On March 11, 2014, the Wheeling Area Genealogical Society News & Events website was launched. Upcoming society meetings, genealogy workshops, and related events are presented. The society's publications are also listed on the site. - W.A.G.S. NEWS & EVENTS WEBSITE


Hazel R. Kerby, 87, died Wednesday, February 17, 2016 in Wheeling Hospital. She was born June 15, 1928 in Wheeling, a daughter of the late Mancil C. and Aetna C. (Doran) Gillespie. Hazel was a retired employee at Wheeling National Bank with many years of service and was a member of Church of Christ, Wheeling. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother Carl E. Gillespie and a sister, Betty L. Harlan. Surviving are two sisters, Mary L. (Carl D.) Hafer of Sun City, AZ , Wilma J. "Jill" Cusick of Cambridge, MD, several nieces and nephews a close friend and caretaker, Jessika (Paul) Gregg of Wheeling. Friends will be received Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 from 6:00-9:00 pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff St., Wheeling. A Committal Service will be held at 1:00 pm Tues, February 23, 2016 at Halcyon Hills Chapel, Sherrard, WV with Mr. Ron Stullenbarger officiating. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date to be determined. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.altmeyerfuneralhomes.com


SHELEK, Ercella Hixenbaugh, 84, of Wheeling, WV, died Friday, August 10, 2012 at Ohio Valley Medical Center, surrounded by family.

She was born September 12, 1927, to the late Ercell and Margaret Hixenbaugh, and was a 1945 graduate of Wheeling High School. She retired from The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register, after 51-years.

An avid Pirate fan who never waivered. She was a former board member of the Wheeling Island Community Association. She helped found the Blessed Trinity Bingo which supported its parish grade school, and she was a member of the Genealogy Club at the Ohio County Public Library. She was a devoted reader of a multitude of authors. She was an inspiration to all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Clarence B. "Bert" Shelek Sr.

She is survived by one son, C. "Bert" Shelek Jr., four daughters, Jan (Jack) Armstrong, Mary Lou (Tom) Guckert, Leslie (Larry) Manning and Lynne Shelek, all of Wheeling; one sister, Margaret Ann Schenerlein of Wheeling; seven grandchildren, Kurt (Sissy) McLaughlin, Deanna Manning, Jacob (Adrianne) Manning, Matthew Shelek, Brad Guckert (Kitt Bandi), Megan (Brandon) Becker and Derek Armstrong; four great grandchildren, Ellie and Sarah Manning, Seth and Sydney McLaughlin, three nieces, Sundae (Ron) Fassig, Kim Wilds, Linda Hissom and companion Fluffy.

She was a member of the Cathedral of St. Joseph Church.

Family and friends will be received for the memorial gathering from 4-9 p.m. Sunday at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff Street, Wheeling.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, August 13, 2012 at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Wheeling, WV, with Msgr. Kevin Quirk as celebrant.

Interment in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to CentreTown Fitness in memory of Ercella Shelek. The donations will be used to fund physical fitness programs for special needs seniors.


JEFFERSON, E. June Warner, 94, of Wheeling, W. Va., died Saturday, June, 30, 2012 at Peterson Rehabilitation Center.

She was born June 17, 1918 in Wheeling, a daughter of the late Henry J. and Flora C. Altherr Warner.

June was a graduate of Wheeling High School, a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Wheeling, and a former employee of the Stone and Thomas Dept. Store.

From 1942-1945 during WWII, she worked for the US Army Engineering Corp. as a ammunition inspector in Wheeling, and Kingwood, W.Va., and the Marx Toy Factory in Glen Dale, W.Va. In 1951-1952, during the Korean War, she was an inspector at the Shadyside Stamping Plant.

June was a member of the Tau Sigma Sorority, the Woman's Catholic Club, which met at the Catholic League Building, Wheeling, and the Genealogical Club. She was also a member of the Wheeling Park, Oglebay Park, Highland Springs, and Moundsville Country Club ladies golf clubs.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, legendary Ohio Valley Golfer, Fred T. Jefferson on January 30, 2009, and one sister, Catherine "Babe" Warner Anderson.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews including, Barbara Jean (Paul) Cataldi, Mary Lou (John) Hiles, Mary Frances Sberna, Michael (Joyce) Jefferson, Frank Sberna, Janet (Robert) Perry; 11 great nieces and nephews; and 7 great-great nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, July 2, 2012 at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff Street, Wheeling. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at St. Michael Catholic Church, Wheeling, with Rev. William Matheny Jr. as celebrant. Interment will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.

