BARNABEI, Robert J., 69, of Weirton, passed away at his home on Saturday August 3, 2013.
Born on July 31, 1944, in Steubenville, OH, Bob was the son of the late Anthony and Frances Russell Barnabei. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Barnabei Harasick.
After graduating from college and working at National Steel, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he served during the Vietnam War. As a Captain with the U.S. Air Force, Bob and his young family moved back home, where he continued his employment with National Steel.
Bob retired from his career in the Steel Industry as the Manager of Information Systems at Weirton Steel. With a combination of education and real world experience, Bob joined the faculty of West Liberty University as a professor, where he taught computer/ finance classes for 14 years. Bob enjoyed spending time with his family. He cherished the Sunday family dinners and he loved attending his grandchildren’s activities. Bob and JoAnn traveled to many of the grandkids’ events including football, basketball, soccer, baseball, swimming and children’s operas. One of his favorite pastimes was playing cards with friends and family.
He was a member of Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church where he served as a Eucharistic Minister. He also was a member of Knights of Columbus 3734 and the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree.
He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 47 years, Jo Ann Durante Barnabei; his three sons, Dr. Robert A. and Diane Barnabei of Davidson, NC; James and Lisa Barnabei of Wanaque, NJ, and Mario Barnabei of Weirton, WV; his two daughters, Kristin and Dr. Narasim Murthy of Hagerstown, MD and Michelle and Kevin Elias of Weirton, WV; his 12 grandchildren, Joseph, Kathryn, Benjamin, Isabella and Olivia Barnabei, Emily, Nicholas, Nathan and Elizabeth Elias, Maya, Ella and Nora Murthy; a sister, Margaret and Joe Belson of Fairfax, Va; his brother-in-law, Jerry and Lucille Durante; an aunt, Anna Pellegrino; and two first cousins, Margaret Castelli, and Laura Settepanella; all to whom he was very close. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main St., Weirton, WV.
Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited 6:30 Tuesday at the funeral home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday at Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Weirton.
Rev. Fr. Manuel Gelido and Monsignor Lawrence Luciana will preside.
Entombment will follow at Saint Paul’s Cemetery, Weirton
Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Joseph the Worker Church or Grade School, 229 California Ave., Weirton, WV 26062
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