B. Irene Cross

August 12, 1927 - August 26, 2008

08/12/1927 - 08/26/2008

Past Services

Friday August 29, 2008
12:00 pm
St. Joseph Cathedral
13th and Eoff Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-233-4121 | Directions
Additional Information:

Memorial Mass

St. Joseph Cathedral
13th and Eoff Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-233-4121 | Directions
Additional Information:

Memorial Mass

Cross, B. Irene, 81, of Wheeling, WV, died Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at home.
She was born August 12, 1927 in Fairmont, WV, a daughter of the late Carley S. and Merle Keller Cross. Rene was a retired employee of Coca Cola Foods and a member of the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Wheeling, where she was a member of the Choir and Pastor Council.
She was a six year participant of the Ohio Valley Emmaus Walk; former Field Director for the Upper Ohio Valley Girl Scouts; served as Minister of Education in WV and Indiana; served on State Boards in Indiana and the Indiana Youth Counsel Board; the Wheeling Senior Services; the Customers Advisory Council for the Wheeling Post Office; the Core Team for Hopeful City. Rene made herself available for visitation to shut-ins and patients in hospitals.
Rene was fond of saying, “God first, the American Flag, and Mickey Mouse.”
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a great-niece, Carlene Schultz.
Surviving are her sister, Carlene Martin Schultz of Wheeling; two nephews, Marty Debi Schultz of Columbia, MD and Jon Schultz of Wheeling; a niece, Jan Schultz Richardson of Moundsville; a great-niece, Kalyn Schultz of Maryland; three great-nephews, Mary Schultz of Maryland, Dolf Richardson and Dillon Richardson, both of Moundsville.
There will be no visitation.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at noon on Friday, August 29, 2008 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral with the Very Reverend Kevin Quirk as celebrant.
Interment at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wheeling Catholic Elementary School, 14th & Byron St., Wheeling, EV.
Arrangements by Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff St., Wheeling.
Online condolences may be expressed at altmeyer.com.

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Jerry Ames
8 years ago

I got to know Irene the past two years, I work at a building in Downtown Wheeling and on her way to St Josephs Cathedral, for noon Mass. I would usually go out my office door and just say hello and ask her how her day was going. She would always give me a huge hug and say, “Jerry we need to get the heartbeat back to Wheeling” and I knew everyday at that Mass she would pray for this city to be a better place. I always felt better after seeing her walk by the office. She will be sadly missed by myself and this community and i will never forget the conversations we had and those beautiful blue glasses she wore. She is now an angel in heaven and will look over this city for years to come. God bless you Irene!!!!

8 years ago

I only knew Irene for the past few years but she was always so full of energy and so involved. I enjoyed seeing how much she cared for the community. She always worked the election polls and she was a wonderful poll worker. So interested in politics. I will miss her coming in to the office to say “Hi”

Candy,Rick,Shane Burgy
8 years ago

Irene has been family to us as long as i’ve lived. She has a place in all our hearts so Big, words could never describe. She and our son Shane, were closer than a grandmother and grandson. He loved her more than words can say. She was there for him whenever and for whatever he needed. If he had something to say, he would call her first. He enjoyed every second with her as we all did. She will be missed more than you know by us.

Irene was the best! We have lost the most wondeful person. Life will never be the same now without her here. She was so uplifting. So strong and kind. I thought she would be here forever.

There was no chance for a good bye to her from us. I think that’s what hurts the most. We just wanted one more day with her,one more minute, one more second.

She is now an Angel in Heaven, because she was definitly and Angel on Earth! We Love you Irene!!

Love Candy,Rick and Shane Burgy

shane burgy
8 years ago

my name is shane burgy and irene was my best friend and she was also like a second mother to me. im lost without her and still cant believe shes gone. me and irene had a very close relationship ever since i was born, we would always go on shane days as she always called it. she would call on every birthday and special occasion. she was always there for me to talk too and she always prayed for me. irene will never be forgoten and she will always be remebered as my friend irene.

Rita Robinson Tate
8 years ago

Time passes so quickly, especially when distances keep family apart. I will never forget cousin, Irene..and the day trip taken with her and Linda to the Girl Scout Camp during one of my summer vacations at Grandma Nessie’s years ago. Irene was always full of stories and smiles. She was one of those people, who contributed much in her life, who gave of herself, who had

an inner kindness that always shined through. She commanded respect and admiration. I wish I’d had the opportunity to know her better…to see her more often.

I remember a story she relayed to me about accompanying my Grandma to a fair…and how, she couldn’t get over grandma’s gumption for going up on a helicopter ride. She revealed a side of my Grandma Nessie that day, a side I wouldn’t have ever known. Sadly, I realize there are probably many other wonderful family stories that are now forever lost. You always think you’ll get another chance to talk and laugh. I know my memories of Irene will always be special. It’s so hard to believe that she was 81 yrs. old.

She’ll be in heaven with good company.

Love to all the family and friends that loved Irene,

Rita & Family

Pete Cuffaro
8 years ago

To the Family of Irene:

We were sorry to learn of Irene’s passing away.

We knew her from the St. Joseph Cathedral Parish.

What a compassionate and outgoing lady. She always had a smile on her face and a hug waiting for us when greeting her.

Please know that you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers as well as Irene.

Eternal rest grant to her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.