Walter “Harpo” Kovalchie

April 8, 1934 - January 5, 2023

04/08/1934 - 01/05/2023

Past Services

Tuesday January 10, 2023
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Ukrainian Catholic Church
4136 Jacob Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
Funeral Service
Tuesday January 10, 2023
11:00 am
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Ukrainian Catholic Church
4136 Jacob Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
Tuesday January 10, 2023
12:00 pm
Mt. Calvary Cemetery-Wheeling
1685 National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 242-0460 | Directions

Kovalchie, Walter “Harpo” 88, of South Wheeling, died Thursday, January 5th at home.

Walter was a graduate of Wheeling High School class of 1952.

He was retired from the United States Postal Service; a Veteran of the U S Navy; a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, South Wheeling.

He is preceded by his loving wife of 37 years, Dorothy (Dottie) Jean Fekete, step-son, Joseph Baranski; parents, John and Eva Kovalchie, brother’s, John and Michael and sister’s Mary, Anna, Katherine, and Helen.

Surviving are his sister, Rosella George of Wheeling; step- daughter, Melissa (Matt) Schrebe of Wheeling; step-son, Craig (Nancy) Baranski of Wheeling; six step-grandchildren, Matthew (Jorden) , Ryan(Michael) Marissa and Courtney Schrebe, and Mitchell and Abigail Baranski; four great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews including, Becky and Don Cox and Susan George.

A viewing and the services will take place at Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 from 10am-11am to be followed by a 11:00am a mass with Father Charron as celebrant.
Interment in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.


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Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum
1 year ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,

 May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Walter Kovalchie, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.

I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

My thoughts

and prayers to the family of ….

US Navy Veteran, Walter Kovalchie, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

1 year ago

Walter and I worked together at the Wheeling Post Office in the late 70s, 80s, and early 90s. He was one of the best! We had a lot of great times working together with our fellow carriers and co-workers. R.I.P. “Wawa”!