Memorial contributions can be made to Catholic Charities East Wheeling, 125 18th Street, Wheeling, W.Va. 26003.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.altmeyer.com.


WALTERS, Phyllis J., 71, of Wheeling, W.Va., died Thursday, May 12, 2011 at OVMC.

She was born May 28, 1939, in Wheeling, a daughter to the late Carl "Sam" and Annetta (McKeen) Gellner.

She was Lutheran by faith and a member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mozart. She was a member of the Wheeling Genealogy Society and was a volunteer at the Ohio County Library.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Jeffrey Allen Walters in 1962, and an infant brother, Paul David Gellner.

She is survived by her husband Thomas Walters whom she married December 21, 1957 and was married to for 53 years; four children, David (Suzanne) Walters, Rebecca (Jaime) Kineer, Michael (Amy) Walters, and Thomas C. (Trina) Walters; two brothers, Robert (Patty) Gellner, William Gellner; three sisters, Joyce (Thomas) Ricker, Terrie (Boyd) Hulls, and Beth (Greig) Paetzold; nine grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

Friends will be received Sunday, May 15, 2011 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Elm Grove Chapel, 154 Kruger Street, Elm Grove, where funeral service will be held Monday at 10 a.m. with Pastor Gail Bauzenberger officiating.

Interment will follow at Parkview Memorial Gardens, Wheeling.


September 11, 2010

The Wheeling Area Genealogical Society (WAGS) is planning to hold its 40th Anniversary on September 11th at the Ohio County Public Library auditorium.

The program will be presented by historian and genealogist, Flora L. VerStraten, of Jefferson County, Ohio. She will be speaking about the importance of preserving county records and then organizing them in a way to make them accessible to the public for research.

Flora is currently the President of the Jefferson County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society and has been a genealogist for 33 years. She has compiled several genealogical records and publications and is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Members with 15 years of service will be honored. A catered dinner will be held at 1:00 PM at a cost of $10.00 per person, payable with your reservation. Checks should be made out to Wheeling Area Genealogical Society and should be mailed no later than September 5th to Glenna A. Dillon, 1290 National Road, Apt. 315, Wheeling, WV 26003. For further information, contact glennadillon@aol.com


Wheeling Intelligencer & News-Register, January 14, 2009


ROE, Nancy Jane Lewellen, 53, resident of Glen Dale, W.Va., died Monday, January 12, 2009, at home.

She was born September 12, 1955, in Wheeling, W.Va., the daughter of the late Kenneth George and Anna Dorothy Meeks Lewellen.

She was a Legal Assistant; a Methodist by faith; a member of the Wheeling Area Genealogical Society; and a former member of the Warwood Junior Women's Club.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, James Howard Lewellen.

Surviving are her son, Brian J. Roe of Shadyside, Ohio; her daughter, Amanda J. Roe Strazishar and her husband, Chris, of Waukesha, Wis.; brother, Richard Lewellen of Martins Ferry, Ohio; and grandson, Benjamin Strazishar.

Friends will be received Thursday, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., at the Kepner Funeral Home, Burke Chapel, 2101 Warwood Ave., Wheeling, where services will be held Friday, at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Russ Buchanan officiating.

Interment in Greenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Wheeling Area Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 6450, Wheeling, WV 26003.


Wheeling Intelligencer & News-Register, August 13, 2008

RENSHAW, Evelyn June Kettler, 86, formerly of Marshall Avenue, Elm Grove, died Monday, August 11, 2008, at the Bishop Joseph H. Hodges Continuous Care Center, Wheeling.

She was born May 2, 1922, in Wheeling, WV, daughter of the late George Edward and Wilma Schrumpf Kettler.

Mrs. Renshaw was a member of the Stone Presbyterian Church. She was a member for 60 years of the American Legion Auxiliary, Wheeling Unit #1, having served as President and Secretary. She was chairman and coordinator of the Auxiliary's Girls State Program for 35 years, selecting representatives from the junior class of the Ohio County Schools. Evelyn was also active at the District and State levels of the Auxiliary. She was a charter member of the Wheeling Area Genealogical Society and served as secretary and treasurer for 27 years. She was a genealogist and searched for the family roots of individuals from all over the United States and Germany. She was a volunteer in the Wheeling room at the Ohio County Public Library for 25 years. She was named a West Virginia History Hero for her outstanding work and significant contributions to the preservation and promotion of West Virginia history.

