sarah smalley
Sarah Dawn Smalley, 10, of Weirton, died Saturday, June 25, 2005 at Trinity Medical Center West in Steubenville, OH. She was born on February 4, 1995 in Weirton, the daughter of Hobie and Mariella (Pucci) Smalley of Weirton. She was preceded in death by her uncle, Dominic Pucci, III. Sarah completed 4th grade at St. Paul Grade School where she was an honor student. She was a member of St. Paul’s Church. Sarah was very active in sports and played soccer for the Weirton Youth Soccer League, dodgeball and basketball for the Millsop Community Center, and basketball for St. Paul’s. In addition to her parents, Hobie and Mariella, Sarah is survived by her sister, Jessie Smalley at home; maternal grandparents, Dominic Pucci, Jr. and Maria (Rossi) Pucci; paternal grandparents, Junior Smalley and Frances (Sobieraj) Smalley, all of Weirton; uncles and aunts, Aldo and Sandy Pucci of Weirton, Dale and Natalie Smalley of Weirton, Richard and Susie Thomas of Greenback, TN, and Kenny and Judy Jones of Alma, WV, and Mindy Pucci of Weirton; and several cousins. Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 PM Wednesday at Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton, where a prayer service will be held at 3:30 PM. Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated 10 AM Thursday at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weirton with Rev. Fr. Tony Thurston as celebrant. St. Paul Church has established the Smalley Memorial Fund. Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 140 Walnut Street, Weirton, WV 26062. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery, Weirton. Share tributes with her family at Funeral Home: Greco Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV US 26062

Memories Timeline


  1. Hobie, Mariella, and Jessie, Words cannot express how saddened we are by the loss of Sarah. We will always remember her playing soccer with Matthew and Sara. Gary will always remember her playing basketball for him at St. Paul’s. She always had a smile on her face and that is what we will miss most about her. May God bless you all at this very difficult time. Know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers. Sarah will be greatly missed by all that knew her. May God keep you in the palm of his hands, Love, Gary, Mary, Sara and Matthew Lyons

  2. Dear Mariella, Hobie, and Jessie, We cannot put into words how much we are going to miss your dear daughter and sister. Not only was she a beautiful, nice young lady, Sarah was always the life of our family get-togethers. Family picnics just won’t be the same without her begging everyone to get off of their behinds to play kickball. Thank you so much for sharing Sarah with us, and we look forward to seeing her again in heaven. Remember, Hobie, Mariella, and Jessie, that you have a family that loves you very much. We’ll get through this together. Love, Sarah’s Uncle Al, Aunt Sandy, Cousins Aldo and Maria

  3. Sarah was one of our best friends. She was the funnest. We miss her so much. She will always be in our prayers, as will her family.

  4. My heart goes out to you and your family… I didn’t really know Sara but I knew Jessie from school and my friend Stephanie Stevens… my little cousin Brianna Dailey was also really good friends with’s crazy how young she was… prayers are with Sara and your family

  5. Dear Mr. & Mrs. Smalley & Jessie, We extend to you our heartfelt sympathy and prayers. We know that Sarah is residing with the angels in the presence of our Lord. May the God of Consolation grant you peace and healing. With love and prayers, The Catholic Schools Office Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston John Yelenic, Superintendent Cathy Spencer, Assistant Superintendent Sr. Mary Lou Palas, SC, Director of Curriculum Robyn Hammond, Director of Religious Education Gary Mulhern, Director of Advancement Jenn Hornyak, Instructional Technology Coordinator Donna Clark, Secretary Eleanore Pajak, Secretary Jill Filben, Secretary

  6. Hobie, Mariella & Jessie The block will never be the same without hearing Sarah’s voice ringing out and knowing she was somewhere close by. Our hearts are breaking for all of you. We will miss her very much. Walt & Millie Kush

  7. hobie, mariella, and jessie so sorry for the loss, words can not express how much sarah will be missed abby harcharik

  8. I remember when Jess and Sarah were swimming next door. She was always laughing and running around. I have not seen her much the past 2 years, She will be sadly missed and you are in our prayers! Jess im here if you need to talk ok.

  9. Dear Smalley family, We were so shocked and saddened to hear about Sarah. Our boys go to St. Paul’s School, and I worked there for two years at the Before and After School Care. We only hope that you find some comfort in knowing how many people were touched by Sarah. I will always remember her smiling face, as so many have mentioned. Please know that your family is in everyone’s thoughts and prayers. Drew, Mindy, Dustin, and Cole Coates


  11. I was so saddened by the news of Sarah. I found out about it on Sunday morning on my way to church, and it was all I could think about throughout the mass. Sarah was a wonderful girl. She had a great outlook on everything. She was always happy and smiling. Nothing could get her down. Your family will be in our prayers.

