Joann Sellitti, 84, of Weirton, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away at her home on Saturday, February 27, 2021. Her family was at her side.
Joann was born in Alma, WV, on May 25, 1936. When she was a young girl, her family moved to Weirton, WV. Joann graduated from Weir High School in 1954 and married her high school sweetheart Tony P. Sellitti on December 10, 1954.
A feisty girl from Middlebourne, WV, and a young talented, hardworking bricklayer, with an entrepreneurial spirit, Tony and Joann, over the years, built and designed over 600 homes in the Weirton and surrounding areas. In addition to homes, their company built numerous apartment complexes and numerous government facilities, and commercial buildings throughout the Ohio Valley.
They developed and built Country Club Estates, Riverview Estates, Bel-Air Addition, and three City of Weirton Fire Stations, JC Williams Center at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, the Immaculate Conception Church, and the Sacred Heart of Mary Convent. They also built Weirton’s only private swim club, which their family still owns and operates today.
Joann enjoyed golfing with the lady’s golf association of Williams Country Club and Pleasant Valley Country Club. She also enjoyed playing bridge with her bridge clubs. Through the years, she had the opportunity to travel to Europe and destinations of North and South America and enjoyed staying at her family’s hotel in Lauderdale by the Sea.
Most of all, Joann cherished the times she spent with her family. Nothing made her happier than cooking and sharing a meal around her table with her children, grandchildren, and friends.
In addition to her mother, Gertrude Spencer Tournay, and her grandfather, James Spencer, Joann was preceded in death by her husband, Tony P. Sellitti, on November 20, 2000.
She will be remembered with love and admiration by her children, James J. Sellitti (Dana), Terri Grysko (Gary), Lisa Mogan, and Dr. Tony P. Sellitti (Vicky); her eight beautiful grandchildren, James A. Sellitti, Sheena Sellitti- Dunham (Joshua), Carly, Olivia, and Connor Mogan, Nicolette, Gabrielle, and Tony P. Sellitti, III; and her precious great-granddaughter, Arya Mogan.
Joann’s family will have a private family service with Monsignor Joseph Peterson presiding.
She will be laid to rest by her husband Tony at Saint Paul’s cemetery mausoleum.
The Sellitti family would like to thank Lisa Richards and all of Joann’s wonderful caregivers for all the love and care they provided.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Valley Hospice 10686 State Route 150 Rayland, OH 43943. www.valleyhospice.org.
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