PONTIA, George P.,

PONTIA, George P., 97, of Martins Ferry, OH, died Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at Wheeling Hospital, Wheeling, WV.

He was born January 7, 1917 in Bulgar , PA, a son of the late Emile Pontia, Sr. and Malvina (Granier) Pontia.

He was retired from the Yorkville Plant of the Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel. George was a founding member of Mackey Community Center of Martins Ferry and a member of the Hungarian Cultural Society, St. Clairsville R C Flyers and the V.F.W. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, WWII.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice E. (Drasylko) Pontia; brothers, Emile, Marshall and Albert Pontia; sisters, Evelyn White, Stella Cole, Rose Harris and Bessie Hamel; a grandson, Scott Offord.

Surviving are his daughters, Becky (Kenneth) Robey, Sr. of Martins Ferry and Georgia (David) Rainero of Pittsburgh, PA; grandchildren, Ken Robey, Jr., Ryan Robey, and Kevin (Brenda) Offord; great- grandchildren, Doug (Kathy) , Manda, Elizabeth, and Christopher Robey and Jason (Leigh) Offord, Erin Offord and David Offord; great-great-grandchildren, Aubrey and Sophia.

Friends will be received at Heslop Funeral Home, 415 Walnut St., Martins Ferry, OH, Friday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. where services will be held Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Jim Monogioudis officiating. Burial follows in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, OH.

Military honors will be presented by the Belmont County V.F.W. Honor Guard at 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home prior to the funeral.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.heslop.com.