  12. Dear Smalley Family I can not even begin to express my feelings for your family at this time. This is absolutley every parent’s worst fear coming true. Please know that even though I did not know your daughter, I have hear nothing but wonderful thoughts about her. God must have truly needed another angel. Our thoughts and prayers have been with you the last couple of days and will continue to be every day. Sincerely

  13. this is tony bartoli, I’m so SORRY to her about sarah’s passing to the lord. I know how it feels to loose a family mem ber. I wish the best of luck in all you do and i also send my sorrows towards sarah.I will try to come to the funeral to support you and hobie and Jessie.Sarah’s thought and her spirit will always remain in your memorie and in everyones’s memory. Sarah Dawn Smalley born: February 4, 1995 Died: Saturday June 25, 2005

  14. Dear Mariella, Hobie and Family Please know how very sorry Joe and I are to hear of your loss. I remember your beautiful children from our days working for Aldo. Our thoughts and prayers will always be with you

  15. Our hearts are broken, as are the hearts of everyone who knows Sarah. You are continually in our thoughts and prayers. I love you. *big hugs*

  16. Dear Mariella, Hobie and Jessie: We would like to send our thoughts and prayers to you and your entire family. We cannot even imagine the pain and loss you feel. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Chuck, Suzanne, Matthew and Luke Tenaglio

  17. I do not know your family or Sarah but I wanted to let you know I’m praying for you. I know the feeling of lossing a child. My little girl went to heaven 2 years ago. You will never stop loving Sarah or missing her but remember that others love you and are praying for you. Sarah will always be with you. May Sarah rest peacefully with the angels in Gods heavenly kingdom above.

  18. Smalley Family, I did not know Sarah but I have seen your family in church. Your family is in my thought and prayers. God Bless you through this hard time. Denise Linch

  19. To the family of Sarah Smalley, We do not know your family but my family just wanted to say how sorry we are to hear about your beautiful daughter Sarah. We know what your going through our daughter died a little over two years ago. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers! David & Melissa Huggins “Some people only dream of angels, we held one in our arms.”

  20. Mariella & Hobie, I was so very sorry to hear about your daughter. I cannot imagine what you are going through. You are in my prayers.

  21. Your pain is unthinkable. Be thankful that you had pleasure of having her, even though it was not long enough, and know that many strangers, like me, cannot stop thinking about the sadness of loosing your wonderful child.

  22. Mariella, Hobie, & Jessica, Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family. We were shocked to hear about Sarah and can’t even imagine the sadness you are going through. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. God Bless you, David & Chrissy Dalrymple & Girls

  23. Dear Smalley Family, We just wanted to let you know that our prayers are with you. God Bless you and your family though this tragic and trying time.

  24. Dear Mariella, Hobie, and Jessie Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. I can not imagine the heartache and emptiness that you are feeling. May God comfort you, hold you in the palm of his hand, and give you strength. God Bless and keep you Natalie Teaff

  25. when we were little we would go play in the mud puddles after it stopped raining & we went swimming every wednesday for my grandma’s cook out’s

  26. Hobie,Mariella,and Jessie, We will miss Sarah’s smiling face and laughter.She was a beautiful young girl.We will miss her so much.May God help you through this tough time. “God has a rose patch with grown roses,and every once in a while he needs a rose bud” with love,The Boyd Family Kaitlyn,Josh,Tim,And Grace.

  27. I can’t even begin to make sense of what happened. If my heart is broken I can only imagine how you are all feeling. I’ll miss Sarah “helping” Ian clean his room! Sarah was truly special and we all loved her very much. If there is anything I can do, I’m only a few steps behind you! Jessie, please come down any time you need or want to.

  28. Dear Hobie, Mariella, and Jessie: God only know why this tragedy happened. She is at her eternal rest with Jesus in Heaven. Hold on to the good memories and remember that you will be reunited one day. God Bless. Love and Prayers, Robert and Denise Schwab

  29. Mariella, Hobie and Jesse, What a horrible sadness for your family. Use the strength of your faith to hold you up on the inside and the strength of your friends and family to hold you up on the outside. You will be in our prayers. God Bless all of you.

  30. Dear M/M Smalley & Jess, Words cannot express my deep sadness when I heard of this terrible news. I am away in Boston, Mass but please know that all my prayers are with you. I will nver forget Sarah’s excitment in gym class and in everything. I will be in touch when I return home. Again, know that I am with you in prayer and spirit. May God Bless each of you with his loving strength. Jess, if you need another friend, please feel free to call. All my love, Mrs. Higgins

  31. Hobie, Mariella & Jessie, I just wanted you to know that even though I haven’t seen you guys in a long time that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I was in total shock when I heard about it. I am sorry that I didn’t get to come to the viewing or funeral. But I at least wanted to share my condolences with you. May god be with you in this time of loss. I am thinking about you guys. Sorry for your loss.

