By Linda Cunningham Fluharty, 2005.


Mary Coss Staley & her husband, Jerry.

MARY EVELYN COSS STALEY is an outstanding member of the Wheeling Area Genealogical Society. She is a central figure in most aspects of the society and she works tirelessly on its many projects. She is always willing to go the extra mile to help other members, as well as the many visitors to the Wheeling Room at the Ohio County Library, where she volunteers regularly.

Mary is also a devoted daughter, a beloved sister and aunt, and a cherished mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. As a friend, she is generous, loyal and true. She consistently puts the needs and interests of others ahead of her own.

Mary, the daughter of Harmon and Marie (Strauss) Coss, was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio. She attended St. John's High School and graduated in 1954. She married Jerry Staley in 1954 and they raised their family of six children in Martins Ferry. Mary worked as a waitress at Elby's on National Road in Wheeling for 25 years.


Mary (right) with her mother, Marie (Strauss) Coss


Phyllis Dye Slater & Mary Coss Staley


Mary Coss Staley & Linda Cunningham Fluharty
March 17, 2005




Jerry Staley, 1933-2003
Photo, 1954

George J. "Jerry" Staley, the son of George L. Staley and Gladys Duke, was born June 4, 1933, at Martins Ferry, Ohio. He attended Martins Ferry schools and worked at the Yorkville Plant of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel for 42 years, retiring in 1990.

On November 13, 1954, Jerry married Mary Evelyn Coss. Of this union were born six children, Connie, Dale, David, James, Jerry, and Patrick. Thirteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren complete the family.


Mary Coss Staley
Photo, 1954

Jerry enjoyed bowling and fishing, and sitting on the porch watching the neighbors. His favorite football team was Notre Dame, and of course, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Jerry was a devoted husband and father. He never missed a game that his sons were playing in football or baseball and he was always proud when one of his boys made the paper while playing sports.

He bought an old Van, and brushed it Kelly Green. They called it the "Green Machine" and that van always showed up at the high school games. Pat, the youngest son, always played better when he saw the old Van.

Jerry died very suddenly on October 8, 2003 and is buried in St Mary's Cemetery in Martins Ferry. There is not a day that goes by that we don't miss him, his laughter, and his annoyances at TV commercials -- and the remote always in his hands.

"We will love you always!"

Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be ever at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And the rain fall softly on your fields
And until we meet again, May God hold
you in the hollow of his hand


The Staley Family




Times Leader, Martins Ferry, Ohio - October 8, 2003

George "Jerry" Staley, 70, of Ohio Avenue, Martins Ferry, Ohio, died Wednesday, Oct 8, 2003 at East Ohio Regional Hosiptal, Martins Ferry. He was born June 4, 1933 in Martins Ferry, a son of George L. and Gladys M. Duke Staley.

He was retired from the Yorkville Plant of the Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel and a member of St Mary's Catholic Church in Martins Ferry. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a Brother Martin and a Sister Lois B. Collette.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years Mary Evelyn Coss Staley; five sons, Dale (Diana) of Martins Ferry, David (Tracy) of Wheeling, James (Mary) of Martins Ferry, Jerry (Jamie) of Wheeling, Patrick (Jodi) of Martins Ferry, a daughter, Connie (Bob) Hackett of Martins Ferry, a sister Rose Mary ( Roger) Gildow of Colerain; thirteen grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.

Friends will be received Thursday, 2-4 and 7-9 at the Heslop Funeral Home Walnut Street and Fifth, Martins Ferry.

Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated Friday, Oct 10, 2003 at 10 a.m. at St Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry, with Rev. Thomas Magary officiating. Burial follows at St. Mary's Cemetery, Martins Ferry.