Betty Ida Hickman, 96 of Wheeling, WV, died on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 at Country Club Rehabilitation Campus at Bellaire, OH.
She was born on September 6, 1926 to the late Luigi Giarolli and Emma (Alessandri) Giarolli Zagorits in Lafferty. Ohio.
In addition to her parents, Betty is preceded in death by her step-father, Joseph Zagorits; two (2) brothers, John and Joe Zagorits; Two (2) sisters, Rosemary Zagorits and Erma Zelinsky; two (2) sons,Robert David and William Joseph Hickman as well as her loving husband, Sgt. Robert D. Hickman of the USMC who was killed in action on December 10, 1965 in Vietnam while serving his country.
Betty was a 1943 Graduate of Triadelphia High School. She worked at G. C. Murphy, Sonotone, Blessed Trinity Parish and The Diocese of Wheeling/Charleston, where she retired after twenty (20) years.
On May 30, 1957 Betty married the love of her life, her husband, Robert David Hickman. Robert and Betty were blessed with five (5) children, David, Ron, Rick, Dan, and Billy Hickman. In 1964, Betty lost her five (5) year old son, David and in 1966 she lost her one (1) year old son, Billy. It was her unwavering faith that pulled her through such difficult times. Betty raised her three (3) sons while working full time, volunteering with Catholic Charities and serving as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Joseph Cathedral.
Betty loved her Wheeling Island Community and they loved her! Someone was always asking; “How’s your mom?”. She also loved the Wheeling Nailers and was a season ticket holder until the age of 90. She was also a huge fan of her Pittsburgh Steelers, WVU Mountaineers and Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Left to cherish her memory and carry on her legacy are her three (3) children, Ron (Denise Bowen) Hickman of Bridgeport, OH, Rick (Stephanie) Hickman of Wheeling, WV, and Dan (Kitty) Hickman of The Big Island, HI; five (5) grandchildren, Cory, Elisa, Ronnie, Kayla, and Asja Hickman; five (5) great grandchildren and her sister, Blanche R. Kirkland.
Betty’s family would like to thank the staff and residents of Country Club Rehabilitation Campus at Bellaire, OH, Amedysis Hospice as well as The Catholic Charities Meals on Wheels.
Family and friends will be received Friday, December 30, 2022 at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff Street, Wheeling, WV from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. A Funeral Mass to celebrate Betty’s life and Faith will be held Saturday, December 31, 2022 at 10:30am at the Cathedral of St. Joseph on Eoff Street in WHeeling, WV with Father Sateesh celebrating. Interment will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions to Betty’s beloved Catholic Charities can be given at www.TMCFunding.com or by mailing checks to; Catholic Charities, 2000 Main Street, Wheeling, WV 26003.
Condolences and memories can be shared at www.altmeyerfuneralhomes.com.
Thank you all for the kind and caring words for my mother and our family. I feel blessed to know how many lives she touched.
Please keep us in your prayers and rejoice in my mother’s reunion with my father and two brothers.
Much love to you all and God bless you.
Dear Ron, Rick, Danny, and families , We are so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Growing up on Indiana Street and with Mrs. Hickman (and all of you) as a neighbor was pure joy! She was an amazing lady – with the kindest heart. She will be greatly missed. We are out of town and sadly missed her services. I am very blessed to have had her in my life. Sending you all our deepest sympathy – much love.
Missy and family.
Ron,Rick, and Danny
I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was one of a kind. She always had a smile on her face and made all of us kids on the island feel safe and welcome. It was an honor to have known her.
God bless you all.
Scott and Linda Edge
I’m so sorry for your loss. I wish I could have been there for your family. I thought the world of your mother and always will.
So sorry for your loss, Betty was a wonderful lady, She always happy and she would always asked about my mom when I would see her in Church. She will be missed.
I want to personally thank everyone for the condolences. They mean the world to me as you all knew how special my mother was.
To dedicate her life to her 3 boys and God after losing my Dad and 2 brothers just shows how amazing she was
If only the world had more people like my mother the world would be so much better.
Again thank you all so very much. It made these past few days a little easier to deal with.
May God Bless You All.
The Hickman family was a legend on the island. Mrs. Hickman raised 3 great sons. She was the nicest neighbor you could ask for. She will be missed. Dementia is hard to watch your loved one deal with. But she kept her smile and her love for the Lord. May she rest in eternity. And may her family find peace in the days ahead.
My prayers and sympathy to Betty’s family as you mourn your loss of a very loving and committed woman. When I taught at Blessed Trinity School, she was one of the mothers who was always there to help in any way.
Later when she worked at the Chancery with Sr. Mary Byron, I saw her often. She was always professional and compassionate to all who came to the office.
She is now enjoying her family in all the fullness of God’s love. May she enjoy the blessings of our God whom she loved and served so well.
Sister Carmella, CSJ
We are very saddened at the passing of your Mom. I know how close you were to her and how much of a loving Mom she was to you and your family. She is resting in peace now and with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God Bless her and God Bless you and your family.
John and Joanne Triveri
Ronnie, Rick, and Danny,
Your mom will always be remembered as an icon of the Wheeling Island community. As we were growing up, there wasn’t a person on the island who did not know and respect your mom!!! She was and will always be the best! My prayers are with you and your families.