Rev. Mr. Richard Walter Mankowski, Sr., 79, of Weirton died Monday December 22, 2014, at the Valley Hospice Care Center North, in Steubenville, Ohio.
Born on September 25, 1935, in Weirton, Richard was a son of the late Frank A. and Stella Bernice Ostrowski Mankowski. He was also preceded in death by his son, John Mankowski, in 1961 and his brother, Edward J. Mankowski. Richard retired as a millwright from Weirton Steel after 42 years of service.
He was an active leader to the area’s youth for many years. He was Scoutmaster of Troop 132 for over 35 years. While in scouting, he received “The Mayors Award” in 1970, the “Silver Beaver” from the Fort Steuben Area Council in 1975 and the Saint George Emblem in 1980 from the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, in recognition of outstanding service to the spiritual development of Catholic youth. In addition to Boy Scouts, he was a board member of the Lauretta B. Millsop Council of Camp Fire USA. Richard was a faithful member of the Knights of Columbus 3734 and the Fourth Degree Assembly 1194, where he served as faithful navigator, faithful friar and chaplin. In 2000, his family was awarded Family of the Year by the Knights of Columbus, and in 2001 he was awarded Knight of the Year.
Deacon Richard was an active member of Sacred Heart of Mary Parish in Weirton, where he served as a Eucharistic minister until his ordination to the diaconate in August 1985 by Archbishop Francis B. Schulte. Since 1985, Richard has served his parish as a permanent deacon. He was director of the RCIA and was appointed interim pastoral coordinator for Sacred Heart of Mary in 1992, and a representative for the Wheeling Vicariate to the Ninth Diocesan Synod.
He is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart, Theresa Mosiejewski Mankowski, whom he married on May 10, 1958; a son, Richard Walter Mankowski, Jr.; four daughters, Bernadette and James Zucosky, Virginia Lamp and her fiancé Michael Heilman, Annette and Chuck Toland, and Theresa and David Lamp all of Weirton; 12 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Sacred Heart of Mary Church Dec. 27. Interment followed at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Weirton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sacred Heart of Mary Parish, 200 Preston Avenue, Weirton, WV 26062 or to the Ohio River Valley Council Campership Fund PO Box 6186, Wheeling, WV 26003.