William “Bill” Kasko

February 13, 1940 - February 1, 2014

02/13/1940 - 02/01/2014

William F. “Bill” Kasko, 73 of Bellaire, Ohio died Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Wheeling Hospital.

He was born February 13, 1940 in Bellaire, a son of the late John A. and Anna Gorshe Kasko.

Bill was a retired accountant for Maroon Enterprises, a US Army Veteran and a member of St. John Catholic Church, American Legion Post 52, a Life Member of the Ohio River Valley Elks # 231, SNPJ Society, AARP and a charter member of the Great Stone Viaduct Historical Educational Society.

Surviving are one brother, John J. Jean Kasko, Sr. of McMurray, PA; Guardian of Mike Masciarelli and his children, Amanda and Andrew of Bellaire; a niece, Jodi Mike Fera; two nephews, John J. Carrie Kasko, Jr. and Gary Sue Kasko, all of Pennsylvania; and laid to rest with his faithful companion, his beloved poodle Jesse.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory 441 37th Street, Bellaire with a Vigil Service at 7:45 pm.

Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated on Thursday 10 am at St. John Catholic Church with Fr. Samuel R. Saprano as celebrant. Burial will follow in Belmont County Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Clairsville, Ohio.

Belmont County Council of American Legions will conduct full Military Honors Thursday at 9:15 am at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Catholic Church 415 37th Street Bellaire, Ohio 43906 or The Great Stone Viaduct Historical Educational Society P.O. Box 129 Bellaire, Ohio 43906.

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John A. Teasdale
8 years ago

âÄãFred Husek and I had so many great memories of good times spent with Bill…Water skiing on the Ohio River, I remember we pulled 12 people on skies behind Bills boat… What a great cousin he was!!! You have my deepest sympathy, he will be greatly missed.

Barbara Williams McGough
8 years ago

Always enjoyed talking with Bill. He was a good friend and neighbor.My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

The Schreiner's
8 years ago

Bill has touched the lives of many people during his lifetime, including our family. He will be missed by many.

Linda pittman williams
8 years ago

bill was a very good neighbor and will b missed

Shirley Green Eiklleberry
8 years ago

Bill was just not a friend he was a GOOD FRIEND. I was never Shirley to Bill I was Lou. The last time I saw Bill was in Krogers of course and we both looked at each other and said where has the time went so fast. Then of course just like Bill he said Lou we are getting old and then that laugh that only Bill had. My friend you are finally at peace now. PINCH RUN will never be the same without you. Love you friend. HEAVENS GAIN IS OUR LOSS. Lou

Mike Greenwood
8 years ago


I will always remember the good ole days and the great times we had with “The Gang”. May you rest in peace.


8 years ago

Dear John, Jean & cousin Brenda, We are so sorry for your loss. May God be with you in your time of need, our prayers are with you. Respectfully, Sandy & Lou DiPaolo, Ray Tucker

Cook and Jack Hurst
8 years ago

Dear John, Jean and family,

We were saddened to hear about Bill’s passing and we want you to know we will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers. He and I were like a brother and sister when I was growing up. We shared a lifetime of laughs and fun times. I remember going to the laundrymat every week with Bill and talking about everything. We had great parties with “The Gang” in his basement and followed Bill’s band everywhere! I’m sorry we cant be with you at this time since we are in Florida. Rest in peace Dear cousin.

8 years ago

I am so sorry that I can’t be there with everyone, My husband is housebound with Dementia. But you have my deepest sympathy and Love.

I was 10 Years when Bill was born and I still remember that time.

Alberta Botts Levengood
8 years ago

I am so sorry to hear of Bills death. I was a good friend from high school, we shared many laughs and through the years talked and like to share great memories.I will miss him greatly. God will have another BIG RED . Rest in Peace my friend.

Lauri Gibson
8 years ago

I am so very saddened to hear of Bill & Jesse’s passing. I have known Bill for about 7 years – I work for the chiropractor that he went to. Bill always had a ready ear to listen and always gave me sound advice. I am going to miss him dearly. My heartfelt sympathies go out to his family.

Ken Bratka
8 years ago

I have many great memories of Bill. As a teenager at Bellaire High and a good friend of his Pinch Run cousins, I shared many fun times….driving to Euclid Beach in his yellow Ford…helping stain his parents house…traveling with the band….we all leave too soon!

