Joseph S. Polsinelli

June 12, 1922 - May 14, 2015

06/12/1922 - 05/14/2015

Joseph S. Polsinelli, 92, of McMechen, WV, passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at Reynolds Memorial Skilled Care.
Joe was born on June 12, 1922 in Benwood, WV, the oldest son of Angelo and Rose Ann Riddolfi Polsinelli.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ina; a sister, Virginia Matesic; one brother, Eugene Polsinelli.
Joe married Ina E. Strober Polsinelli in Pensacola, Florida, on September 5, 1944. They were married for 67 years.
A resident of McMechen for more than 60 years, Joe had four children, 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great- grandchild.
He served his country from September 15, 1944 to December 7, 1945 during WWII, beginning as an Aviation Machinist mate repairing airplanes at US Naval Air Base, Pensacola, Fl. After his discharge as A.M.M. 1st Class. U.S. Navy Reserves, he was called to the Korean Conflict, June 1950, serving six months in San Diego, CA, servicing airplanes.
Joe has been an active member of the community and a member of the American Legion Blake Brothers Post #46, Benwood, for 50 years. He served as Trustee for over 15 years and as Department of West Virginia Assistant Sgt. at Arms for the year 2001-2002; State of WV AL Energy and Conservation Chairman; Hilltoppers Model Airplane Club; Honorary member of the Women’s Club of McMechen; Marshall County Antique Power Association.
He worked for 43 years and retired from the B&O Railroad as a Car Man, Crane Operator, and Wreck Master.
He was a member of St. John Catholic Church, Benwood, WV, and attended the First Church of God in McMechen.
Joe is survived by his sister, Rosalie Conti; four children, Beth Gary Wolfe, Joseph A. Georgiann Polsinelli of McMechen; Alma Cunningham of Crestview, FL; Lisa Tony Velas of Grove City, Columbus, OH; grandchildren, Gregg Kelli Wolfe, Wendy Mike Younger, Todd Jeanne Wolfe, Brad Tonya Coppa Wolfe, Betsy Gordon Nasseri, Joseph Chrissy Polsinelli, Justin Polsinelli Elizabeth Robinson, Alex Venusja Yutzey, Preston Lauren Yutzey, Adam Paige Velas and Ali Velas; great- grandchildren, Dayna and Kimberly Wolfe, Baylee and Taylor Jack, Victoria and Rebecca Younger, Danielle Steven Gregory Wolfe, Nicholas Wolfe, Briann Benton McClelland Wolfe, Kaydie and Kyle Coppa, Xavier, Zoey and Alexander Nasseri, Riley and Kenzie Polsinelli; great-great-grandchild, Isaac Gregory and many nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received from 1-4 & 6-9 p.m. Sunday at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 214 Marshall Street, McMechen, where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 18, 2015 with Rev. Mitch Johnson officiating. American Legion Blake Bros., Post #46 services will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
Interment with Military Honor’s in McMechen Cemetery.
Memorial contributions be made to the First Church of God, McMechen or St. John Catholic Church, Benwood.
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Linda Howard Campbell
8 years ago

Deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. I can remember all the great times we had at your house when growing up, and your mom and dad were always in the midst of things. What a great life they shared with so many.

George T. Sidiropolis
8 years ago

My prayers and sincere sympathy. Joe was part of the “Greatest Generation” a respected friend and community leader.

Carolyn Ericsson
8 years ago

Tim and I wish to send our condolences to your family. He was a great friend to Tim . He and Ina were great assets to the city of McMechen and I know how much you all will miss him. You are in our thoughts.

Thomas & Vickie Coffield
8 years ago

To the Polsinelli family, so very sorry to hear about Poppa Joe, him & his wife were two of the kindest people we ever met, they will sure be missed, Ange you & Joey hang in there, i know its going to be rough, you guys were close, time will help heal your pain……

8 years ago

We always enjoyed seeing Mr. & Mrs. Polsinelli at the American Legion functions. We will miss them both.

Past Dept. Commander Webb Holley and Kathy.