Maria Louise Smith

December 6, 1967 - September 3, 2022

12/06/1967 - 09/03/2022

Past Services

Memorial Gathering
Tuesday September 27, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Elm Grove Chapel
154 Kruger Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-242-0330 | Directions
Memorial Service
Tuesday September 27, 2022
3:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Elm Grove Chapel
154 Kruger Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-242-0330 | Directions

Maria Louise Smith, 54, of Wheeling, WV, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September3, 2022 at her residence after her long battle with an illness.
She was born December 6, 1967 in South Carolina, daughter of JoAnn (Jafrate) Smith of Wheeling.
Maria was a former Social Worker for Northwood Crittenton Services, as a teen, she served as a candy striper at OVGH, a 1986 graduate of John Marshall High School, graduate of WVU School of Social Work, was a Red Cross Volunteer, Wheeling Jr. League member, member of Habitat for Humanity and All Women Build Home.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Jeffrey Smith; grandparents, Mary & Albert Jafrate; uncle James Durig Sr. In addition to her mother, Maria is survived by her aunt, Gloria Durig of St. Clairsville, OH; sister-in-law, Patty (Pete) Economos of Highland, NY, four cousins, Heidi, Fritz and Anna Heiby all of Zanesville, OH and James Durig Jr. of Cincinnati, Ohio.
There will be a Memorial Gathering on Tuesday September 27 from 2pm until time of service at 3pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Elm Grove Chapel, 154 Kruger Street, Wheeling, WV.
The family wants to thank Valley Hospice for their caring and compassionate care of Maria in her time of need.
Online condolences may be made to the family at
In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions may be made to Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church or to the Huntington’ s Disease Foundation at 505 Eighth Avenue/ Suite 902, New York, New York 10018.

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Monika Eggenschwiler Dürig
16 days ago

My dear friend during my exchange year at JMHS aswell as my “other” american cousin. I will always remeber you. Rest in peace.

Pamela M Adams
17 days ago

Charlie and I are so sorry for your loss. May Maria rest in peace.

18 days ago

We have lovely memories of Maria! I remember the delight of finding her here and there in the Ohio Vally when I lived there. She always made me feel like family right from the start. May she Rest In Peace.

Heidi Durig Heiby
18 days ago

My cousin was a sweet soul and my only “sister.” She will be dearly missed.