Frances C. (Gitto) Amato, 86, formerly of Paxton Avenue, Elm Grove, W.Va., passed away Friday, January 5, 2018, in Wheeling Hospital, after a brief illness.
Frances was born April 19, 1931, in Martins Ferry, Ohio, a daughter of the late Sam and Concetta “Annie” (Nester) Gitto. She was Catholic by faith.
Frances enjoyed playing cards weekly with her many close lifelong friends; traveling with her husband, Jack; gardening and crocheting. She also loved to entertain friends and family, always cooking and baking for them.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years, Jack; three sisters, Rose Insana, Mary Zitari and Phyllis Bednar; and two brothers, Dominic & Steve Gitto.
She is survived by her three daughters, Francine Amato of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Anna Marie (Tom) Miller of Wheeling, and Jackie (Andrew) Lorms of Columbus, Ohio; six grandchildren, Christopher (Sarah) Bayardi, Andrew (Danielle) Bayardi, Gina (Dustin) Bowman, Maxwell Swinney, Katie (Cesar) Viray and Jack Lorms; a great-grandson, John Isaac Bayardi; a great-granddaughter, Nora Bayardi; and several nephews and nieces, especially Concetta (Ron) Meagher of Columbus, Ohio.
Friends will be received from 3-7 pm, Thursday, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Elm Grove Chapel, 154 Kruger Street, Wheeling, where a vigil service will be held at 7 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am, Friday, January 12, 2018, at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Triadelphia. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.
In accordance with Frances’ wishes, memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, River Walk Corporate Centre 333 E. Carson Street, Suite 441, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 by CLICKING HERE, or Faith in Action Caregivers, 38 N. 4th Street, Martins Ferry, OH 43935 by CLICKING HERE. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.altmeyerfuneralhomes.com
* Immediately following the funeral Mass at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church, friends and family are invited to a luncheon at the parish hall at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 2244 Marshall Avenue, Wheeling, WV 26003.