Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 23, 2013

Franciscas "Che-Che" Miano

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

THORPE — Franciscas "Che-Che" Miano, age 92, of Thorpe, West Virginia, passed away Monday, January 21, 2013, after a short illness. Che-Che was born on May 22, 1920, to the late Domenico and Josephine Fama Miano, on No. 5 Hill in Thorpe.

He attended the Thorpe Elementary School and Gary High School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division 507th PIR, having jumped behind enemy lines in Normandy, France on D-Day, June 6, 1944 and he also fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was employed with the U.S. Steel Corporation for 44 years as an electrician and house coal bin operator at the Alpheus Preparation Plant in Gary until his retirement in 1981.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Violet Louise Long Miano on May 29, 2001. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Charlie, Frank J., Anthony (Neno), Domenico (Zulie), Salvatore (Sam) Miano; one sister, Anna Calabro; and two grandsons, Patrick Mills and Christopher Case.

Survivors include two daughters, Frances A. Case and husband Jim of Huntington, W.Va. and Josey Miano and husband Drew Walden of Matthews, N.C.; three sons, Sammy Miano and wife Kathy of Rock, W.Va., Anthony Miano and wife Jo Ann of Thorpe, W.Va., and Francis “Che-Che” Miano and wife Katie of Christiansburg, Va. He had four grandchildren to whom he was known as “Pappy”; three granddaughters, Jamie Case Dorsey and husband, Elliott of Charlotte, N.C., Bethany Jackson and fiancé Jay Lapolla of Land O’ Lakes, Fla., Samantha Miano of Bluefield, W.Va. and one grandson, Vincenzo (Vince) Miano of Christiansburg, Va.; two great-grandsons, Benjamin and Joseph Dorsey of Charlotte, N.C. He is also survived by his Army buddy and dear friend of 70 years, James P. “Mule” Muehlberger of Walnutport, Pa. He has one surviving sister, Tina Shealey of Anaheim, Calif.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, January 25, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Gary, W.Va., where he was a life-long parishioner, with Father Paulose Manickathan, celebrant. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, on Court House Road in Princeton, W.Va., where Military Rites will be conducted.

Friends may call Thursday, January 24, 2013 at the Fanning Funeral Home in Welch, from 6 to 8 p.m. where a Scripture Prayer Service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Delmer Winebarger, Jeffrey H. "Harvey" Walker, Jim Case, Larry Heizer, Drew Walden and Tony Calabro. Honorary pallbearers will be David Myers, James P. "Mule" Muehlberger, Donald Miano, Ben Simon, Frank "Butch" Kapish Jr., and Randall David.    

Fanning Funeral Home of Welch is serving the Miano family.

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