wayne kraina
Wayne Kraina, of Weirton, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 13, 2020, at his home. He was 72. He was born July 25, 1947, a son of the late Rudy and Ann Vignovich Kraina. Wayne was no stranger to work, working several years for the former Weirton Steel Corporation as a Production Specification Analyst and maintaining production records. He also spent time with the cities of Follansbee and Wellsburg as a consultant to their City Manager. A West Virginia University Mountaineers, and New York Yankees fan, Wayne had fond memories of watching and attending many games. Wayne was a true sports fan; he enjoyed all sports. Wayne especially enjoyed golfing. The one aspect of golf other than shooting under par is the coveted Ace or hole-in-one. Something he did, in fact, accomplish, and being an avid golfer, he was very proud to add that to his repertoire. During their childhood years, Wayne was always protective of his younger brother, Michael. He enjoyed a good debate with his family and friends. While enrolled at West Virginia University, Wayne obtained an Undergraduate degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. After graduation from West Virginia University, Wayne held the position of Teaching Fellow in their Political Science Department, introducing Contemporary American Government and Politics to undergraduate students. Wayne is survived by his brother Michael Kraina and his wife Jane of Weirton, and former wife, Janet McLain. Additionally, Wayne was a doting uncle to his niece Danielle (Mark) Blair and nephew Stephen Kraina. The family’s request for cremation has been honored. A memorial service will be announced at a later date and time. Professional services were conducted by Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton, WV. Share tributes and memories at www.grecohertnick.com 304-748-3219.

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  1. Wayne was a friendly guy who loved to laugh…graduated from Follansbee High Class of 1965…attended lots of reunions with my husband George Gurrera and myself Stephanie Gurrera…RIP

  2. Kraina family: We are so sorry for your loss. I, personally, never knew him but when I saw him he was always laughing. Very sad. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at the painful time.

  3. I’m so sorry for the loss of this free, loving soul. I had the honor to be his good friend for 20 years. He will be greatly missed on this Earth. 🌹

  4. Sending prayers of sympathy to Wayne’s Family and May he RIP forever 🙏💙🙏, Janice Petrovich

  5. Mike, Jane and family, We are so sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers as you deal with such a sudden loss. Tim and Angela Reinard

  6. I have known Wayne for many years. I golfed with him at Mountaineer. My prayers are with Mike, Jayne and the family. He will be missed by all who knew him.

  7. To the family of Wayne: our condolences on Wayne’s passing. I remember him from the mill. We did production recording. Good guy. God Bless.

  8. To Michael and family. I am very sorry to hear about the passing of Wayne. We attended school together and I remember him being a great guy. I pray God will give each of you comfort and peace during this difficult time. Jimmy Ross, West Point, Virginia

  9. WAYNE was my absolute best friend in the entire world. Nobody had more heart, soul, intelligence and integrity. I’m missing him tremendously and will continue to do so for eternity. RIP my best friend. I love you.

  10. Please except my condolences to the Kraina Family! I’m so sorry for your loss..Wayne was my buddy for so many years! We hung out in the same places with the same people! I met Wayne when I was only 20 years old when we became friends and what a friend he was! Always caring and so much fun to be with! He will be sadly missed May you RIP my good friend until we see each other again love you Wayne I will miss you so much!!❤️❤️🙏

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