The Times West Virginian


October 19, 2013

Angelo Meffe

Our Beloved father and husband...  

Angelo (Butch) John Meffe, 93, of Fairmont, passed away Thursday (Oct. 17, 2013) at the John Manchin Sr. Assisted Living Facility in Farmington.

He was born Aug. 2, 1920, in Monongah, son of the late Mateo and Santamcia Ciamarra Meffe.

Angelo (Butch) was an Ex-POW, a U.S. Army veteran serving during WWII, and was sent to North Africa. He was in the 805th Tank Destroyer Battalion attached to the First Armored Division. He was captured by Field Marshal Erwin Rommel’s the Battle of Kasserine Pass. He was a prisoner of war in Germany for 26 months, and was liberated in April 1945 in Hanover, Germany.

After returning from the war, he started an auto body repair business in 1948 called Meffe Body Shop. He retired from auto body repair in 1989.  He was a member of Saint Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church in Fairmont, and was strongly involved in the Ex-POW Barbed Wire Mountaineer Chapter VFW in Fairmont, up until his illness.  

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Mary Rose (Sinisi) Meffe, and will be sadly missed by his four children, two sons, David Angelo Meffe and daughter-in-law Patricia Meffe of Kingsport, Tenn., and James Robert Meffe and daughter-in-law Sherri Meffe of Fairmont; two daughters, Elisabeth (Betsy) Smith and son-in-law James Smith of Cranberry Township, Pa., and Teresa Maria Hamrick and son-in-law Brian Hamrick of Florence, Ky. He is survived by eight grandchildren, Lauren Meffe, Matthew McGinnis, Daren Meffe, Lenzy Meffe, Aaron Hamrick, Eli Hamrick, Isaac Hamrick and Christopher Smith; a great-grandchild, Zackary McGinnis; one sister, Leanna Meffe of Monongah; a sister-in-law, Norma Jean Sinisi of Fairmont; many nieces and nephews, Janice Miller and husband Michael, Jennifer Leyh and husband Thomas, and John Matthew Meffe; great-nieces and -nephews, Denise Roncone and husband Michael, Kevin Wood and wife Shannon, Janine Watson and husband Jeff; great-great-nieces and nephews, Danielle Williams, Cipriana Greek, Trevor Wood, Logan Walton and husband Jaysen, and Jullian Watson; great-great-great nephews, Jayden Walton, Carter, Mason and Thomas Greek.

In addition to his parents, Angelo was preceded in death by a daughter, Margaret Ann; three brothers, Pasquale, Orlando and Anthony Meffe; three sisters, Edith Gibbles, Anna Meffe and Agnes Mary Meffe; a sister-in-law, Virginia Meffe; two brothers-in-law, Samuel Sinisi and Frank Gibbles; and a niece, Tyndara Meffe.  

The family will receive friends at Domico Funeral Home, 414 Gaston Ave. in Fairmont, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, with a Vigil Service being held at 6 Sunday evening by Fr. Robert Perriello. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church with Father Douglas Sutton as Celebrant. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Monongah, with full military rights being performed at graveside by the Marion County Veteran’s Council.

Condolences may be sent online to the family at

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