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Erma Ruth Zelinsky

January 13, 1930 - December 22, 2018

Erma Ruth (Giarolli) Zelinsky, 88, loving mother, wife, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away unexpectedly on December 22, 2018 at the Welty Home for the Aged in Wheeling, WV. She was formerly from St. Clairsville, Ohio. Ruth was born January 13, 1930 in Lafferty Ohio, and was the daughter of the late Luigi and Emma Alessandri Giarolli Zagorits and Joseph Zagorits.

The greatest joy in Ruth’s life was her family and the Cleveland Cavs. The family will fondly remember the gatherings at her home over the many years, especially her kielbasa and kraut and spaghetti sauce recipes. She was a longtime member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Ukrainian Catholic Church, and was an active member of the Apostleship of Prayer.

In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Stephen Zelinsky; her brothers, John and Joe; and sister, Rosemary. She leaves behind her children; Susie (Richard) Ryncarz of Wheeling, Julie (Ed) Barkhurst of Adena, Mary Beth (Stephen) Simich of Akron and Ann (Richard) Marling of Shadyside, two sisters, Blanche Kirkland and Betty Hickman, both of Wheeling, grandchildren; Kara (Justin) Jordan, Kelsey Turner, Faith Barkhurst, Sarah Simich, Michael (fiancé Denielle Burnett) Simich, Matthew Simich, Maria Simich, Ryan Marling and great grandson, Weston Turner.

Per Ruth’s wishes, there will be no public visitation. Family and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am, Thursday January 3, 2019, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Ukrainian Catholic Church, Wheeling, with Rev. Jason Charron as celebrant. Interment to follow at National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville, Pa.

Special thanks to all our friends who have prayed for our family. We also want to thank the wonderful staff at the Welty Home for the care and support for Ruth over the last year. Ruth had a special place in her heart for the help she was given in her childhood from the Lions Club and the Kiwanis Club. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Kiwanis Club of Wheeling, P. O. Box 247, Wheeling, WV 26003 or the Wheeling Lions Club, P. O. Box 1122, Wheeling, WV 26003.

Arrangements by Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff Street, Wheeling. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

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Visitation Information

Service Information

Date: Thursday, January 3, 2019

Time: 11:00 am


Our Lady of Perpetual Help Ukrainian Catholic Church

4136 Jacob Street
Wheeling, WV 26003

Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, January 3, 2019


National Cemetery of the Alleghenies

1158 Morgan Road
Bridgeville, PA 15017

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