Francis Anthony Pucharich

September 6, 1936 - August 29, 2022

09/06/1936 - 08/29/2022

Past Services

Friday September 02, 2022
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Lutes & Kirby-Vance Chapel
118 Grant Avenue
Moundsville, WV 26041
304-845-4560 | Directions
Additional Information:

Rosary Service – 7 pm

Saturday September 03, 2022
St. Joseph Settlement Cemetery
Marshall County
304-845-3997 | Directions
Funeral Service
Saturday September 03, 2022
11:00 am
St. Jude Church
710 Jefferson Ave
Glendale, WV 26038

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.

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Tuffy Green
1 year ago

Best thing I can say about Francis and I will be short!
Francis was a good good man! May he Rest In Peace ,

Tom Glusich
1 year ago

Lynn, Mary, Sue, Francie, Amy and Family, I’m so sorry for the loss of your Dad. When we came home to visit our parents, I would always look to see if Mr. Pucharich was sitting on the front porch and if he was , we would usually have a chat – always so nice to talk with him. And I’m forever grateful for his visits to our Dad when he was at Good Shepherd. May he Rest In Peace.

1 year ago

Sending much love and condolences from Florida. Francis was indeed a gentle and sweet man. I enjoyed the last time my family and I were able to spend time with…touring around WV and going to St. Josephs homestead. He was a real trooper that day and we heard a lot of great stories! Lynn, Mary, Suzi, Frances and Amy our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find strength in the coming days and weeks ahead from the Lord.
Love, Mary Lowe Alexander, Craig and McKinzy

Chad, Sarah & Andrew Miller
1 year ago

Francis was one of the good ones. Every memory I have being around him was full of happiness and laughter. Your family has always radiated joy and has always left a positive impact. Our condolences go to everyone. We truly wish could be there to say our farewell. God is with you and your family always.

Sheila Nelson-Hensley
1 year ago

Lynn, Paul and the entire family, I have fond memories of your father and grandfather. He was a kind and quiet soul who was welcoming and warm. May he rest in peace and be reunited with your mom. My heartfelt condolences for all of you.

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum
1 year ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,

 May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Francis Anthony Pucharich, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.

I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

My thoughts

and prayers to the family of ….

US Army Veteran, Francis Anthony Pucharich, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

Anne Loso
1 year ago
  1. Parents and Grandparents are blessings that we don’t usually get to keep our entire lives. We do get to keep their legacies alive with the way we live our lives. Your father and grandfather has built a great legacy for your amazing family. May he Rest In Peace. Much love , Mike and Anne Loso
Ric Thompson
1 year ago

Your Dad was a considerate, faithful and generous man. He left such a heartwarming legacy with our entire family, and I’ll miss him too. May he rest In peace with Agnes in heaven.
Fishing with him in Canada is one of my fondest memories. I consider myself lucky to have known him.