Nancy Elizabeth (Hawkins) Riser, 85, of Wheeling, WV, passed away Saturday, December 3, 2022, in Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Wheeling.
Nancy was born June 25, 1937, in Wheeling, a daughter of the late William and Elizabeth (Fisher) Hawkins. She was a retired secretary for St. Vincent de Paul School, beloved by many students, families and staff; and was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, where she served as a cantor for over 50 years. Her musical gifts touched many lives, singing numerous weddings, funerals and Sunday Masses.
In addition to her parents, Nancy was preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years, Robert Dale Riser, in 2019; a son-in-law, Terry Porter; a sister-in-law, Karen Hawkins; a sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Mike Ballint; and a nephew, Bob Stocke.
Nancy is survived by her five children, Robert (Lori) Riser of California, MD, Diane (Daniel) Sullivan of East Bridgewater, MA, Joyce (Alan) Sonnefeld of Montgomery, TX, Carol (Pat) McCormick of Wheeling and Gwen Porter of Wheeling; a brother, Richard Hawkins of Valley Grove, WV; a sister, Linda (Charles) Stocke of Easton, MD; 12 grandchildren, Rachel and Samuel Riser, James, Michael , Jacob and David Sullivan, Meagan, Abby and Ben Sonnefeld, Neil (Shannon) McCormick, Colleen (Travis) Munn, and Noah Porter; two step-grandchildren, TJ and Stephanie Porter; a great-granddaughter, Keeley Paige McCormick; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received from 2-4 & 6-8 pm, Thursday, at 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 10 am, Friday, December 9, 2022, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, with Rev. Cyprian C. Osuegbu as celebrant. Interment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Parish, 2244 Marshall Avenue, Wheeling, WV 26003, or online by clicking the link above.