Opal M. Whear, 74, of Steubenville, OH, formerly of Weirton, passed away Thursday, May 3, 2012 in Steubenville, OH at the home of her daughter. Born January 19, 1938 in Shirley, WV, she was a daughter of the late Merle and Sylvia Main Kester. She was also preceded in death by her husband John D. Whear, Sr. on March 1, 1981, sisters Ruby Weekley, Dorothy Curtis and Mary Edgell, brother Harry Kester, two grandsons, a great granddaughter, and her two dogs Champ and Precious Baby. Mrs. Whear was a homemaker, a member of the Ministry of Salvation Baptist Church in Steubenville, OH and the Weirton V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary. Opal is survived by her son John D. Whear, Jr. and his wife Deborah of Lanham, MD; daughters Debra Clifton and her husband James of Weirton, Karen Whear and her companion Gary Carder of Steubenville and Rona Harper and her husband Geary of Steubenville, OH; brothers Walter Kester of Midland, PA and Gary Kester of Chester, WV; sisters DeEtta Tibbs of Weirton and Kathy DeVaz of Chester, WV; 12 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8PM at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton, WV where funeral services will be celebrated 11AM Monday. The Reverend Michael Renforth will officiate. Entombment will be in Highland Hills Memorial Gardens, Follansbee, WV. Memorial contributions may be made to Ministry of Salvation Baptist Church, 181 Shirley Circle, Steubenville, OH 43952.

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  1. KAREN, I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. YOU WILL BE IN MY PRAYERS. MAY GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY.

  2. Opal was a big part of the Wyatt family for so many years and I know our families have many happy memories together. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  3. To the Whear family, I would like to take the time to express condolences to your family, your Mom,grandmother,aunt, sister,friend(Ms. Opal) was a sweat person to have known, Ms.Whear always carried a smile on her face, when she came to visit carrie she expressed to me that she was greatful to God and thankful for who he was… Praying for your strength at this time Gravette Family

  4. sorry for your loss a mother a best freind is a very hard thing to loose prays and hugs go out to you

  5. Opal … worked with you many years and loved you … you will be missed by many … I can still hear Randy & Joyce telling me what a great and dear friend you were befor I met you …R.I.P till we meet again

  6. Rona and family, Words literally can not express how heartbroken I am about losing your mom. Opal was always a second mom to me growing up next door. I remember all the funny times we all had. I always looked forward to the times your mom would babysit me. She was a fun and loving woman and will be deeply missed! I love you all and am praying for you all to find the strength to get through,

  7. I met Opal a long time ago but ,only truly got to know these past few months I am really gonna miss her smile. OH BOY. God bless you all as you learn to make adjustments to your life with out Opal. I wish everyone peace and will keep you my prayers. Take care and God BLESS

  8. Rona,John and family,My deepest sympathies go out to you in the loss of your mother.I remember her from my childhood,she was a special woman.Prayers go out to all of you in your time of sorrow .

  9. Opal was a very sweet and funny woman to be around, she will be missed and never forgotten.Our condolences to the family.

  10. We were so sorry to read about your mother. We will always remember the years we lived by your family as neighbors. Our deepest sympathy to your whole family.

  11. We will dearly miss you. You were a very special person to everyone that came into contact with you. Love, Doris

  12. Debbie,Karen,John,Rona Your Mom will be missed and in all our prayers. It’s been a long time but I still remember our times on Zeta Street. Great times!

  13. Karen, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you his blessings during your time of grief.

  14. Debbie and Karen, I’m so sorry about the passing of your mom. May God be with you and your families. Take Care.

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