RIP, Bill.

Dottie Boyd
8 years ago

I have so many fond memories of good times spent with Bill…the parties with the “Good” people at his house, the dances the group went to when John’s band was playing, water skiing on the Ohio River with Jay behind Bill’s boat, and especially the picnic that got rained out and Bill took about 20 soaking wet people, unannounced, to his aunt and uncle’s house in Bellaire! What a great guy he was!!!

Linda Vicker
8 years ago

John & Family–

I worked with Bill for 25 years and had a lot of great times with him. I won’t be at the funeral since I’m in Florida, but I’ll offer a mass for him. No doubt he will be greatly missed.

Eleanor Moffitt
8 years ago

John and Jean , I pray that The Lord will pour out His Grace upon you and your family during this time of trial. Bill was so kind and compassionate and will be missed by many.

mike and diana gorshe
8 years ago

John-Jean and Family

Please feel the love, support and prayers..Bill leaves us with tons of warm memories and wonderful life lessons–he had a giving heart that made us all feel special.. God Bless

Lynne & Tim Carmack
8 years ago

John, Jean & Family,

We were so sad to hear of Bill’s passing. I have so many warm memories of times spent with him, and all of you. He will be greatly missed. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love, the Carmacks

Russ and Sherree Greenwood
8 years ago

John, Jean and Family,

We pray for Bill’s peaceful delivery into Heaven. We will miss him.

Of course Sherree thought all of his Christmas cards were prepared by his secretary “Jessie”.

Our favorite memory is when all of us went to Olgebay Park in Wheeling. It was during the Christmas holidays and all the magical lights were in full display. When departing on the airplane back to California, thanks to Bill’s help, we took home a life size wrought iron horse. It glows nightly atop our store.

We love and thank Bill for the lasting memories.

Kim Munjas
8 years ago

Johnny and Family:

I was very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I prefer to remember Bill from a lifetime ago when I spent so much time with Aunt Annie,

Uncle Johnny and Bill. I always had a great time at their house. Mostly, I enjoyed being on the boat with Bill, Tom and Jay. We always had a great time laughing and joking; even when they spent most of their time trying to sink me into the river…it was great. Bill had a big heart and it was always open to someone in need; Bill should be remembered for the generous person he was. Love, Kim

Cheryl J Skinner, Patriot Guard
8 years ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time

May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of William Kasko, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your work on earth is complete. You will not be forgotten.

William Kasko, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

Jim Fornia
8 years ago

My condolences to the family of

Bill Kasko. I was in Johnny’s class in high school and remember Bill well as a youngster.

Jerry Ault
8 years ago

My condolences to the Kasko family. Bill and I graduated together and were in the marching and concert bands at Bellaire High.

We were good friends, and I will miss him.

chris cajka
8 years ago

My deepest sympathy to Jean and John and family. Always remember parties and dinners at Gramma Gorshe’s house on Pinch Run and how much my mom loved Bill and John.

Steve and MaryJo Zacchini Kurko
8 years ago

On behalf of my deceased brother, Dan Zacchini, I extend my deepest and sincerest sympathy to the family and friends of Bill Kasko. He was a trusted and loyal friend to my brother and our family thought so very much of Bill. May he rest in the peaceful company of our Lord. MaryJo Zacchini Kurko

Sarah McConnaughy
8 years ago

Such a wonderful man with a huge heart. May he rest in peace. Thoughts and prayers for all his family and friends.

robert ney
8 years ago

To The Family of Bill Kasko

Bill was a great person. I always enjoyed talking to him over the years and appreciated his insight on projects that he worked on for the community. He will be missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

God Bless

Bob Ney

Great Stone Viaduct Society Board
8 years ago

We extend sympathy to the family of Bill Kasko who was a friend, and a valued and committed Charter Trustee of the GSV Board. His quiet but important service will be sadly missed.

Larry and Lillian
8 years ago

We will miss Bill so much. He was a gentle soul that was there for many people helping the community and county. He had a strong dedication and spirit. Farewell to a good friend.

Margaret Williams
8 years ago

Will miss Bill .He was a nice neighbor .