In addition to her parents, Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Elwood Renshaw in 1972, and a brother, Melvin W. Kettler.

Surviving are a sister, Doris E. Hamilton of Elm Grove; a niece, Sandy Morgan and her husband, Bob, of Elm Grove; three nephews, Mark Kettler and his wife, Debbie of Wheeling, Bruce Hamilton and his wife, Debbie of Virginia Beach, VA, and Gerry Kettler of Columbus, OH; three great- nieces; two great-nephews; and one great-great- niece.

Friends will be received from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, August 14, 2008, at the Kepner Funeral Home, 166 Kruger Street, Elm Grove, Wheeling, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 15, 2008, with the Reverend Bryan D. Carpenter officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Wheeling. The American Legion Auxiliary will conduct services at 7:15 p.m. Thursday at the Funeral Home.


Husband of Mary Lou Henderson, W. A. G. S. Lookout Editor

From the Wheeling Area Genealogical Society Lookout, July 2008.

     James Daniel Henderson, Sr., 80, of Wheeling, WV, died Friday, June 20, 2008 in the Wheeling Hospital, Wheeling.
     He was born October 8, 1927 in Wheeling Hospital, Wheeling, the son of David L. and Elsie Jones Henderson.
     Dan was a 1946 graduate of Triadelphia High School; a U. S. Marine, served in the Pacific Theater of War, WWII and a plank member of the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines at Camp Lejune, NC; a member of St. John's Evangelical Protestant Church; a Mason, a member of Bates Lodge #33, AF & AM, and Scottish Rite; the BPO Elks Lodge; The Wheeling Area Genealogical Society, Wheeling Historical Society, Friends of Wheeling, and Meals on Wheels.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Ruth Henderson and brother, Dr. David L. Henderson, Jr.
     Surviving are his loving wife, Mary Lou Dueker Henderson; three children, James Daniel Henderson, Jr. of Delray, FL, Kimberly Ann Byard-Swearingen of Tampa, FL, and David George Henderson of Wheeling, and grandson, Robert Christopher Byard, II of Tampa, FL.
     There will be no viewing or funeral. A memorial service will he held at a future time at St. John's Evangelical Protestant Church. In March of 1992 the Lookout was born. Dan was a WVU Journalism major with a history minor when President Truman recalled the Marines into service. On June 20, 2008, he returned to WVU. This time to the School of Medicine.
     He was a silent volunteer for WAGS. He proof read, collated, stapled, folded, stamped, labeled, sorted, and counted the newsletters for the first 14 years.
     Dan knew the city of Wheeling and its history. He was an avid reader and many times did the research for articles.
     This is the 17th year of the Lookout and his input will be sorely missed.


Jim Thornton of Creative Impression Studios and Sean Duffy of the Ohio County Public Library are compiling a book celebrating the history of immigrant groups and neighborhoods in Wheeling, West Virginia. It will be largely a photographic history of immigrant groups, ethnicity, and culture in Wheeling and the local Ohio Valley from the mid-Nineteenth through the early Twentieth centuries. The book will include the prominent Wheeling neighborhoods of that period, especially South Wheeling and Benwood, Center Wheeling, East Wheeling, North Wheeling, and Wheeling Island. Also included Elm Grove, Woodsdale, Edgewood, Fulton, Warwood, and parts of Ohio near Wheeling.



At the annual West Virginia History Day on February 21, 2008 at the Cultural Center in Charleston, the following people were honored as History Heroes: PHYLLIS WALTERS, Wheeling Area Genealogical Society; JUDI HENDRICKSON, Wheeling Area Historical Society; DEBORAH M. SMITH, Wheeling Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. JAMES EDWARD DAGUE, a resident of Wheeling, also received the award after being nominated by the Marshall County Virtual Genealogy Society.

SYLVIA SLIGAR was a friend to many and a generous contributor this site and numerous others. She died suddenly at her home in California on November 5, 2007 at the age of 75. She has left a legacy that will benefit genealogy researchers forever. May she rest in peace. - Gloria Brinkmeier & Donna Mollaun wrote this OBITUARY as a tribute to Sylvia.

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