staff sergeant in the United States in the United States Marine Corp. Mike loved sports and was known for his quick release when he played shortstop for the Dragons A.C. and Weir Cove Moving and Storage. Michael was a member of Saint Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, where he was an usher and very involved in church activities. He was also a member of the Weirton Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, and the Weirton Steel 25 Year Club. He is survived by his wife, Olga Molchan Garan, whom he married on March 2, 1946; his two sons, Michael W. (Nancy) Garan, Bobby (Tonia) Garan; his daughter, Michele (Larry) Ritchie; his brother, George (Dorothy) Garan, all of Weirton; and his sister, Mary Perozich of North Carolina; his seven grandchildren, Susan (Michael) Adams, Lauren Zima, Kristin (J. Bryan) Edwards, Alex, Mark, Rebecca and Joey Garan; his five great grandchildren, Amelia and Alexis Adams, Alison Zima, Nathaniel and Joshua Edwards; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 1-3 & 6-8 PM Friday, at the Greco- Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton, W.Va. Parastas Services will be held 8PM Friday, in the funeral home. Blessing Services will be held 9:30 AM Saturday, in the funeral home. Funeral services will be celebrated 10 AM Saturday at Saint Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, Weirton, W.Va. Interment will follow at Saint Paul Cemetery, Weirton, with military graveside services, conducted by the American Legion and the Weirton Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, 3116 Elm Street Weirton, WV, 26062 or to the Valley Hospice, 10686 State Route 150, Rayland, OH 43943. Funeral Home: Greco Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV US 26062

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  1. To the Garan Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. G was a great person and a great father. I very sorry I will not be able to be there to share your loss, as I had to move away.Just know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all and I too feel a loss, Mr. G was a friend and extended family to me as well.I am sure he will be looking out for all of us from above. God Bless and God Speed Mr. G. Scott A. Moore

  2. To the Garan Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. G was a great person and a great father. I’m very sorry I will not be able to be there to share your loss, as I had to move away.Just know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all and I too feel a loss, Mr. G was a friend and extended family to me as well.I am sure he will be looking out for all of us from above. God Bless and God Speed Mr. G. Scott A. Moore

  3. Dear Garan Family, My deepest sympathy at this time of great loss. Your father will be missed and he will always be with you. Mike, I know he loved listening to you on the radio and I loved hearing the little messages you would send during the broadcast. May your memories of him help you through this difficult time. God Bless all of you.

  4. Mike, my husband and I send our deepest sympathies to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Dear Garan Family, Our deepest sympathy to you and your family during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you! Mark, Pia, Nick, and Christine Robinson

  6. I am so saddened to read about Michael’s passing. Even though the Garans moved off of Calico Hill they were always loved and a part of my family’s thoughts. May you all find peace in knowing that he is with God, in Heaven. God Bless You All

  7. To The Garan Families, We send our prayers and words of comfort to each member of the “Garan” Family. God has called another one of His angels home to be with Him. In Christian Love, Patti & Dale Visyak

  8. Vicki and John, My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. George Garan and all the Garan family. Sorry to hear of the loss of Mike. He was like all the other Garan brothers , they were great athletes. They also were big boosters of our father Carl Hamill I remember seeing him play for Dragons so many years ago Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Sincerely, Carl and Jerry Hamill

  10. At this time of great grief, my sympathy goes to family of Mike Garan. I pray God to accept the soul of this great man and may the angels lead to the gates of paradise, Amen.

  11. To Family of Mike Garan My deepest sympathy to your entire family. God has called him home. I will keep you all in my prayers. Love to all The Family of Georgette Gordon

  12. Our deepest sympathy to the entire Garan family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless.

  13. To Mike and the Garan Family, Our deepest sympathy to your family. Your loss is heaven’s gain. His memory will live forever. God Bless!!

  14. Dear Mrs. Garan and Family: I wish to extend my heartfelt sympaty and prayerful support to you and your family at the passing of your husband. I have many fond memeories of all of you from our South Circle Drive days growing up in Weirton.

  15. We are so sorry to hear of Grandpa Garan’s passing. I know this is such a difficult time for all of you. We are keeping you in our prayers. Hugs to all of you, Missy and Andy Staffileno

  16. Mrs. Garan, Mike, Kristin, and families, We were saddened to learn of your husband/father/grandfather’s death. Please know that our love and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May you be comforted knowing that he is at peace and may your many memories of him bring you comfort and make you smile. Love, Nancy, Norman, Elizabeth, Nick Ferrari

  17. To the Garan family, Augie and I were very sorry to read about the passing of Mike. He was a very nice person to know. We often think of all of you at St. Mary’s. You have our sympathy and our prayers are with you.

  18. Bobby, Tonia, Alex & Mark, We are sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy, Derek, Sue, Corey & Ryan

  19. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Daniel, Kristi, Jacob, & Connor Maxwell

  20. To the Garan Family, We were so sorry to hear of Mr. Garan’s passing. We live across the street from Bobby and Tonia and just realized what happened. Please forgive us for not knowing. We were even at the funeral home visiting a friend and we still didn’t realize Mr. Garan had passed away. All we had to do was walk in the next room. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  21. Mike, Nancy, Bob, Tonia, Mark & Alex, So sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad/Grandfather. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Kevin, Sandy & Krissa Lusk T.J. and Alex Tate

  22. Deepest sympathy to the Garan Family on the passing of Mike. He was a recognized stalwart of the St. Mary’s Church community. May your fond memories sustain you as he answers God’s call to return Home. Walt & Rita Tuchalski Gettysburg, PA

  23. Dear Mrs. Garan and Family, I was saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Garan. He was a kind and gentle to man to all . I remember the days when we were growing up on 10th Street. Fairview Street was like one happy family. May this poem bring you comfort. When you are most needy,He is most sufficient, When you feel completely helpless, He is most helpful. When you feel totally dependent, He is absolutely dependable. When you are weakest, He is most able. When you are the most alone, He is forever and always present. When you feel you are the least, He is the greatest. When you feel the most useless, He is preparing you. When it seems like the darkest day, He is the only light you need. When you feel the least secure, He is your Rock and Fortress. When you are most humble, He is most gracious. Let the angels surround and keep you safe. RitaRenee Ruszkowski

  24. Dear Mike and Family, Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. He is in God’s arms now. From Mike’s old broadcasting protege, Matt (son of Ray and Sandi).

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