Grace Fahey Kolibash finished her journey on earth Sunday, August 23, 2020, at her home.
Grace was born April 15, 1930, the daughter of the late Joseph E. and Elizabeth Havercamp Fahey. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Thomas A. Kolibash Jr., in January of 2000; daughter, Karen, in April of 1971; brother and sister-in-law, Jay and Dorothy Fahey; sister and brother-in-law, Elaine and Bill Chapman; son-in-law, Mark Pappa; grandson, Vinny Pappa; and special friend and prayer partner, Charles “Chic” Curran.
Grace was a 1948 graduate of the former St. Joseph’s Academy; a 1951 graduate of the Wheeling Hospital School of Nursing; and attended the College of Steubenville. She retired from Wheeling Hospital after 36 years of service, where she spent her last 11 years there as the nurse manager of the operating room. She served as a board member and President of the Ohio Valley Chapter of the Operating Room Nurses. After retirement she was a volunteer at Wheeling Hospital, working in various departments, and a member of the Wheeling Hospital Auxiliary and the Wheeling Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae, where she served on the board and was treasurer for 7 years. She also worked as an office nurse for Dr. Robert Caveney on a part-time basis. She enjoyed her monthly lunches with her high school classmates, nursing classmates and working friends.
Grace was a very active member of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, where she served as a Minister of the Eucharist, reader, choir member, minister to the home bound (Camillus Society) and coordinator of the funeral luncheon committee and the prayer support group. She was also a member of the Rosary Altar Society, the Lady Knights of the Columbus, and was a member of the Cathedral of St. Joseph’s vocational and festival choir. She was also the 2013 recipient of the Bishop’s Cross.
She was an avid reader and helped to establish the library at Our Lady of Peace School and was a volunteer reading tutor with the Ohio County School System and Our Lady of Peace School. During quiet time she loved to quilt and cross stitch.
Grace is survived by three daughters: Susan Higgins of Richmond, KY, Nancy Pappa and her partner, Steve Mele of Wheeling and Patty Anderson and her husband, Tom of Temple, TX; a son, Tim and his wife, Lisa of Canal Winchester, OH; seven grandchildren, Jonathan (Ashley) Higgins of Winchester, KY, Matthew (Mandy) Higgins of Lexington, KY, Katie (John) Cornforth of Cincinnati, OH, Sarah (Wyatt) Royce of Pittsburgh, PA, Mitch Anderson of Chicago, IL, Brett Anderson of College Station, TX, and Tommy Kolibash of Arlington Heights, IL, great-grandchildren, Lily and Xander Higgins of Winchester, KY and Rorey and Abby Higgins of Lexington, KY; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends and family will be received from 2-8 pm, Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Elm Grove Chapel, 154 Kruger Street, Wheeling, where a rosary service will be held at 7:30 pm. Please note that social distancing will be in place during visitation and rosary service. All attendees will be required to wear a mask or face covering.
Funeral services for Grace will be private. Interment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Peace Church or Our Lady of Peace School, 690 Mount Olivet Road, Wheeling, WV 26003.
A live broadcast of Grace’s funeral Mass can be viewed remotely by clicking here- https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/17882196
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