Barbara Ann (Ciripompa) Tomczyk, 73, of Wheeling, W.Va., passed away Friday, October 23, 2015, in Liza’s Place, Wheeling, surrounded by her five generations of family.
She was born August 9, 1942 in Wheeling, a daughter of Cecelia ((Podeszwa) Ciripompa and the late Herman Ciripompa. She was a 1960 graduate of St. Joseph Academy and was a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Wheeling.
Barbara received her nurses training at the former Wheeling Hospital in North Wheeling. She began her career as an O.R. nurse at Wheeling Hospital, and joined Mountain State Blue Cross / Blue Shield in 1975. She was the Director of Claims Administration and responsible for managing the company’s Wheeling office, which included claims processing and a customer service center. She was promoted to Vice President of Wheeling Operations, and after 28 years of service, retired in October of 2003.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by loving husband of 51 years, Joseph “Tom” Tomczyk; three daughters, Michelle Lynn Tomczyk Cottrell of Wheeling, Stephanie Ann Tomczyk (George) DeRaymond of Manassas, Va. and Christine Lynn Tomczyk of Wheeling; two sisters, Marie Antoinette (Ted) Chute and Kathleen Ann (Jeffrey) Young, both of Wheeling; six grandchildren, Tiffany Cottrell (Josh Prayear), Cory and Bradley Cottrell, Alyssa and Justin DeRaymond, and Caitlin Tomczyk; two great-granddaughters, Maddison and Sabrina; and several nieces, nephews and cousins; and two Aunts Virginia Bucon (Godmother) and Mary Ciripompa.
Friends will be received from 2-8 pm, Tuesday, at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Elm Grove Chapel, 154 Kruger Street, Wheeling, where a vigil service will be held at 6 pm.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 am, Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, with the Rev. Douglas Ondeck as celebrant. Interment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 2111 Market Street, Wheeling, the Lazarus House, 95 East 11th Street, Wheeling, or Liza’s Place, 10686 State Route 150, Rayland, OH 43943. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.altmeyer.com