Mary Elizabeth Kovalick

July 31, 1942 - January 11, 2019

07/31/1942 - 01/11/2019

Past Services

Monday January 14, 2019
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Elm Grove Chapel
154 Kruger Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-242-0330 | Directions
Tuesday January 15, 2019
Mt. Calvary Cemetery-Wheeling
1685 National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 242-0460 | Directions
Tuesday January 15, 2019
11:00 am
St. Vincent dePaul Church
2244 Marshall Ave.
Wheeling, WV 26003

Mary Elizabeth (Hercules) Kovalick, 76, of Wheeling, passed away Friday, January 11, 2019, in Liza’s Place, Wheeling.

 Mary was born July 31, 1942, in Wheeling, a daughter of the late James W. Hercules and Gladys (Wilson) Hercules Shafer.  She was a 1960 graduate of Wheeling High School; a former employee of Stone & Thomas Dept. Store; and a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Wheeling.

 In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her step-father, Harry L. Shafer.  She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Robert J. Kovalick, Sr.; three children, Melinda “Mindy” Kovalick Kent and her husband, Roger of Triadelphia, Robert J. Kovalick, Jr. of Wheeling, and Rebecca J. Kovalick Miskiewicz and her husband, Michael “Mickey” of Wheeling; a sister, Charlotte Thorn and her husband, Ronald of Wheeling; a brother, James Hercules and his wife, Kathy of Florida; a sister-in-law, Mickey Kovalick of Wheeling; two grandchildren, Krista Montes and her husband, Anthony of Whispering Pines, NC, and Maliah Grace Miskiewicz of Wheeling; four nieces and two nephews; and several great-nieces and nephews.

 Friends will be received from 3-8 pm, Monday, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Elm Grove Chapel, 154 Kruger Street, Wheeling.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am, Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at St. Vincent de Paul Church, with the Rev. James Lacrosse, S.M., as celebrant.  Interment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.

 Memorial contributions may be made to Liza’s Place, Valley Hospice Care Center South, 10686 State Route 150, Rayland, OH 43943 (or by clicking here), or the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202 (or by clicking here).  Contributions can also be made online at

 Online condolences may be offered to the family at


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Larry Ullom
3 years ago

Praying for God’s peace and comfort on all the family. I always remember Mary as a gentle and kind woman, when my brother and I would play with Mindy, Bobby, and Becky. She will be fondly missed.

Karen Yost Catlett
3 years ago

My deepest sympathy to the family.
Sister & I grew up together on Baker Street. We graduated from Wheeling High in 1960 together. We were friends for life even though there were many miles between us. She will always be in my heart with fond memories. Till we meet again dear friend.

Dennis R Albaugh
3 years ago

My sincere and deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mary. Denny Albaugh

Walid Gharib
3 years ago

May God grant your family peace during this difficult time. Death has and remains the enemy, but it has been overcome by the love of Jesus Christ. I pray that His grace and mercy overshadows you all and brings you peace and comfort. God bless you.

Sharon Beatty
3 years ago

Dear Family Members: I am so sorry to hear that Mary died. She was a kind and gentle soul. The Hercules Family lived next door to my family. She befriended me. I spent a great deal of time at Mary’s house. When we were young, everyone called her by the nickname “Sister”. I still do. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Amy Toth Beaver
3 years ago

Bob, Mindy, Bob, Becky, and family. I was so sorry to hear about your loss. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you comfort during this difficult time.

Cheryl Henke Giustozzi
3 years ago

Sister, I know you are resting in the arms of our Lord, may peace be with your loved ones.

Sra. Jan Grubler
3 years ago

Mindy, Roger and Krista – my deepest condolences on the death of your mother and grandmother.
Thoughts and prayers are with you. Con cariño,

Lynn Welsh
3 years ago

Mindy, Roger and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I feel it right in my heart. Your mother was so special to all of you, it’s hard to imagine life without her. Remember, she is at peace now and would want all of you to be at peace with God’s decision. Love, Lynn