Maryann Theresa Fonner

January 15, 1935 - May 20, 2015

01/15/1935 - 05/20/2015

Maryann Theresa Vitiello Fonner, 80, of Benwood, W.Va., passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at her home.

Maryann was born January 15, 1935 in Benwood, a daughter of the late Anna Theresa Apera Vitiello. She was a retired cook for Young’s Cafeteria, Glen Dale, W.Va., and a member of St. John Catholic Church, Benwood.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by William C. Fonner and Gaylord Vitiello.

She is survived by her two children, Sheree Kreuger of Benwood and Gary Fonner and his wife, Denny of McMechen; two sisters, Rosie Tweedlie and her husband, Joe and Sarah Appenzeller, all of Benwood; a brother, Joe Vitiello and his wife, Janet of Shadyside, Ohio; grandchildren, Dan Wilson and his wife, Chanda, Bill Wilson, Mike Kreuger, Adam Turner and his wife, Jodie, Andrea Turner and Aaron Fonner; numerous great-grandchildren; a great-great grandchild; and several nieces, nephews, friends.

Friends and family will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 pm, Friday at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Benwood-McMechen Chapel, 214 Marshall Street, McMechen, where a vigil service will be held at 6 pm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am, Saturday, May 23, 2015, at St. James Catholic Church, McMechen, with the Rev. Bekeh Utietiang as celebrant. Entombment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, Wheeling.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Benwood Volunteer Fire Department, 434 Main Street, Benwood, WV 26031. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

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Mary Keller Skinto
8 years ago

Condolences and prayers to the family

Don Gaus
8 years ago

Dear Rose and Joe, I am so sorry to hear of your sister’s passing. She was a lovely lady, and I know you will miss her a lot.

Jay Knapp
8 years ago


Sorry about your mother. My thoughts and sympathy are with you and the rest of your mom’s family and friends.

david simmons
8 years ago

Joe and Sarah I am sorry to hear of Maryann passing. She was a special sister to you all

Bonnie Moore
8 years ago

Maryann ‘ s family, I’m so very sorry so have just read of the passing of Maryann. She was a wonderful and very caring person that would do anything for anyone. She was a joy to be around. She will be greatly missed. I’m sending Prayers to the entire family which she loved so much.

8 years ago

My sincere and deepest condolences to the family of Mrs.Fonner. Denny Albaugh

McArdle Law Office
8 years ago

Our deepest condolences to the Fonner Family.

McArdle Law Office

Monica Melko
8 years ago

Sheree, Gary & family, I’m so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. Maryann was such a nice person and would give any of us the shirt off her back. Just loved her. You have a special angel watching over you now. I’ll keep you all in my prayers. Love, Monica

Karen Green
8 years ago

So sorry to hear of MaryAnns passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. You couldn’t find a kinder and loving person. She certainally is in the Angel Choir.

7 years ago

As you know, I’ve experienced a lot of pernosal loss in my life, most recently with the death of my father in February. I’ve noticed that people who haven’t dealt with the same kind of loss just don’t know what to say or do, and I think that ignorance (is this the blissful ignorance we’ve heard about??) informs their words and actions. I think that most of them do mean what they say when they try to offer comfort or hope but the exchange ends up feeling hollow to me. So, yes, I’ve gotten lots of ‘hope’ but very few ‘hugs’, and the hugs I have gotten are from people who really get it because they’ve been there, or close enough to where I am to know the terrain. Or they’re smart enough to say that they feel bad for me and then stop talking!Do you find that people don’t know what to do with you once they found out that one of your children has died? I have definitely felt this way once people find out that both my parents are dead (usually someone will ask where my parents live, they’re just trying to make conversation) it’s a conversation stopper to be sure, regardless of how gracefully I manage to answer the question.