The man, the myth and the legend, Steve Charles Donofe Sr., 83, Steubenville, passed away peacefully surrounded by love on July 11, 2022. He was born March 7, 1939 in Follansbee, son of the late Ralph and Mary Donofe . A 1957 graduate of St. Anthony’s School in Follansbee, he then joined and proudly served in the United States Marine Corps until 1960.
He married the great love of his life, Louise Checca of Steubenville, nearly 59 years ago on September 7, 1963. He then crossed the river, where he enjoyed great success as a sales representative for Western -Southern Life Insurance. He retired in early 1994 after 32 years, then worked at Lowes for 22 years. Work was often considered his favorite pastime.
Steve’s proudest accomplishment and greatest joy, however, was his family. Steve enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. Nothing made him happier than a plate of meat sauce and rigatoni from his daughter Suzee, or even a really good martini. He always said, “that’s wonderful” when they are given good news and “living below your means” when asked for financial advice. Steve has lived his life his own way, a complex mix of tradition and making his own rules.
He is survived by his wife, Louise Checca Donofe; Three children: Stephanie Donofe Meeks (Ken) of Columbus; Suzee Donofe Talerico (Bill) of Pittsburgh; Steve Donofe Jr. (Lisa) of Cincinnati; Six grandchildren: Bella, Ava, Jeana, Reena, Dante, Lola and great-granddaughter, Adalee; sister, Pauline Donofe Filiano (Charles) of McKeesport; brother-in-law Albert “Bevo” Checca (Donna) from Guangzhou; eight nieces and nephews and families. He is also predeceased by his brother, Ralph Donofe Jr (and his wife Gerry).
He was a member of Triumph of the Cross Catholic, formerly Holy Rosary Church for nearly 40 years and a member of St. Anthony Parish before it closed. He was founding administrator of the Italian village of Steubenville.
Family and friends may visit Wednesday, July 13 from 3-6 p.m. at Mosti Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, 4435 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville. There will be a funeral liturgy with a mass to be celebrated Thursday at 12:00 p.m. at the Triumph of the Cross Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. A vigil will be held Wednesday at 5:45 p.m.
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