rose orecchio
Rose Orecchio, of Weirton, passed away Thursday, September 9, 2010 in the Weirton Medical Center. Born June 8, 1914 in Gallo, Italy, she was a daughter of the late Nick and Maria Pirraglia. She was also preceded in death by her husband Joseph Orecchio on July 28, 1980, brothers Pete and Tony Pirraglia and sister Pauline Rocchio. For 20 years, Rosie worked in the kitchen for both Madonna and Weir High Schools. Prior to working at the schools, she worked in the Strip Steel and Tin Mill Departments for Weirton Steel. She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Christian Mothers, 3-Score Seniors and Weirtonian Lodge #183. Mrs. Orecchio is survived by her son John Orecchio of Owings, MD; daughters Mary Rose Orecchio, Minnie Pazich and Janet Miller all of Weirton and Mary Ann Orecchio of Arlington, VA; sisters Minnie Lonchar and Frances Oliver both of Weirton; four grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Friends will be received Saturday 6-8PM and Sunday 1-3 and 6-8PM at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton. Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated 10AM Monday at St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church. The Reverend Father Dean Borgmeyer will officiate. Interment will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Weirton. Memorial contributions may be made to Michael Sweat, c/o Jim and Donna Sweat, 204 East Parkway, Weirton, WV 26062.

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  1. Dear Family, We’ll always remember Aunt Rosie as a lovely, caring, and genuine person. We can all remember times when she blessed us with her giving attitude. Anthony ‘Skins’

  2. Janet, Butch, Donna and family: We’re so sorry to learn of your mom’s passing. She was truly a wonderful person, always with a smile. Our deepest sympathy. Love, George and Judy Gelestor

  3. Dear Mary Rose, Minnie and Family, I will always remember your mom for her kindness, and sweetness. She will be sorely missed. God bless her with the peace she deserves. Love, Mary Longhi

  4. Dear Mary Ann and Orecchio Family. I am very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was a lovely person a very friendly face, while waiting in line, for lunch. I am sure she will be missed. You have our deepest sympathy. Sincerely, Dolores Ference Koper, Class of 65 and Mike Koper

  5. I wish to pass on my deepest sympathies for the loss of your loved one. This obituary caught my attention as I share the same name. I was born Rose Orecchio. My parents are Antonia (nee di Pietrantonio) and Giuseppe Orecchio, both born in Gallo, Matese.

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