Miscellaneous Ohio County, West Virginia Obituaries


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Father Stephen J. Wolan 
Father Stephen J. Wolan, retired pastor, died Thursday, Dec. 11 [1998], at Wheeling Hospital. He was 71. He was born Dec. 11, 1926, in Stara Wies, Poland, son of the late Stanley and Katarzyna (Szuba) Wolan. 
Father Wolan was ordained on May 24, 1958, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Fairmont by the late Bishop Thomas J. McDonnell. He served at St. John Parish in Benwood in 1958, and then as associate pastor at St. Margaret Mary Church in Parkersburg from 1958 until 1961. In 1961, he became associate pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Clarksburg. He served as pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Fairmont; St. Ann Parish in Shinnston; St. Francis de Sales Parish in Beckley; Christ the King Parish in Dunbar; St. Francis of Assisi Parish in St. Albans; Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Logan, and Sacred Heart of Mary Parish in Weirton. 
Father Wolan retired on Nov. 15, 1992, and served as chaplain of the Knights of Columbus Carroll Council No. 504, Wheeling, and as chaplain for the Welty Home of Wheeling. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Golf Club and a member of St. Michael's Funeral Choir in Wheeling. Surviving is a brother, Ignacy Wolan, S.J., of Poland; a sister, Mrs. Frank (Stacy) Kogut of Wheeling; an uncle and an aunt in Poland, and numerous cousins. Funeral liturgy with Mass was celebrated Monday, Dec. 15, at St. Joseph Cathedral in Wheeling, with Bishop Bernard W. Schmitt as celebrant. 

Brother Noah A. Kacur 
Brother Noah A. Kacur, of the Jesuit Community at Wheeling Jesuit University, died Saturday, Nov. 15 [1998], in the St. Isaac Joges Jesuit Community in Rapid City, S.D. He was 85. He was born May 26, 1912, in Uniontown, Pa., the son of the late Stephen and Anna Sauers Kacur. 
He survived WW II campaigns in North Africa and Italy. He entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) on July 30, 1953. Kacur served as missionary to the Sioux at Holy Rosary Mission in Pine Ridge, S.D., for over 20 years. He then became the pastoral associate at the Church of the Nativity in Wayne for five years, until he became a minister with the Jesuit Community at Wheeling Jesuit University in 1994, a position he held until his death. Funeral liturgy with Mass was celebrated at the Chapel of Mary and Joseph at Wheeling Jesuit University with Father Joseph Haden, S.J., as celebrant. Memorial contributions may be made to Red Cloud Indian School, Pine Ridge, SD 57770. 

Catherine K. McGinnis 
Catherine Kapnicky McGinnis, 95, of Morgantown, died Saturday, Nov. 8 [1998], at Madison Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Mrs. McGinnis was born in Lambert, Pa., on June 16, 1902, the daughter of the late Steven and Catherine Valent Varnak. She was a member of St. Mary Parish in Morgantown. She served as postmaster for 22 years in Jere. 
She was an active member of many Catholic organizations, and in 1987 received an Apostolic Blessing from Pope John Paul II for her work of 25 years as a member of the board of directors of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. She also served the Catholic Daughters of the Americas and the National Council of Catholic Women. She inaugurated a Home Hospitality for students from abroad, was a member of the diocesan Pastoral Council, the Administrative Board of Review and St. Theresa's Parish Council in Morgantown. 
Mrs. McGinnis is survived by three sons, one sister, one brother, five step-daughters, 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 27 step-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Mary's Tuesday, Nov. 11. 

Mino R. D'Aurora
Mino R. D'Aurora, 88, died Sunday, Nov. 23 [1998]. Born Aug. 12, 1909, in Pettorano Sul Gizio, Italy, Mr. D'Aurora was the son of the late Giovino and Maria (DeStefano) D'Aurora. He was a lifelong member of St. Anthony Parish in Follansbee, a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name Society. 
Mr. D'Aurora was employed at Follansbee Steel Corporation in Follansbee for 35 years, then worked for 12 years for the Titanium Metals Corporation of America in Toronto, Ohio, until his retirement. 
Mr. D'Aurora was a Past Worthy President of Eagles; and a member of the following organizations: LOOM; Sons of Italy; Garibaldi Club; Theta Chi Alpha Fraternity; Knights of St. George; Knights of St. Anthony; Cedar Lodge; Follansbee City Council, and a former deputy assessor of Brooke County. He was elected to the W.Va. House of Delegates from Brooke County, 1958-73, and was appointed to the Committees on Finance; Health and Welfare (vice chair), Industry and Labor, and Aging. 
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Nov. 26 at St. Anthony Parish in Follansbee. 

Sr. Mary Dorothy Galbreath, S.A.C.
Sister Mary Dorothy Galbreath, S.A.C., a member of the Pallottine Missionary Sisters, died on March 29 [1999] at St. Mary's Convent Infirmary in Huntington after a long illness. She was 88. Sister Dorothy served as a missionary in Belize, Central America, for 29 years until 1961. After returning to the United States in 1961, she worked in schools in Maryland, Michigan and West Virginia. She worked as a pastoral care visitor at St. Mary's Hospital in Huntington from 1984-91, when she retired.

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