Rose J. Purpura

October 4, 1924 - September 2, 2021

10/04/1924 - 09/02/2021

Past Services

Saturday September 04, 2021
11:00 am
St. Alphonsus Catholic Church
2111 Market Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
304 232-4353 | Directions

Rose Josephine Purpura, 96, of Benwood, WV, passed away peacefully Thursday, September 2, 2021 at Continuous Care Center Wheeling Hospital.

She was born in Benwood, October 4, 1924, a daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Prezkop) Szeligo. Rose was an active member of the former St. Ladislaus Catholic Church and a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church. She was a talented seamstress and truly enjoyed all the time she spent with her family.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her loving husband, Bartholomew Purpura (2002); three brothers, John, Chester and Walter Szeligo; two sisters, Mary Ann Rzepka and Dorothy Mathys and a son-in-law, Daniel Krulcik.

Rose is survived by her four daughters, Rosemary Purpura of Benwood, Patricia Purpura of Benwood, Christine Krulcik of Martins Ferry, OH and Janet (Michael) Simons of Triadelphia, WV; two sons, Joseph Purpura of Dry Fork, WV and James (Natalie) Purpura of Blairstown, NJ; five grandchildren, Frank (Stacey) Purpura, Chad (Charlotte) Purpura, Anthony Simons, Dr. Kaylee (BJ) Purpura-Ivey and Joshua Krulcik; five great-grandchildren, Caleb, Lauren, Audrey, Alex and Ethan and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff at Continuous Care Center Wheeling Hospital for the loving and compassionate care she received.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, September 4, 2021, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church at 11 am. Interment will take place at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Congregation of St. Joseph by clicking here or to Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center by clicking here.

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Daniel Skrzypek
2 years ago

To the Purpura Family,

Please accept my belated condolences on the death of your mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Rose.

Rose was a lovely woman, a wonderful neighbor and a friend of our family. May she Rest In Peace and may you find comfort in the fond memories of the time you had with her.

Nancy Winesburg
2 years ago

To Rose’s family, sorry to see Rose passed. Let her loving soul rest in peace

Tom Conti
2 years ago

Thinking of you at this time. Condolences and prayers.
Tom & Nancy Conti

Alex and Lori Nagem
2 years ago

Our deepest sympathy to all family members. May her soul be resting in the arms of Our Savior.

Pam Chieffalo
2 years ago

Joe,Frankie,Chad and family so sorry for your loss. She will be missed.

Mary Jo and Orphy
2 years ago

Aunt Rose was such a sweet lady. So sorry for your loss.

Kathleen Kloeppner Dixon
2 years ago

Rosemary, I am so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers