richard sherensky

Richard T Sherensky, loving husband, beloved father, pappy, brother, and uncle passed away suddenly Friday, April 21, 2023, at Weirton Medical Center surrounded by loving family members. He was 79.

Rich was born December 30, 1943, in Steubenville, son of the late Henry and Frances Slatniske Sherensky . He graduated in 1961 from Weirton Madonna High School, served 4 years in the U S Air Force as an air policeman, 25 years as a City of Weirton police officer, retiring as a lieutenant. He also received his associate degree in criminal justice and served as Chief Deputy of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.

A devoted Catholic, Rich was a member of Sacred Heart of Mary Church where he served as a Minister of the Eucharist, altar server and president of the former Holy Name Society. He was also a past president of the Fraternal Order of Police and a member of the Knights of Columbus 3734, and Weirton Post 10 of the American Legion.

He and the former Connie Fletcher were married November 5, 1966. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Connie, their daughter, Jannae (James Beeman); granddaughters, Sydney of California, and Adriana of Weirton; one brother, Edward (Agnes) Sherensky of Chambersburg, PA; one sister, Mickey (David) Kinney of Hendersonville, TN, brother-in-law, Ralph (Beki) Fletcher of Weirton; several nieces and nephew and great nieces and nephews.

The visitation will be Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Greco Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton, WV.

The Weirton Police Department will pay their respects at 3 PM.
The Knights of Columbus will recite the rosary at 7:30 PM.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 AM on Tuesday, at Sacred Heart of Mary Church with Rev Fr Tony Thurston officiating, followed by interment with Military Honors at St Paul’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart of Mary Church or a charity of your choice.

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Sacred Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church

200 Preston Avenue
Weirton, WV
304 723 7175

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  1. Candle Selection 2Connie & family, we are so sorry for the loss of Rich. He will be missed by so many. May his soul, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. ✝️

  2. Dear Connie, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Rich was a wonderful person and will be missed by so many. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Dear Connie, we are deeply saddened to hear of Rich’s passing; always so pleasant and kind. Know that you are in our thoughts & prayers at this difficult time. May Rich’s soul Rest in Peace. Sincerely, Mike & Marlene Runkel

  4. Connie I just sat down at my laptop before heading to church for evening mass. I am speechless. No more will I wait to walk out with him after mass. He will be missed as he was loved by so many. There are no words only love, prayers and sincere sympathy to you and your family.

  5. Candle Selection 2Connie, I am so sad to hear about Rich. May the lord wrap you and all the family tight and comfort you. Times like these I hate living so far away. I send my love and prayers

  6. Dear Connie and families, So sorry to hear of Rich’s passing! Still remember seeing him walking through the old neighborhood always with a smile on his face. We hope those great memories see you through this difficult time. God’s blessings to all of you! Cathy & Jack Arango

  7. Prayers for the family! Remembering Rich and our Class of 61 at Madonna. “Well done good and faithful servant”!

  8. Connie and Family,
    We are shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Rich. Our hearts reach out to you and yours in deepest sympathy on your loss. You are in our prayers and may God bless and comfort you during this most difficult time.

  9. Dear Connie, I am so sorry to hear about Rich. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. God bless

  10. Candle Selection 3Dearest Friends, I extend my deepest sympathy and prayerful support as you mourn and grieve such a tremendous loss. Love & prayers, Staś Tuchalski

  11. Connie & Jannae, deeply sorry for your loss. Keeping you in prayer for strength and peace.

  12. I’m so sorry to hear that Rich has passed away. I have such good memories of him. May he rest in peace. May you be comforted also with your fond memories. Blessings of peace and be assured of prayer.

  13. Connie. We were so saddened to hear of Rich’s passing. May God rest his soul. Praying for you and your family for peace. God Bless You.

  14. Connie , Rich was the greatest. Always a smile on his face and a kind word. Fritz remembers that he taught him how to deliver Sunday papers, with fond memories.
    Our deepest sympathy,
    The Frohnapfel kids

  15. Candle Selection 5Such a good man well thought of by everyone.
    May Gods love and your family and friends bring you peace.

  16. Candle Selection 2Oh Connie! We are sending our heartfelt condolences and love to you! Rich was such a wonderful person who put everyone else first. I have so many great memories of him from my years at SHM and he was always the person I could rely on for assistance, a kind word or just a great smile on a dreary day. Connie – the two of you were like peanut butter and jelly. Both equally wonderful — but together — absolutely spectacular! Jeff and I are so sorry for your loss and send our prayers of strength to you, Jannae -the girls and all of your family members. Much love….Tamara & Jeff

  17. I am so sorry to hear of Richards passing. He was a mentor to me in 1979 when WPD hired me and was one of my favorite officers. I left WPD in 1983 to start policing in Dallas, Texas. I never got to say goodbye but still have many great memories of Richard and our crew. May God grant you all comfort.

  18. Connie, I’m so sorry to hear that Rich has passed. I know all to well how much you are hurting. I pray that you can find comfort in knowing he is in Heaven with our Lord. Rich was a wonderful person and he will be missed by all who knew him. God Bless you, your daughter and extended family.

  19. Dear Connie & family, my deepest sympathy to you all in the loss of yr husband & father. My memories of Rich are accompanied by a smile. He was such a good friend in high school, such a fun person to be around. I will remember him fondly and all the good times we shared so many years ago, my prayers go with you.

  20. Connie and family, Sheila and I are very saddened to hear of Rich’s passing. Our sincere condolences to you and your family. In addition to such a huge personal loss to you and your family Rich’s passing also represents a major loss to the Weirton community. He was so kind.

  21. Connie and family, Sheila and I are very saddened to hear of Rich’s passing. Our sincere condolences to you and your family. In addition to such a huge personal loss to you and your family Rich’s passing also represents a major loss to the Weirton community. He was so kind.

  22. Connie- I just heard of Rich’s passing. I am so sorry. He was a wonderful man, so many memories of him and dad. Thinking of you and your family.

    Love- Monica (Pietranton) Westfall ❤️

  23. Connie, Jannae and family, we are saddened to hear of Rich’s passing. He always had a smile and caring comment. He will be missed. Michael and Toni( Orlando) Gurskey

  24. Connie, I’m saddened to learn Rich has recently passed away. May the many happy times you’ve shared together keep his memory alive! My sincere condolences to you and your family.

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