  32. Mr. and Mrs Smalley and family, We do not know your family personally, but your tragedy has touched our hearts….Please know that we and the entire voice of Pentecost church will be praying for you all!!! Hayes Family

  33. Dear, Hobbie,Marriel,and Jessie, Sorry to hear about Sarah, hope you make it through this rough time, my prayers are with you… Love, Brianna

  34. You do not know me but, I wanted to tell you there was not a dry eye in Weirton when the news was on about your daughter. I am so very sorry. Please know we will all keep you in our prayers and god bless you and keep you strong at this very difficult time. Janet Ridgway

  35. To the family of Sarah Dawn Smalley: You don’t know me but I wanted to express my deepest sympathies in the loss of your child, know that she is with the angels watching down on you. God’s arms are wrapped around each and every one of you to comfort you and give you strength during this difficult time…Please know that we are praying for you.

  36. I sit here and try to think of words to say to all your family, some I know and some I don’t. But, there are no words to console someone at the loss of a child.Surely, Sarah is with God and the angels in the heavenly home where we all hope to meet one day. But, I know, that doesn’t make this loss any easier to bear. I also know both families are strong in their Christian beliefs and those beliefs are what will see you all through this time of grief. God bless you all. I wish I had been able to offer my condolences in person but was not. So, please accept them now and just know that all your families will be in my prayers.

  37. Words cannot ease the pain and lose that we feel. Crying can lift the weight off of our hearts and prayers can help guide us through times of despair. My prayers are with you and your families for support and strength during this sad time. Keep your heads held high and don’t let the devil get you down.

  38. This is not the end, It’s just the beginning. The beginning with a new outlook on sarah’s death. We feel lost, confused, and anger. But most of all we feel sadness. We try to think “WHY”. I don’t no why. But God does. He needed sarah, And for a good reason. When you sit down and you fell like you can’t go on and that It’s the end of the world. Remember she is in a better place, She is safer then we will ever be, Remember that she loves her family and friends. I pray for you, Hobie, Mariella, and Jessie.

  39. Hobie,Mariella,and Jessie Sarah was my best friend and she still is. I miss her so much, and I bet you do to. I talk to her all the time. I’m so sorry that she is gone know, but we’ll all see her again some day and hopefully its soon. Jess you have been like a sister to me! I Love you all so much! LOVE, Cass

  40. Mariella & Hobie, I am so sorry about Sarah. I was away on vacation so I didn’t find out about it until just recently. She was such a sweetheart. What can I say. I know you two and your whole family must feel like you can’t breath. But, you know she is in heaven. God has one of his angels back. I’ll pray for you two, and if you need anything, anything at all please don’t hesitate to call me any time any day. Love, Gerri

  41. Hobie, Mariella, and Jessie, We are so saddened to hear of Sarah’s passing. Please know that you guys have been in our thoughts and prayers since hearing the news. We are sorry we were unable to make it to the services. Your family has been close in thought the past few days, especially today. We were just talking about the time when you guys came down to Grandpa Markins’ services back in Jan. ’95. It was at that time, Mariella was due to have Sarah any day. How time does fly. Please know that we are always here for you, and your family will continue to be in our prayers. Hopefully, our families can reunite sometime in the near future. Take care and may God bless you now and in the future. Love, Bill, Ruth Ann, Shannon, and Julie Spaun

  42. Dear Jessie, My eyes fill with tears when I think about how you must be feeling this week. You are such a darling young lady and Sarah was lucky to have you as her big sister. Please know that you are in my prayers and thoughts….. Much love to you and your family, Mrs. Fodor

  43. Hobie, Mariella and Jessie, There aren’t enough words to express my heartfelt sympathy that goes out to you and your family. To have a child taken so tragic & suddendly is uncomprehendable. Believe that Sarah is at peace and at home with God and she’ll be one of his Angels looking over you and your family. Hold onto to your faith in God, the support of your family & friends and you’ll get through this One Day At A Time. I do believe that Sarah’s sudden death has made many people open their eyes to how precious life really is. I know it did me & also know that I give the people closest to my heart an extra hug & I Love You’s….especially my children. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you and will keep you in my prayers. Take care of each other & cherish each day you have with one another. Love, Debbie Wiley

  44. We are so very sorry about the loss of your daughter. You and your family are in our prayers. Melody,Gary and Allison Lange

  45. hey i barely knew sarah so i just wanted to say soryy for your los a couple of my friends knew her very well and explanned to me how nice she was . just recently i had a death in my family and i know how it feels to be hurting so i just wanted to say you will be ok in the end i never realy forgot about my uncle who died but what is helping me go on is the memorys so i just wanted to say i am sorry for your loss and u will make it kelsey

  46. Sarah, I can’t belive ur gone. I can remember playing with u and my good friend Hailey at ur grandmas house. It’s so weird to no that ur in heaven now. But god only takes the best! Watch over all of us and keep us safe! Ur are angel! We all love and miss u very much!

  47. Dear Smalley family, I was saddened to hear about Sarah’s death.We were out of the country and my mother-in-law told us. I just could not believe it. I taught third grade at St. Paul this past year and had Sarah in my cooking classes. She and Cassidy were like two “peas in a pod”. She will be sadly missed by every one at St. Paul. Johnna, Mike and Owen Lewis

  48. I didn’t know her, but i still feel sypathy for all who did know her. i love the site…hello kitty is great

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