Andrew “Andy” Branicky

January 22, 1923 - April 1, 2024

01/22/1923 - 04/01/2024

Past Services

Visitation
Sunday April 14, 2024
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Benwood-McMechen Chapel
214 Marshall Street
McMechen, WV 26040
304-232-1710 | Directions
Visitation
Sunday April 14, 2024
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Benwood-McMechen Chapel
214 Marshall Street
McMechen, WV 26040
304-232-1710 | Directions
American Legion service
Sunday April 14, 2024
7:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Benwood-McMechen Chapel
214 Marshall Street
McMechen, WV 26040
304-232-1710 | Directions
Vigil service
Sunday April 14, 2024
7:30 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Benwood-McMechen Chapel
214 Marshall Street
McMechen, WV 26040
304-232-1710 | Directions
Mass of Christian Burial
Monday April 15, 2024
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
St. John Catholic Church, Benwood
622 Main Street
Benwood, WV 26031
Directions
Committal service, Military Honors & Interment
Monday April 15, 2024
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Mount Calvary Cemetery Wheeling
1685 National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
Directions

Andrew A. Branicky, 101, of Benwood, WV, peacefully passed away on April 1, 2024, at his home with family. He was born on January 22, 1923, in Benwood, WV, the son of the late Andrew John and Mary Ann (Dvorcak) Kramar Branicky.

Andy attended St. John’s High School in Bellaire; attended Seminary then served in the Merchant Marines. He was a proud U.S. Army veteran who served during the Korean War era.

Andy dedicated his life to hard work and service. He retired from the former Blaw Knox Foundry in Wheeling, WV.

A man of faith and community, Andy was a member and former chaplain of the American Legion, Post No. 46, Benwood, WV. He was also a member, former lector, and past president of the parish council of St. John Catholic Church in Benwood, WV, where he actively contributed to his parish. Additionally, Andy served on the City of Benwood Water Board, demonstrating his commitment to local governance.

In his leisure time, Andy found joy in planting a vegetable garden every spring caring for his lawn, hedges, roses and peonies.

Andy was well known to many local Starbucks’ locations. He enjoyed a good cup of coffee and the company of others. He would often be described as “a real character”.

Andy is survived by his loving children: David Branicky of Benwood; Celeste (Larry) Kelly of Yardley, PA; Monica (Keith) Schemp of Grapevine, TX; and Drew (Tammy) Branicky of Sanger, TX; 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Andy joins his late wife, Kathleen L. (Keller) Branicky, as well as his twin sister, Ann Branicky, and siblings John M. Branicky, Helen Branicky, Joseph Kramar, Paul Kramar, Stephen Kramar , Ignatius Kramar, and Mary Ann Kramar Ferry, in eternal peace.

Friends will be received from 12-3 & 5-8 pm, Sunday, April 14, 2024, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Benwood-McMechen Chapel, 214 Marshall Street, McMechen, WV, where an American Legion service will be held at 7 pm and a vigil service will be held at 7:30 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am, Monday, April 15, 2024, at St. John Catholic Church, Benwood, with Rev. Doney Chacko as celebrant. Interment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling, WV, with full military honors provided by the Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to St. John Catholic Church, 622 Main Street, Benwood, WV 26031 or the Shriners Children’s Hospital, PO Box 947765, Atlanta, GA 30394. Memorial contributions can also be made online by clicking on the links above.

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Renee Clayton
1 day ago

Mr. Branicky always made me smile each and every time that I saw him. He was full of kindness and had a wonderful sense of humor. Thoughts and prayers for the family. Rest in peace Me. Branicky.

Bonnie Zelic
2 days ago

He is already missed. I will miss him calling when he was bored just to see what I was doing and to see if I made it home from the creek safely.

Leslie Johnson
2 days ago

Our condolences to family and friends.

Sue Musilli Elson
3 days ago

Life long neighbor and friend, will be so missed by many. Thanks for the humor and the memories…..you made it HOME <3 xoxo

Enjoli Vanscyoc
4 days ago

What a wonderful man and neighbor. Will miss his waves from the porch. Fly high my friend. You are at peace now.

Mike
5 days ago

Every time I saw this man. I tipped my hat , he earned it

Mark A Kerwood
5 days ago

Being born and raised in Benwood, I had known Andy and his family all my life. Everyone knew and respected Andy. He was a friend to all and will be remembered and missed. Condolences to his family. Rest in peace, Andy.

Eleanor Smila Adams
7 days ago

So sorry for the loss of your dad. I meant him through Kroger Pharmacy when his wife , Kathleen was ill. He truly loved and cared for her. Love to listen to his stories. He always said what was on his mind. Your family is so lucky to have him for such a long time. He will be rembered by so many people! Sending my prayers to his familly.

Zygmunt Tesniarz
7 days ago

Monica,Celeste,Drew and David. Our deepest sympathies from Donna and Zig Tesniarz.
Spent many coffee breaks with Andy. We solved many of the world’s problems. Our biggest discussions dealt with the Catholic Church.
Always loved ANDY’s adventures.
From high school to seminary to merchant marine then Korea and finely a specialist at BLAW KNOX.
Just a great friend to have shared time with.
Just wished I could have attended service. On April 2 I had a total right knee replacement.
REST IN PEACE MY GREAT FRIEND. THANK YOU FOR THE MEMORIES. I WILL NEVER FORGET “The men are herded to the locker room like cattle. The time of death remains obscure. “

Larry Ferrera
8 days ago

Our deepest sympathy to the family of, Andy Branicky. Andy was an Icon in Benwood. Andy was a great friend and outstanding Christian. Rest in the arms of the Lord, my dear friend 🙏