pasquale longhi
Patsy has been a resident of Weirton since immigrating to the United States in 1955. He married here raised a family while managing his own businesses, Longhi Construction, and apartment buildings. For 49 years he has been involved in improving the quality of living for Weirton and area residents through building homes and structures, as well as renovating many structures. He also designed and built his own apartment units in Weirton, and has been offering high quality apartment living for his fellow residents for more than 30 years. Born on February 2, 1931 in the Abruzzi village of Pedicciano, Provincia L’ Aquila, Italy, the son of the late Alberto and Angelina Bernardi Longhi. Patsy attended schools in Pedicciano and L’Aquilla, then at age 17 he left his family to learn commercial building construction in Venezuela, South America. At age 24, he settled in Weirton where he joined relatives, the Louis Bernardi family. His first employer was A. C. Donnell building contractors, which at the time was developing residential homes in the area around St. Joseph the Worker church and school. This is where Patsy built his home and he and his wife have lived for 40 years. During the 1960s, he worked as a bricklayer for Starvaggi Industries and later for Sellitti Construction. In 1960 he married the former Mary Petricca, a lifelong resident of Weirton, and promptly started building their home. In 1961, the couple had their first of three children. It was also that year that this Italian immigrant proudly became a citizen of the United States. In the 1970s, Patsy joined the Bricklayer’s Union Local #11 and started his own business, “Longhi Construction”. Specializing in masonry work by the 1980s, Patsy soon became known in the area as an established home builder/contractor and rental property owner. A lifelong Catholic, Patsy is a member of St. Joseph the Worker Church in Weirton. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus #3734, the Italian Sons and Daughters of American, Four Seasons Senior Club and is a trustee for the Welfare Fund of the Bricklayer’s Union. Recently, Patsy and Mary celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with their three children, all of whom have earned degrees in the field of healthcare – Patsy V. Longhi of Weirton, a pharmacist; Suzanne A. Antinone, BSN, of Weirton; and Dr. James J. Longhi, RPh, DO, a general surgeon of Morgantown; and six grandchildren. “I am very proud to say where I came from” this family man and immigrant says, referring not only of his home in Italy, but also of Weirton. He has always cared deeply for the people who live in Weirton, while joining them in fondly reminiscing of life in Italy. He has expressed his deep care for the many individuals met over the years with both big and small gestures, in business and personal life, which are representative of his genuinely generous nature. Patsy passed away at his residence in Weirton on Tuesday August 17, 2004. Patsy is survived by his wife, Mary Petricca Longhi of Weirton, whom he married on November 12, 1960; two sons, Patsy V. Longhi and his wife Donna of Weirton and Dr. James J. Longhi and his wife Susanna of Morgantown, WV; one daughter, Suzanne “Suzie” Antinone and her husband Anthony of Weirton; one brother, Oscar Longhi of Venezuela; two sisters, Osvalda Rosa of Everett, Mass. and Marisa Fiocca of Chieti, Italy; six grandchildren, Vinnie Longhi, Nicholas Longhi, Mia Antinone, Olivia Longhi, Anthony Antinone and Gianna Antinone. Visitation will be 7-9 PM Thursday and 2-4 and 7-9 PM Friday at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton. Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated 10 AM Saturday at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church Entombment will follow at the Saint Paul Cemetery Mausoleum. Memorial contributions may be made to the Saint Joseph the Worker Church Building Fund, 229 California Avenue, Weirton, WV 26062. Share tributes with his family at Funeral Home: Greco Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV US 26062

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  1. Our prayers are with you and your family. God Bless all of you Denise, Patrick and Joshua McDonald

  2. Our deepest sympathy. Our thought’s and prayers are with you. Sam, Antoinette, Salvatore, & Nina DiBacco

  3. Jim and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May God bless you.


  5. THE lONGHI fAMILY;=========== Frank & I were so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband and the father of your children. You have our deepest sympathy.==Frank & Dora Notni

  6. Dear Mary and family, We are very sorry to hear about Patsy. He will be rembered as a truly good man. Our sympathy and prayers are with you. Love, Tony & Ruth Licata

  7. Dear Mary & family, We are so sorry to hear of Patsy’s passing. He was a dear man and we feel blessed to have known him. You have our deepest sympathy.

  8. May your cherished memories bring you comfort. With our deepest sympathy, Sandy & Jack Hatala

  9. Mary, Patsy, Jimmy,and Susie, We were so sadden to here of Patsy’s passing. He was such a warm and loving man! He will truly be missed. God bless your family in this sad time. You are in our prayers. We will make a donation in Patsy’s honor and memory to your church. We love you all, Heather, Mark, and Natalie Frost

  10. To the Longhi Family; Patsy was a great husband, father and friend. He made me laugh more than once. Everytime there was a problem here he always had a good answer. He never knew my name but knew who I was. Hw will be so sadly missed by all of his tennants. I will miss seeing him out back as will all the neighbors. He was an honest man and a hard worker and will be missed so much by his friends on Palomino Drive. You all have my sympathy

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