penny castelli
Penny Jo Castelli of Weirton passed away on Monday, July 12, 2021, following an eight-year battle with renal cell carcinoma. She was 72. Penny was born in Moundsville, WV, on February 9, 1949, to Charles and Ruby Grimm. Her family moved from Moundsville, to Baltimore, MD, eventually settling in the Follansbee – Colliers, WV area, where she graduated from Follansbee High School in 1967. After high school, Penny's adventurous nature led her and a friend to Washington DC, where she found work and lived independently. The unrest that followed the assasination of Martin Luther King, Jr. was a deciding factor for Penny to move back toWest Virginia to be with family. At a popular nightspot, The Heart of Town, she met John Castelli. They married on October 22, 1972. Over the last fifty years, Penny and John were blessed with three sons, three daughters in law and four grandchildren. While John worked at the family business, Weir Cove Moving and Storage, Penny worked taking care of their home and family. She was an active contributor volunteering in our community for Make-a-Wish and the Sexual Abuse Help Center, as well as taking community leadership roles such as helping organize the Weirton Food Festivals. Once her sons were grown, in a move that exemplified her bold and courageous nature given her lifelong fear of flying, Penny embarked on a new career as a flight attendant for US Airways. For ten years this job was a source of pride and joy, only retiring due to her diagnosis. She will always be remembered for her toughness, resilience, and commitment to self-improvement. In addition to her parents, Penny was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Grimm. She was loved and admired by all who knew her, but especially by her family: her husband, John Castelli, her three sons and their wives: Dr. Christopher Castelli and Dr. Emily Castelli, Dr. Jon-Michael and Holli Castelli, and Andrew Castelli and Ashley Norman. She was an adored Grammy to Christopher and Emily's children, Sam and Lucy. And to Jon-Michael and Holli's two daughters Cora and Eva, she will always be Mimi. Visitation will be 4:00 PM-7:00PM Friday at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV, where funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Make A Wish Foundation. Share tributes and memories at www.grecohertnick.com 304-748-3219.

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  1. We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ Greco Hertnick Funeral Home

  2. Sam told me Monday she was the most funny grandmother ever! That is the highest compliment a grandmother could ever receive.

  3. Rest in Peace Dear Lady. You fought a good fight, now on to a better place. My sympathy to the whole family it’s never easy to say goodby

  4. So sorry for the family, sending prayers to all of you.πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»

  5. I’m so very sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to you all πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

  6. So very sorry to hear this news. Your mom was such a wonderful and beautiful person. She will be missed and I hope all of you can find some peace in the wonderful memories you have of her.

  7. Heartfelt sympathy to her Family…..Eternal Rest Grant her O Lord….πŸ’”

  8. I will always remember Penny as a strong, classy lady with a wonderful family. Which speaks volumes about her and John. Rest In Peace, my sympathies to all.

  9. I am so sorry to hear this news. I remember her fondly. Such a nice, lovely lady. Love and prayers to JM and family.

  10. John, I’m so sorry for your loss! My deepest condolences to you and your family and friends!

  11. What an amazing lady, and I feel privileged to have known her. I know you will miss her deeply. I’ll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.❀

  12. I know her. She worked at Macy’s with me years ago. I’m so sorry to hear this. She was a lovely woman. God bless her family. πŸ™πŸ’–πŸ˜”

  13. Aunt Penny was a wonderfully warm, kind, and funny woman that I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to have spent time with.

  14. I am so terribly sad to see this. Thinking of you, drew. Your mom was always so kind. I remember that she told me she loved giraffes once when we were kids and made me feel like a true artist when I spent hours with metallic puffy paint making her one. She was really special. You are in my thoughts- wishing you all comfort.

  15. Sending Prayers to you and your family for comfort strength healing and guidance at this difficult time!!!πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯β€β€β€πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  16. Our deepest condolences for your loss. Penny was a wonderful person. My mother so enjoyed spending time with Penny and babysitting the kids when they lived on Weircrest. May her memory be eternal.

  17. Our thoughts & prayers are with you John and family during this difficult time. We will always remember what a sweet , friendly, kind lady Penny was, with the most beautiful smile. Rest in Peace Penny…. Sincerely, Mike & Marlene Runkel

  18. My deepest sympathy and prayers for her family especially her sons. Her smile lit up the world. “Moss”

  19. We cannot fathom the depth of your sorrow, but are sending you lots of LOVE during this most challenging journey.

  20. Sending love and strength to everyone in the Castelli family. Penny was such a wonderful woman who was always there to give a hug, a laugh, or a good kick in the butt whenever it was needed. I will always remember her friendship and kindnessβ€”she will be missed.

  21. My deepest condolences to her family. Prayers & hugs. β€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈπŸ™πŸ»

  22. Penny I will always remember the good times we had. Your sense of humor and how we would laugh so hard in the car we would have to pull off the road. Your reaction to my mom’s chili. All the times I ate dinner with your family. Going to the drive-in. Getting ice cream. Being in your wedding. Oh, so many memories. You were always in a good mood. Always had a smile on your face. Goodbye Penny and peace to your white soul.

  23. So sorry for your loss. I remember Penny. Always so beautiful.πŸ™. May God comfort and give you strength during this difficult time.

  24. It is because of all the fond memories that we have the ability to grieve. With a heavy heart I send my condolences and my supportive thoughts go out to the entire family. However, I find a smile take over my face when I remember Penny. I can remember in high school, spending many days at the Castelli household. I loved going there not only to hang out with Chris but also because I enjoyed being around the entire family. Penny was always creating something in the kitchen or ready to listen or tell a story and all while smiling and looking beautiful! The perfect blend of being a parent and a wise friend. She will be missed but not forgotten. Much Aloha, Jessica Wieloh

  25. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

  26. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Penny was such a wonderful and dear woman. Sending our love and condolences.

  27. It’s with great sadness and a sense of enormous loss that I send along my condolences and prayers to all of you. With love,

  28. Dear John, Andrew, Chris and Jon-Michael and Families, we send you all our deepest condolences for the loss of your beloved Penny. Mike and I remember Penny and your family so fondly, and Penny was always welcoming and generous with her warm personality. May she rest in peace and continue to watch over you all. love and hugs, Mike and Jennifer Alvaro Cape Coral, Florida


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