John W. McAninch

April 23, 1924 - January 21, 2017

04/23/1924 - 01/21/2017

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McANINCH, John William “Mac”, 92, of Wheeling, W.Va., slept away peacefully in Good Shepherd Nursing Home on Saturday, January 21, 2017.

He was born April 23, 1924, in McMechen, W.Va., a son of the late Charles and Edna Leach McAninch.

Mac was one of the original members of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Mount Olivet, W.Va. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the Pacific Theater. He retired from the former Wheeling Wholesale Grocery Company as the office manager and buyer in 1996 after 42 years of employment.

Mac’s life was directed by his profound love of God, his entire family, and the Pittsburgh Pirates. He held in his heart a respect for everyone and always had stories to share with anyone.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Gloria Rickus McAninch in 1983, his second wife, Ellen Reed Wayt McAninch in 2015, two brothers, Charles Joseph and George McAninch, and three sisters, Dorothy Mae Chambers, Betty Lee Colmar, and Sally Tullis.

Surviving are four daughters, Patricia Bousquet (Dave) of Cadiz, Ohio, Kathy Roth (Steve) and Susie Gayda (Don) of Wheeling, and Jennifer Kelly (Mike) of Westerville, Ohio; two step-daughters, Sharon Hudson of Toledo, Ohio and Melinda Thomas (Matthew) of Moundsville, W.Va.; ten grandchildren, Brian Roth (Trisha), Stephanie Roth, and Carly Seals (Andy) all of Wheeling, Derek Roth of Baton Rouge, La., Ben Gayda (Susan) of Kent Store, Va., Matthew Gayda of Morgantown, W.Va., Michelle Miller (Charles) of Cincinnati, Ohio, John and Daniel Kelly of Westerville, Ohio, and Timothy Kelly (Amy) of Mich.; five step-grandchildren, Tracie Martinez (James) of Stow, Ohio, Corie Hudson-Skibinski (Chris), Betsie Dudley (Mike) of Toledo, Ohio, Jessica West of Moundsville, W.Va., and Jimmy West (Samantha) of Fla.; ten great-grandchildren; ten step-great-grandchildren and one step-great great grandchild.

The family would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the entire staff of the Good Shepherd Nursing Home for the compassionate care they provided for Mac throughout his stay.  They truly became family to him.

A celebration of his life will be held at the convenience of his family at Good Shepherd Nursing Home.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Mt. Olivet (Click Here) or to Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Wheeling through (Click Here)

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6 years ago

My sincere condolences to the McAninch family. The death of a loved one can bring many tears and much pain. May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of times spent together and have faith in God’s promise of a new world where death will be no more.(Revelation 21:3,4) To learn more about God’s promise, click the following link to read or listen to this Bible-based information: My deepest sympathy to you all.

Bob and Irene Denning
6 years ago

Please accept our condolences and prayers. So sorry for your loss

Cheryl J Skinner, WV Patriot Guard
6 years 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 John W. McAninch, 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, John W. McAninch, 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 †

Robert Gessler
6 years ago

Will miss Mac at Good Shepherd…he was always a hoot to talk with…and was so happy when I got him what he called “a real sausage sandwich”. God will take care of you now my friend.

Linda Noll Ellis
6 years ago

So sorry to hear of your dad”s passing. I have many happy memories of times spent playing at your house, your dad always made me laugh. He was a good man and I am sure he is enjoying his new life in heaven. Godd bless you all.

Sylvia McNeil
6 years ago

Dear Family
So sorry to learn of the passing of your father
Thoughts and prayers are with you and yours
Take care and keep the faith
God bless and comfort you with His peace and love
Sylvia McNeil (former member of OLP–Markwas)

Mark Parisi. Staff Member, GSNH
6 years ago

I will really miss the time spent with Mac at GSNH, he always loved to tell stories and voice his opinion on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Rest well my friend, prayers and thoughts to his loving family.

Ray and Candice Merkle
6 years ago

Mac was a wonderful neighbor. He joined us in our annual Christmas Brunch – always wearing the golf sweater that we will always remember. May he rest in peace knowing he was a good man and neighbor. Blessings to all the family. Ray and Candice Merkle of Bethlehem.