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Rose Josephine Purpura

October 4, 1924 - September 2, 2021

Rose Josephine Purpura, 96, of Benwood, WV, passed away peacefully Thursday, September 2, 2021 at Continuous Care Center Wheeling Hospital.

She was born in Benwood, October 4, 1924, a daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Prezkop) Szeligo. Rose was an active member of the former St. Ladislaus Catholic Church and a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church. She was a talented seamstress and truly enjoyed all the time she spent with her family.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her loving husband, Bartholomew Purpura (2002); three brothers, John, Chester and Walter Szeligo; two sisters, Mary Ann Rzepka and Dorothy Mathys and a son-in-law, Daniel Krulcik.

Rose is survived by her four daughters, Rosemary Purpura of Benwood, Patricia Purpura of Benwood, Christine Krulcik of Martins Ferry, OH and Janet (Michael) Simons of Triadelphia, WV; two sons, Joseph Purpura of Dry Fork, WV and James (Natalie) Purpura of Blairstown, NJ; five grandchildren, Frank (Stacey) Purpura, Chad (Charlotte) Purpura, Anthony Simons, Dr. Kaylee (BJ) Purpura-Ivey and Joshua Krulcik; five great-grandchildren, Caleb, Lauren, Audrey, Alex and Ethan and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff at Continuous Care Center Wheeling Hospital for the loving and compassionate care she received.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, September 4, 2021, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church at 11 am. Interment will take place at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Congregation of St. Joseph by clicking here or to Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center by clicking here.

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Service Information

Service Information

Date: Saturday, September 4, 2021

Time: 11:00 am


St. Alphonsus Catholic Church

2111 Market Street
Wheeling, WV 26003

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