Surrounded by his devoted mother, and loving family, Michael J. Petrisak, 53, of Weirton went peacefully home to be with the Lord on Tuesday August 4, 2009. Michael was born on August 14, 1955, to Michael W. and Viola E. Kopec Petrisak. After graduating from college, Michael was an advertising account representative with the Steubenville Herald Star, assigned to the merchants of the Fort Steuben Mall. He then relocated to Texas and started a career in hair styling, eventually co -owning his own salon. He continued his career in Texas with Nieman Marcus as an assistant to the designer. After the death of his father, Michael moved back to Weirton, and was employed by Macy’s, in Robinson Township, for the last ten years, as a Polo Specialist. When Michael was not working, he looked forward to spending time with his niece and nephew and their families. Michael was an avid WVU Football Fan. He enjoyed cooking, especially for his family, and will be always remembered for his creative artistic talents. He was a member of the Sacred Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, where he was a Lector. Michael is survived by his mother, Viola E. Petrisak with whom he resided; his two sisters, Linda Pauchnik and her husband Jim of Weirton, and Kathy Andreozzi and her husband Tom of Follansbee, WV; his beloved niece and nephew, Dr. Bryan Pauchnik and his wife Kristen and their children Colin and Lucy of Dormont, PA, and Michelle Buterbaugh and her husband Aaron and their daughters, Hannah and Hailey of Weirton, WV. Friends and relatives will be received Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton. Vigil services will be held Thursday Evening in the funeral home. Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated 10AM Friday, at Sacred Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, Weirton. Reverend Father Kent Durig will preside. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery, Toronto, OH. Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart of Mary Church 200 Preston Avenue Weirton, WV 26062 Share tributes and memories at

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  1. Mrs. Petrisak, Kathy, Aunt Linda,and family… I am SO very sorry for your loss! Please know that you are all in my prayers. May God bless you during this extremely difficult time and may He soon replace the tears and sadness with His peace and joy knowing that Michael is smiling down on you because he knew how much you all loved him!

  2. My deepest sympathy to the entire Petrisak Family. Michael and I attended SHM together and had many good times sharing a classroom. His smile and gentle ways will never be forgotten

  3. I was lucky enough to have had Michael as my friend for 49 years. He was a funny, faithful and very loyal friend and he treasured his family and friends. I will miss him terribly and my love and prayers are with you all.

  4. Michael was an amazing human being. I don’t believe he ever met anyone who he did not treasure as a friend.I will miss his persistance and dedication to the reunions of the MHS class of 73. May you rest in peace my friend.

  5. Michael was a good friend and a long standing one too. I’m glad I went to visit him a week and a half ago. I just wished I didn’t wait to visit again. Sorry for your loss.

  6. Aunt Vi, Linda, Kathy & Families: I was so shocked to hear about Michael and sorry that I did not get to see him during the last few weeks. I am glad we will always have the memories of the holidays and summer picnics we spent together at Grandma’s. Not only will I always remember his smile and sense of humor, he’ll always be my cousin who taught me the twist. Love, Donna, Steve & Carla

  7. Linda and family, You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Stay strong in the knowledge of God’s love and grace. Diana Yocina

  8. Michael was a wonderful man. He had a gift for bringing joy. I think of him often with a smile. God bless you all.

  9. We are so saddened to hear of Michael’s sudden passing and know that he will be greatly missed by all who loved him. We will remember him and his loving care of his mother Vi and his Aunt Helen, his creative and artistic talents, and his generosity of spirit. He was a good man and we’re sure our loving God counts him among his angels. Danni and Merv Bangert Boulder, Colorado

  10. To Michael’s Loved Ones: May the love and joy Michael brought into your lives guide all of you through these difficult days and may the wonderful stories in praise of his life bring a smile to your hearts. My sympathies and prayers to all.

  11. From Weirton Madonna to West Virginia University, my memories of Michael are fun-filled and full of joy. My condolences to his family.

  12. Aunt Vi, Linda & Kathy: Our sympathy goes out to you as well as our prayers in this time of sadness. Michael is resting in the arms of the Lord now. Carl & Vicki

  13. My condolences go out to all of you. I went to Madonna with Michael and even though we hadn’t seen each other in a while, when I saw him at our reunion he was the same fun loving, wonderful person that I remember. I will always remember his smiling face and pleasant demeanor. Once again, my deepest sympathy.

  14. To Michael’s family: I am so very sorry to hear of his passing. He was a big part of my life early on, starting way back in grade school.I know he will be greatly missed and I am reminded how precious time is. My prayers are with you.

