Francesco Priore, 96, of St. Clairsville, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in the Wheeling Hospital in Wheeling, West Virginia.

He was born Nov. 11, 1922, in Villa S. Angelo Provincia D’Quila, Italy a son of the late Corangelia and Rubina Melonio Priore.

Francesco was originally from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. He was a retired potter for the former Canonsburg Pottery for 20 years and an employee of the Peter’s Township High School. He was a former member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Canonsburg for 40 years. He enjoyed his garden and his peach trees. He is a member of the St Mary Catholic Church in St. Clairsville, Ohio and served in the Italian Army in World War II.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Concettina “Connie” Cimino Priore, whom he married on Feb. 14, 1953, in Canada, three children, Leo A. (Mary Ellen) Priore of Gibsonia, PA, Frank J. (Lora) Priore of Willoughby Hills, Ohio and Mary Ann (Paul) Homard of St. Clairsville, Ohio. Also six grandchildren, Michael (Jennifer) Priore of North Hills, Pennsylvania, Dominic (Fiancee’ Holly) Priore of Denver, Pennsylvania, Joseph Priore of Willoughby Hills, Ohio, Gina (fiance Scott) of Beachwood, Ohio, Thomas Priore of Willoughby Hills, Ohio and Jonathan (Mikaylah) Homard of Garfield Heights, Ohio and two great-grandchildren, Marco Renda Priore and Mia Rae Priore.

Family and friends will be received at the Care Funeral & Cremation Specialists St. Clairsville Chapel, 204 West Main St., St. Clairsville, Ohio on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. Funeral liturgy with Mass will be celebrated on Monday at 11 a.m. at the St. Mary Catholic Church in St. Clairsville, Ohio with Fr. Thomas Chillog officiating. Entombment in the Holly Memorial Gardens in Pleasant Grove, Ohio. Vigil services will be held on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary’s Grade School by going to TMCFunding.com. Share your thoughts and memories with Francesco’s family at carechapel.com.