Ercella Hixenbaugh Shelek

September 12, 1927 - August 10, 2012

09/12/1927 - 08/10/2012

Shelek, Ercella Hixenbaugh, 84 of Wheeling, WV died Friday, August 10, 2012 at Ohio Valley Medical Center, surrounded by family.
She was born Sept. 12, 1927, to the late Ercell and Margaret Hixenbaugh, and was a 1945 graduate of Wheeling High School. She retired from Wheeling News Register and Wheeling Intelligencer, after 51-years.
An avid Pirate fan who never wavered. She was a former board member of the Wheeling Island Community Association. She helped found the Blessed Trinity Bingo which supported its parish grade school, and she was a member of the Genealogy Club at the Ohio County Public Library. She was a devoted reader of a multitude of authors. She was an inspiration to all who knew her.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Clarence B. “Bert” Shelek Sr.
She is survived by one son, C. “Bert” Shelek Jr, four daughters, Jan Jack Armstrong, Mary Lou Tom Guckert, Leslie Larry Manning and Lynne Shelek, all of Wheeling; one sister, Margaret Ann Schenerlein of Wheeling; seven grandchildren, Kurt Sissy McLaughlin, Deanna Manning, Jacob Adrianne Manning, Matthew Shelek, Brad Guckert Kitt Bandi, Megan Brandon Becker and Derek Armstrong; four great grandchildren, Ellie and Sarah Manning, Seth and Sydney McLaughlin, three nieces, Sundae Ron Fassig, Kim Wilds, Linda Hissom and companion Fluffy.
She was a member of the Cathedral of St. Joseph Church.
Family and friends will be received for the memorial gathering from 4-9 p.m. Sunday at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff Street, Wheeling.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 13, 2012 at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Wheeling, WV, with Msgr. Kevin Quirk as celebrant.
Interment in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.
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In lieu of flowers, please send donations to CentreTown Fitness in memory of Ercella Shelek. The donations will be used to fund physical fitness programs for special needs seniors.

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Mark Steele
8 years ago

Bert, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother this past year. I hope 2013 is a good year for you and your family. Best regards, Mark your past colleague from Consol Moundsville Operations

8 years ago


Frank Papii
8 years ago

I am truely sorry for your loss. Ercella was a wonderful lady and I will miss her as will you

Erica Wellman
8 years ago

I work with Leslie,my thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

Beth Smila Tillman
8 years ago

I’m so sorry for your loss I will keep you in my prayers.

Rosemary Hupp
8 years ago


I am so sorry at the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know how much you will miss her since you both were together all the time. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do for you.

Rosemary Hupp

8 years ago

My deepest sympathy to all of you. Mrs.Ercella Shelek will be greatly missed every day,seeing her face in am before work out on her porch with the dog.

Dennis R. Albaugh
8 years ago

My sincere condolences to the family of Ercella Shelek;Bert,Jan,Mary Lou,Leslie,Lynn,sister Margaret,grandchildren,great grandchildren,and nieces. Sincerely, Denny Albaugh

Dennis R. Albaugh
8 years ago

My sincere condolences to the family of Ercella Shelek;Bert,Jan,Mary Lou,Leslie,Lynne,sister Margaret,grandchildren,great grandchildren,and nieces. Sincerely, Denny Albaugh

Ellie Puskas
8 years ago

Please accept my deepest and most profound sympathy in the passing of your dearest mother. I worked with your mom at the Intel. for over 30 years. She was like a ray of sunshine bringing joy and happiness to all who knew her. She will sorely be missed.

ethel applegarth shaffer
8 years ago

So sorry to read Ercella passed she was our neighbor many years ago.We lived on Iowa street.

David & Dorothy Bringman
8 years ago

To Bert and Family…We are so sorry for the loss of your Mother, she was a good friend to our Family.

Hennen Family
8 years ago

To the Shelek Family, The Hennen Family is deeply saddened by the passing of your mother. We have fond memories of her from her time working at the Wheeling Newspapers with our father Doc Hennen for almost 30 years. He held her in the highest regard and found her contributions to the advertizing department invaluable. Having worked in this department for two summers, I noticed immediately that your mom was the “GO TO” person in the office. She had more than a running knowledge of everyone and everything, and a deep understanding of the business, all of which allowed the department to function like a well oiled machine. And in business, there is no one more appreciated than that person who has the knack for keeping the office well organized and managed. After my father died, I continued to stop by the office when in town just to see your mom and get the latest scoop. Things at the newspaper have changed a lot over the years and I’m sure Ercella was ready to retire. Your mom was genuinely warm and wonderful and enjoyed people. I/We will miss her. The Hennens

Regina Sikora
8 years ago

Tom & Marylou Thoughts & prayers are with you at this sad time Ercella was a beautiful person I enjoyed working with her may she rest in the hands of the LORD