Umberto ‘Bert’ Traffichini

TRAFFICHINI, Umberto “Bert” 87, of Weirton, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in the Weirton Medical Center.

Born April 13, 1925, in Castel Frentano Chieti, Italy, he was the son of the late Tommaso and Maria Caporale Traffichini.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Maria DiBattista Traffichini on November 21, 2006, whom he married Feb. 16, 1946, in Castel Frentano, Chieti, Italy. He served in the Italian Army. Bert and Maria immigrated to the United States in 1954.

In 1989, with 34 years of service, Mr. Traffichini retired from Weirton Steel where he worked as a pipe fitter in the Tin Mill Pipe Shop. One of his favorite pastimes was working in his garden. He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus 3734, where he enjoyed playing cards and bocce.

He is survived by his sons, Tom Traffichini of Weirton and Mario Traffichini and his fiancee, Janette Lapcevic of Imperial, PA; daughter, Toni Ann Traffichini of Weirton; granddaughter, Andrea Traffichini of Imperial; sisters, Rosaria and Gabriella and their children all of Italy.

Friends will be received Friday 4-8 p.m. at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton, where the Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m..

Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church with The Reverend Father Manuel Gelido presiding. Entombment will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Weirton.

Please consider a contribution in memory of Bert to St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, 229 California Avenue, Weirton, WV 26062, St. Paul Roman Catholic Church 140 Walnut Street, Weirton, WV 26062 or Knights of Columbus, 1492 Knights Road, Weirton, WV 26062.

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