CIRIPOMPA, George H., 91, of Elm Grove, Wheeling, died Sunday, September 13, 2009 in Bishop Joseph H. Hodges Continuous Care Center, Wheeling.
George was born April 26, 1918 in Wheeling, a son of the late Joseph and Flora Ciripompa.
He was retired from Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, Mingo Junction Plant; a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church; and a member of the Wheeling High School 1938 State Champion Basketball team. In addition, he was a member of the Italian American Club, Elm Grove Civics, Elm Grove Eagles; and fourth degree member and past grand knight of the Knights of Columbus, Carroll Council, No. 504, Wheeling.
George was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corp., and was injured while serving in the European Theatre during World War II.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Pauline Pastoria.
George is survived by his loving wife, Eleanor J. Ciripompa of St. Clairsville; two daughters, Verna Hazlett and her husband, George of Wheeling and Donna L. Karras and her husband, Donald of Denver, Colo.; a brother, Herman Ciripompa and his wife, Cecilia of Wheeling; two sisters, Mary Ciripompa and Stella Sharp, both of Wheeling; and four grandchildren, Dane and Dillon Karras, both of Denver, Jane Hazlett of New Haven, Conn., and Liz Hazlett Allen and her husband, Ben of Huntington, W.Va.
There will be no visitation. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am, Saturday, October 3, 2009 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Wheeling, with the Rev. James McGoldrick as celebrant. Interment will be in Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colo., with Military Color Guard.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Freedom Service Dogs, Inc., 2000 W. Union Avenue, Englewood, CO 80110.
Arrangements are by McCoy-Altmeyer Funeral Home, 44 15h Street, Wheeling.