Francis “Pap” Anthony Pucharich, 85, of Glen Dale, WV, passed away peacefully Monday, August 29, 2022 after a brief illness.
He was born in Glen Dale, WV, September 6, 1936, the son of the late Marion and Katherine (Garvonic) Pucharich. Francis attended St. Francis Xavier Grade School and Union High School. He was a US Army veteran, a proud member of the United Mine Workers of America and retired from Consolidated Coal Company after over 35 years of service.
Francis was a founding member of St. Jude Catholic Church, Elk Lodge #28, the Knights of Columbus Father Flanigan Council 1907 and a charter member of the Assembly of the 4th Degree. Francis was a dedicated father providing life long guidance and encouragement to his five daughters. His grandchildren and great-granddaughters were an unending source of pride and joy. Francis was known by his friends and family for his endless stories and reminiscing way.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his loving wife of 51 years, Agnes Baker Pucharich who passed away in 2012; as well as his sister, Agnes DiChiazza and brothers-in-law, Paul DiChiazza and Dan Montgomery.
Francis is survived by his five daughters, Lynn (Paul) Cook of Richmond, VA, Mary (Scott) McKeets of St. Clairsville, OH, Suzanne Thompson of Wheeling, WV, Dr. Frances Pucharich of Venetia, PA and Amy (Raymond) Murray of Morgantown, WV; 12 grandchildren, Matthew (Hilary) Cook, Allison (Neill) Lewis, Hilary (Drew) Loso, Emily (Cliff) Selman, Anthony Thompson, Nicholas Thompson, Samuel Crow, Hannah Crow, Olivia Murray, Abigail Murray, Sean Murray and Aidan Murray; two great-granddaughters, Eleanor Loso and Katherine Lewis; one sister, Katherine Montgomery of Powell, OH and several nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will be received Friday, September 2, 2022 from 4-7 pm, with Rosary devotions at 7pm, at Altmeyer Funeral Homes, Lutes & Kirby-Vance Chapel, 118 Grant Ave. Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, September 3, at 11 am at St. Jude Catholic Church, 710 Jefferson Ave., Glen Dale. Interment immediately to follow at St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery, Proctor, WV.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Francis’ memory to St. Jude Catholic Church, 710 Jefferson Ave., Glen Dale, WV 26038.
Goodbye from those who love you, Pap. We wish you rest and peace. We carry the life and lessons you and Meem gave us and know that on the far side of our grief lies a memory that will bring us joy when we need it most.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.altmeyerfuneralhomes.com.
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