Adrienne Burns Streba McElwain, 85, of Toronto, OH, formerly of Wheeling, WV, passed away on April 19, 2022 at Cross Roads Assisted Living in East Liverpool, OH surrounded by her loving family.
She was born March 18, 1937 in Wheeling, WVA, to Oscar (Duke) Streba, and Elizabeth (Betty) Burns Smith. Adrienne attended Mount de Chantal school in Wheeling West Virginia and practiced her catholic faith at St. Michael’s Church. She learned her work ethic by working in her father’s pharmacy after school.
She attended WVU and pursued a career in Radiology as an X-ray technician. She worked for Saint John’s Hospital in Steubenville, OH for more than 30 years, where she was loved and respected by her colleagues. Her calm and professional demeanor was appreciated by those in her care.
She met her husband James “Jim” McElwain at the Steubenville Boat Club. They were married on May 5, 1962 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Weirton, WVA. They bought a home in Toronto Ohio where they raised three daughters.
She was a practicing catholic and attended mass regularly at Saint Francis in Toronto, OH and St. Michael’s in Wheeling, WVa.
Adrienne wrote many editorials for the local newspaper, often criticizing the Vietnam war while praising our troops and their service. Although she was vocal in her opinion, she always communicated a calming, rational argument that inspired retrospection.
Adrienne loved horseback riding, boating, fishing, waterskiing, camping and gardening. She spent much of her free time horseback riding and fishing in Beaver Creek State Park. She loved animals and often cared for multiple cats and dogs in her Toronto, OH home.
She was a dedicated and supportive grandmother to five grandchildren. She was an accomplished cook and who would host family dinners on Sundays and Holidays.
She enjoyed sharing her beloved Oglebay with her children, niece Julia Steinmetz and grandchildren. She spent her summers with family at Oglebay teaching her grandchildren to swim at the pool and how to fish at Schenk Lake. She also spent countless hours with her grandchildren exploring Oglebay’s Good Zoo and enjoying the special time spend riding the Good Zoo train with them.
Adrienne was a kind, gentle, generous and dedicated mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.
Her warm smile and sarcastic wit will be deeply missed. Those who were blessed to know her will always be inspired by her life well-lived.
She is preceded in death by her parents Oscar (Duke) and Betty Streba, her husband James McElwain, and her sister Betty Jo Steinmetz.
She is survived by her daughters Beth Ann (Abe) Frost, Kimberly Ann (Morgan)Adams and Kelly Ann McElwain (Jim Manly), her grandchildren Shannon Frost, Jarrod Frost, Morgan Gooodpasture Adams Jr., James McElwain Adams, Nicholas “Ash”worth Adams and her loving niece, Julia Steinmetz Bencze.
A funeral mass will be held at St. Michael Catholic Church – Wheeling, WV on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 11:00 am.
Memorial contributions may be made in Adrienne’s name to one of the following organizations: the Alzheimer’s Association – Ohio Northwest Chapter, the American Cancer Society, St. Jude Research Hospital, Catholic Charities – Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, Catholic Charities of Southeastern Ohio, or St. Francis of Assisi Parish-Toronto, Ohio.
Arrangements by Altmeyer Funeral Home – 1400 Eoff Street Wheeling, WV 26003