George Edward Gongola

February 27, 1932 - July 13, 2023

02/27/1932 - 07/13/2023

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Funeral Service
Wednesday July 19, 2023
10:00 am
St. Michael Catholic Church
Wheeling, WV 26003
Wednesday July 19, 2023
11:00 am
Mt. Calvary Cemetery l Bishops Chapel
1685 National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003

George Edward Gongola, 91, of Wheeling, WV, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 13, 2023 in Good Shepherd Nursing Home.

He was born in Bellaire, OH on February 27, 1932, an son of the late Walter and Mary (Dyrdek) Gongola. George was a graduate of Wheeling Central Catholic High School and a faithful member of St. Michael Catholic Church. He served in the Army during the Korean War and later retired from Canalco Aluminum.

George was an avid golfer and tennis player. His real passion was baseball and was the last remaining player of the 1949 Post 1 Legion Baseball Team that went to the Legion World Series. He also played in the Cleveland Indians Minor League System.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by six brothers Stanley, Fredrick, Walter, Joseph, Alfred and Edward and three sisters, Dorothy, Pauline and Elsie.

George is survived by two brothers, John (Bertha) Gongola and Kenny (Linda) Gongola both of Wheeling; two sisters, Rosemary (WD) Duplaga of Cleveland, OH and Patricia Gongola of Wheeling and several nieces and nephews.

A mass of Christian burial will be held Wednesday, July 19, 2023 at 10 am at St. Michael Catholic Church. Interment will be held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Central Catholic High School Athletic Department by clicking here.

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Sue Blevins
7 months ago

George was a kind, friendly, knowledgeable, talkative, and a true gentleman. We met through tennis so many decades ago. He was a legend and will be remembered by many. He never forgot who I was, and always said my name. We would connect occasionally when we were walking or see each other at Kroger. He loved to walk. When I did not see him walking, I just thought our schedules for walking had changed. I am sorry to read about his passing. My thoughts, prayers, and deepest condolences are with the Gongola Family.

Tom & Michelle John
7 months ago

George was our neighbor on Maple Avenue for 25 years. My kids enjoyed his baseball stories. He gave my son a valuable baseball card in 1989 which has been passed down to my baseball loving grandson. George realized the benefits of exercise and could be seen walking in Woodsdale no matter the weather. RIP George

Sharon & Joe Bourgo
7 months ago

George was a very religious man that loved God more than anything. He trusted God totally and came to morning mass everyday. He was a legend in baseball, a veteran of our country and a great example of God’s love. He will be missed by many. My husband and I were fortunate enough to spend some time with him when he was at Good Shepherd Nursing Home. What a great man! God bless all of you during this difficult time.

Kevin Smith
7 months ago

Several years ago my daughter moved in next door to George. He looked out for her like a daughter. He was such a kind and gentle man. My sincere condolences to George’s family.

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum
7 months 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 George Edward Gongola, 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, George Edward Gongola, 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 †

Dennis R Albaugh
7 months ago

My sincere and humble condolences to the family and friends of George. Denny Albaugh