  15. To Mrs. Petrisak and family, With deepest sympathy. We will always have fond memories of spending time with Michael and his special family and our dearest friends. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. With love, Kenny and Cookie

  16. Dear Mrs. Petrisak and family, I am so very sorry to hear of M ichael’s passing.I was unable to go to the last reunion, but saw him at our 30th.He was halarious and I enjoyed his company. Sincerely, GeorgeAnn CharnieCallinan (MHS class of ’73)

  17. We very much enjoyed knowing Michael these past 10 or 11 years and so enjoyed his wonderful sense of humor. He was most welcoming of our daughter, Kristen into his family when she married his nephew Brian. We are grateful for his generosity of spirit,his kindness and civility. We wish we could have had more time in his presence, but know that he is with the angels and is one with them. We hope that our respect and admiration of Michael is of comfort to his mother, Vi, and her family.

  18. It’s been a number of years since I talked to Michael. He had just moved back to Weirton at the time, and I was in the process of relocating. We were good friends back in Madonna. Those are the times I’ll always remember of him.My sincere condolences go out to you all. May God Bless You and help you through this most difficult time. Al Stasko(MHS Class of ’73).

  19. This seems so surreal. Michael was the truest of friends. His sense of humor never quit, he could’ve been a stand up comic. He was the glue for our class reunions (MHS class of 1973). His handmade cards were always special to me… he was so creative and artistic. Michael will be always be in my heart and those of whom he touched. I love you, Michael. My sincerest sympathies to Michael’s family. Missing you….

  20. How saddened I am to hear of Michaels passing. We worked together for many years at Kaufmann’s / Macy’s. He was my specialist for Nautica. He always made me laugh. My time spent with him was always enjoyable. Mrs. Petrisak, I know first hand how much he loved you and his aunt. He will be missed. Kathleen Battista Nautica

  21. To the Family: We are so sorry about Michael’s passing. He has been suffering so much and God in His goodness and mercy knows what is best. He has taken Michael to his heavenly home where he is no longer in pain. Know that we are with you in spirit and even though miles separate us, our arms are around you and comforting you during this sorrowful time. Our love and prayers are with you all.

  22. To Vi, Linda and the entire family, Michael was not only a devout Catholic and dear friend to Sacred Heart of Mary Parish – he was a dear friend to me. His compassionate nature and loving demeanor helped my family through a rough period when our beloved Golden Retriever died. I can remember his visits when our dog would smell like Polo for two days because of Michael’s hugs! My husband always knew when Michael had been to the office….we loved it. Michael always made you feel like you were special and he hugged and kissed everyone! I loved laughing with him and will miss his visits to the office – he had a way of brightening your day with just his presence. His big smile, his laugh and his friendship will live on in my mind and heart forever. I am so deeply sad for your loss.

  23. We’ll never forget the fun times we shared bar tending at the Polish Picnic. Always a smile, never a frown.We commented always on what type of cologne he was wearing. He will be missed. Terri and Natalie Bertha

  24. Dear Friends: I was very saddened to see Michael’s obituary online this morning. I am certain that your hearts ache with the pain of loss. Please know that my heartfelt sympathy and prayerful support is extended to you and yours as you grieve your loss. Love & prayers, Stas` Tuchalski

  25. May your hearts be comforted in the wonderful memories of the time he was with you and the knowledge that you will be together again in the Lord’s kingdom. This is our faith. Maria… friend of a Kopec family member

  26. Dear Mrs. Petrisak, Linda , Kathy and family, We were shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Michael. I enjoyed our conversations after Mass and at the mall. Michael was very caring and giving person and will be greatly missed. Bob and I are at Heather’s and we are so sorry we can’t be there at this time. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Bob and Peggy

  27. Dear Mrs. Petrisak and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Michael was such a pleasant and wonderful co-worker and he is going to be greatly missed. I had been praying for him as soon as I heard that he was hospitalized. I am so glad I had the privilage of knowing him the many years we worked together at Macy’s. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Sincerely, Elaine Kotfis

  28. Mrs. Petrisak, Linda, Kathy and families, When Aunt Julie told me that Michael had passed away, I was, literally, speechless. ( I know, hard to believe. Me, speechless.) I remember all the times that we had together at SHMS and more importantly, at “family” get togethers. I am so sorry for you loss. He is missed. Love, Fran

  29. I am so sorry to hear that Michael passed away… and just as I was in the process of trying to find him and reconnect. I knew him in Denton, TX, first as my hair stylist and later as my boss when I went to work for him at Personal Hair Design as the receptionist. He was a wonderful friend with a ready smile and a keen sense of humor. He went on to Neiman’s and I graduated UNT and moved away, but I always remember Michael with great fondness. I had hoped to find him and give him a ‘blast from the past’ call which I knew would make him laugh that hearty laugh of his. My sympathies go out to the Petrisak family. Your brother and son was a wonderful person who lit up many lives with his joy and humor and generousity of spirit. He will be missed.

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