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.