Joseph R. Front, 88, of Wheeling, WV, passed away Friday, August 17, 2018. He was born in Wheeling on Feb. 11, 1930, a son of the late Vincent M. and Kunegunda (Kobiela) Front.
In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor (Estep); brothers, Harry, Walter, Edward, Casimir, and Clement; and sisters, Sr. Leonard, Sr. Vincent, Rita Krenzel and Anna Nowak. One sister, Theresa Azzi, lives in Ashley, OH. Joe is survived by his six children, daughter, Lale Virostek and children Margaret (Joe) Gagliardi, Laura, A.J., and Katie; daughter, Anne (Larry) Focht and children Emily (Philip) Jackson, and Abbey (Ben) Snelling and great-granddaughter, Eleanor; son, Joseph J. (Katrina) Front and children Ella and Ava; daughter, Betsy (Brian) Babb and children, Molly and William; son, Vincent (Rev. Torie) Front; and daughter, Eileen (Jeff) Schomburger and children, Isabel and Keenan; and many nieces and nephews.
Joe was a Past President and Board member of the Wheeling Lions Club; member of the Serra Club of Wheeling; active member of the Telephone Pioneers of America; served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board for 30 years; and was very active at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, serving as Lector and Greeter and working on several Fund-Raising Projects. He was a graduate of Central Catholic High School; served as a Corporal in the US Army in Nuremburg, Germany; and worked 36 years for C&P Telephone Co. (later Bell Atlantic) in Wheeling and Clarksburg, retiring in 1991. Joe was presented his company’s Distinguished Community Service Award in 1991 for his “Work in the Upper Ohio Valley for his tireless dedication to the Lions Club, Salvation Army, Telephone Pioneers, and devotion to his Church and Community.”
Friends will be received from 2-4 & 6-8 pm, Friday, August 24, 2018, 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, Saturday, August 25, 2018, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, with the Rev. Msgr. Paul Hudock as celebrant. Interment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling, with full military honors provided by the Moundsville Veteran’s Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to: (Click Here) St. Vincent de Paul Parish, 2244 Marshall Avenue, Wheeling WV 26003; (Click Here) the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 137 Mt. St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, WV 26003; or (Click Here) the Marjorie P. Lee Good Samaritan Fund, ERS Foundation, 3870 Virginia Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45227. Contributions may be made online at www.TMCfunding.com. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.altmeyerfuneralhomes.com.