Imogene F. “Jean” (Glessner) Tankovits, 78, of Wheeling, W.Va., passed away Friday, September 25, 2015, in Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling, surrounded by her loving family.
Jean was born June 5, 1937 in Wheeling, a daughter of the late Lee and Bertha (Berry) Glessner. She was the retired owner and operator of the former Windmill Trucking Center; a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Wheeling; and attended Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Mount Olivet. She was also the owner of the Fulton Dairy Queen and an avid “Monday Night” card player.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her former husband, Joseph A. Tankovits, in 2000; and a son, James “Jimmy” Tankovits, in 1985.
Jean is survived by her two daughters, LeAnn Harris (Michael) and Denise Clayton (Greg), both of Wheeling; two sons, Joseph Tankovits (Anita) of Valley Grove and John Tankovits (Kimberly) of Wheeling, with whom she resided; a brother, Robert Lowe (Janet) of Louisville, Ky.; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Moczek and Marlene Collignon, both of Martins Ferry, Ohio; ten grandchildren, Erik Harris (Fiance’ Carly DeCrease), Kylie Harris, John David Tankovits and Jimmy Tankovits, all of Wheeling, Jessica Stieler (Jeremy) of Woodbridge, Va., Michael Clayton and Thomas Clayton (Kayla), both of Wheeling, Joey Tankovits (Leslie) of Wheeling, and Kevin Tankovits (Emily) and Joshua Tankovits, both of Valley Grove; four great-grandchildren, Madeline, Alyson and Anaston Tankovits, Cameron Clayton, and a great-grandson on the way; several nieces and nephews; and Jean’s dearest & closest friend, Mary Ellen Lurty of Wheeling.
Jean was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was loved and will be greatly missed by all.
Friends will be received from 2-8 pm, Monday, at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Elm Grove Chapel, 154 Kruger Street, Wheeling, where a vigil service will be held at 7:30 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am, Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, with the Rev. Dennis Schuelkens as celebrant. Entombment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center, Wheeling, or a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.altmeyer.com