Frances C. Amato

April 19, 1931 - January 5, 2018

04/19/1931 - 01/05/2018

Past Services

Thursday January 11, 2018
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Elm Grove Chapel
154 Kruger Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-242-0330 | Directions
Friday January 12, 2018
10:00 am
Our Lady of Seven Dolors
Chapel Hill Road
Triadelphia, WV 26059
304-547-5395 | Directions
Mt. Calvary Cemetery-Wheeling
1685 National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 242-0460 | Directions

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

* 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.

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Joe & Denise Bednar
3 years ago

We love you all our prayers always

Jim McDermott
5 years ago

Francine, Anna Marie, and Jackie: Although I haven’t seen your mother, or you girls, in many years, my thoughts quickly return to our days as neighbors on Paxton Ave. I remember the friendship our parents shared. And I especially remember how kind your mother was, alongside Patty Straughn, Kay McGee, and others from the neighborhood, to our family when our mother was ill so many years ago. While taking care of her own family, she also made meals for us, and helped my mom and our family get thru a very difficult time. I am forever grateful to have had such a kind and caring neighbor. My sincere condolences to your family during this difficult time.—Jim McDermott, Charlotte NC

Jackie Shia
5 years ago

Francine, Anna Marie, Jackie and your families, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. She was such a wonderful lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sorry that I’m out of town and couldn’t come to the funeral home.

Frank DeChiazza
5 years ago

Francine, Anna Marie and Jackie, so sorry to learn of your mom’s passing. Your mom and dad were the best! I have many fond memories of them growing up. They were such a loving and kind couple. Prayers and love from the DeChiazza’s.

Evelyn E. McNabb
5 years ago

So sorry to hear of your loss. You have lots of loving memories of your mom and dad and this will sustain you in the days and years ahead. May God be with you at this time.

Dominick (Nick) Gitto
5 years ago

Aunt Francie you will always be remembered by me. I know you are in heaven in Gods kingdom with Uncle Jack the rest of our family. Rest in piece . Love always.

Angela Annobile
5 years ago

What a beautiful life you all shared. May the light guide your mother to a wonderful resting place where we will all meet again. Sincere condolences to the Amato family. Blessings and love Pamela Robb and Angela Anobile

Keith Estep - Pittsburgh, Pa
5 years ago

Francine, Anna Marie, Jackie and families, I was saddened to hear of your mothers passing and so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

Patty Pierrard
5 years ago

So Sorry For Your Loss. Jackie I do not know if you remember me but this is Patty Swinney now Pierrard from Pittsburgh Pa. Spent time with you and Lori ? years ago. Graduated in 1979.

Jennifer Reed
5 years ago

May Jehovah God sustain you at this time of such great loss. “The bible says about our heavenly father. “When anxieties overwhelmed me, you comforted and soothed me.”​—Ps. 94:19. May he prove to be that for you now!