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Edward William Pethtel, Sr
Birth: Oct. 1, 1944
Death: Apr. 12, 2008



Our Dads Memorial

How do we let a Father go?
How do we say "I'm ready now to go on without you?"
How can we ever have a clue of what that really means?
And then all of sudden
The moment is upon us, and there's no turning back.
And then we know what grief is,
and guilt and love and things undone.
Try to prepare and we will fail in some way, be it subtle or looming...
But there is peace too.
Peace and acceptance and overwhelming love that
maybe we just weren't aware of.
Waves and waves of conflicting emotion,
and laughter too,
and memories we hadn't bothered lately to recall
come flooding back in shared company...
And its all about you Dad...
And there's gratitude... so much of that,
that we had you, such a wonderful Father...
Bright and shining, nobody's fool,
Independent, but humble too:
Smart, and kind, and fun.
A part of you has passed away, but much is carried everyday within us, and will as long as we are here.
This may be a final tribute,
A day to celebrate your life and say goodbyes;
But its not final.
Everyday we'll celebrate in some way, just by the virtue of how you shaped our lives,
The absolute and incredible fortune that we knew you.
As a father, a friend, and a man.
(lori boast 2007, edited and re-written by daughter in law Andrea Huggins)
read at Dad's Funeral, by his daughter Cindy

God looked around his garden and found an empty place.
He then looked down upon his earth and saw your loving face.
He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest.
His garden must be beautiful, he always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering, he knew you were in pain.
And knew that you would never get well on earth again.
He saw your path was difficult, he closed your tired eyes.
He whispered to you "Peace be Thine" and gave you wings to fly.
When we saw you sleeping so calm and free of pain.
We would not wish you back to earth to suffer once again.
You've left us precious memories, your love will be our guide.
You live on through your children, you're always be by our side.
It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone.
For part of us went with you on the day God called you home. ~Anonymous
read at Dad's Funeral, by his daughter Melissa
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there I did not die. ~Anonymous
read at Dad's Funeral, by his daughter Claudia
Edward William Pethtel Sr., 63, of Richmond, Ohio, for the past six years, formerly of Burgettstown, passed away, while surrounded by his loving wife and children, on Saturday afternoon, April 12, 2008, in Trinity Health System West, Steubenville, Ohio, following a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born October 1, 1944, in Colliers, W.Va., a son of the late Claude Howard and Ica Irene Martin Pethtel.

Mr. Pethtel was a truck driver for various companies, retiring in 2006 because of his health.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and six Chihuahuas, gardening, farming, fishing and drag racing.

His wife, Sophia Shimek Pethtel, whom he married June 13, 1970, survives.

Also surviving are four sons, Edward W. Pethtel Jr. (Andrea) of Follansbee, WV., Erik J. Pethtel (Tiffany) of Burgettstown, PA., Claude H. Pethtel (Gwen) of Georgetown, PA. and William E. Pethtel of Richmond, OH.; five daughters, Claudia I. Cline (Adrian) of Langeloth, PA., Cindy S. Moss (Emmanuel) of Richmond, OH., Kimberly J. Riter (Kevin) of Weirton, WV., Melissa R. Pethtel (Bob) of Finleyville, PA. and April M. Stanley; two sisters, Dorothy Russell of Weirton, WV. and Geraldine Smith of Burgettstown, PA. ; 12 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are two sisters, Joanne Davis and Nancy Dhanse.

Friends were received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Lee and Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown, where services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 16. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to his family.

Family links: 
  Claude Howard Pethtel (1915 - 1992)
  Ica Martin Pethtel (1914 - 1987)
  Evelyn Joanne Pethtel Davis (1939 - 1991)*
  Nancy C. Pethtel Dhanse (1941 - 2004)*
  Edward William Pethtel (1944 - 2008)
*Calculated relationship
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
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Record added: Apr 23, 2008
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- Cathie Dotson
 Added: Dec. 10, 2014
Happy Birthday in Heaven, Dad/Ed. You are missed more and more each day. I think of you often and it always brings a smile. I love to hear your Dude'r tell stories of the ole days, you are so loved, I know you knew this, but I wish you were with us so w...(Read more)
- dude n andrea
 Added: Oct. 2, 2011

- Anita Knapp Conley
 Added: Jul. 4, 2010
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