The Times West Virginian


April 29, 2013

Joseph Carunchia

Joseph Carunchia, 88, of Kingmont, passed away Saturday (April 27, 2013) at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

Joseph was born March 3, 1925, in Kingmont, son of the late Nickola and Mary Gargarella Carunchia.

Joseph was the founder and owner of Tygart Valley Cinemas in Fairmont. He started in the theater business in 1953 and formerly owned the Starlight, Fairmont and Twilight theaters. He was very active in the Democratic Party and community affairs. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret “Margy” Romano Carunchia; two children, Lana Glass and husband Joseph of San Diego, Calif., and Michael Carunchia and wife Melissa “Misty” of Fairmont; a sister, Caroline Morgan of Fairmont; two grandchildren, Elissa Carunchia Cavender and Shelley Carunchia Fernley; and six great-grandchildren, Ian, Annalise, Olivivi and Elisabeth Cavender, and Angelo and Merrick Fernley.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Vincent, Tony and Patrick; and a sister, Frances Brown.

The family will receive friends at Domico Funeral Home, 414 Gaston Ave., Fairmont, from 1-8 p.m. today and from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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