Patsy Ralph Gaudio Jr. 90, of Follansbee, WV died peacefully on Friday, February 26, 2021 at Valley Hospice Care North in Steubenville, OH.
Patsy was born on August 5, 1930 to Patsy Sr. and Maria Concetta Gaudio. The birthplace was 733 Main St., a nine-room structure that housed the parents, as well as 10 siblings who preceded him in death: Mary Bentz, Tony, Frank, John, Rose Julio, Josephine Mancano, Joe, Anne McCann, Dominic, and Patty Cunningham.
Surviving are sisters, Caroline Laposki of Meza, AZ, and JoAnn Klakos of Durham, NC. Patsy was delivered by Dr. Ralph McGraw at home, for a fee of $20, thus the middle name Ralph.
Patsy began his education in 1936 at St. Anthony’s Grade School, coinciding with the year of the infamous Johnstown Flood. During these years he acquired the nickname “Crow” which stayed with him until his dying days.
Patsy graduated from Follansbee High School in 1948, becoming the only family member to achieve that status. Patsy then enlisted in the United States Army in August 1948 and was stationed in Fort Myers, VA until the end of his hitch in 1950. From there he went to work for the Grand Union Tea Company, selling coffee and tea to restaurants, cafeterias, and taverns.
In July of 1951 he got a job at Elliott’s Jewelers in Steubenville, a job that lasted only about three months. From there, he went to work at the Follansbee Steel Company/Sheet Mill Specialty Division.
Patsy was a member of the St. Anthony Catholic Church, Theta Chi Alpha Fraternity, and Holy Name Society.
He then became an employee of Wheeling Steel Corporation, where he worked until 1965 when he was employed by his brother Joe. As manager of Gaudio’s Foodland, Steubenville, OH until 1969, when he found work at the Weirton Steel Company, where he remained until his retirement in 1986.
Preceding Patsy in death is his beloved wife of 60 years, Louise (Wieloh) Gaudio. Surviving are three children, Patrick (Cathie) Gaudio of Imperial, PA, Rebecca (Jay) Houser of Follansbee, WV, and Mark (MaryAnn) Gaudio of Weirton, WV; six grandchildren, Dina (Tony) Bianco of Coraopolis, PA, Keith Kovach of Weirton, WV and Andrew (Emily) Kovach of Akron, OH, Pasquale of Brooklyn, NY, Lena Gaudio of Weirton, WV, and Vincent Gaudio of Morgantown, WV; two great-grandchildren, Elise and Ames Kovach, children of Andrew and Emily Kovach of Akron, OH.
Visitation for Patsy will be held on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 from 4-7 p.m. at the Mullenbach Funeral Home, 669 Main St., Follansbee, WV 26037. A Vigil service will be held at 7 p.m.
A Catholic Funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, March 3 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Jude Perera officiating.
Entombment will follow at Highland Hills Memorial Gardens.
Full Military Honors will be conducted by the Ohio Valley Veterans Memorial Squad.
Patsy’s family would like to extend thanks and appreciation to Patsy’s neighbors and friends, Ed Wilkerson and Gary Cecelones for making themselves available to him in times of need, no matter the time of day, as well as neighbors of all ages who befriended Patsy in his later years. Last, a special thank you to Valley Hospice for all their care with Patsy.
Condolences may be sent to www.mullenbachfh.com.