Amalia Picchi

January 31, 1925 - October 28, 2018

01/31/1925 - 10/28/2018

Past Services

Friday November 02, 2018
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
St. John Catholic Church
Bellaire, OH 43906
740-676-0051 | Directions
Friday November 02, 2018
7:45 pm
Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes - Bellaire Chapel
441 37th Street
Bellaire, OH 43906
740-676-1611 | Directions
Saturday November 03, 2018
11:00 am
St. John Catholic Church
Bellaire, OH 43906
740-676-0051 | Directions
Saturday November 03, 2018
12:00 pm
Greenwood Cemetery
1526 National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-242-0270 | Directions

Amalia Picchi, 93 of Wheeling, WV. died on Sunday October 28, 2018 at Wheeling Hospital.

She was born January 31, 1925 a daughter of the late Thomas and Marie Emelyn (McMillen) Thoner in Wheeling, WV.

Amalia was a music instructor for the Buckeye Local School District and a private voice and piano teacher in Wheeling. She attended St. John Catholic Church and held a Masters degree from West Virginia University.

After college she studied voice in New York for a year with a teacher affiliated with the Metropolitan Opera. She went to Pittsburgh as a student and teacher for McGrail School of Opera at Duquesne and performed in many lead roles during her time there.

She also met her husband Anthony Rocco Picchi while there.

She taught 4th grade for a year at St. John Grade School and was a voice instructor at Mt Dechantel Academy as well as a music instructor at the Home of the Good Shepherd (Lady of the Valley School for Girls) with her husband.

Amalia was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a sister Margarite Rush.

She is survived by her children, Tonie (George) Sivert of Wheeling, WV and Thomas (Malissa Vavra) of Clarksburg, WV.

In addition she is survived by a sister Marie Straka of Flowery Branch, GA, two nieces Carol Rush and Roberta Connolly and two nephews John Rush and Eric Straka.

She also leaves behind several great-nieces and nephews and her caregiver Barbara Harkness.

Family and friends will be received at the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory 441, 37th Street Bellaire, Ohio 43906 on Friday November 2, 2018 from 3 until 8 pm.

A vigil service will be held at 7:45 pm. Funeral liturgy with Mass will be held at St. John Catholic Church in Bellaire, Ohio on Saturday November 3 at 11 am with Fr. Daniel Heusel officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Wheeling, WV.

Memorial contributions can be made to the St. John Grade School by going to “”.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to the entire staff at Good Shepherd as well as the nurses and aides of Wheeling Hospital 3rd and 5th Floors and the Bethlehem Fire Department for their excellent care and compassion.

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Christie Moore
5 years ago

Bill, Francesca, and I send our condolences. From what I have read sincewas a person, i wished I met. Our prayers are with you

Johnathan Peltz
5 years ago

I am very sorry for your loss. It’s so difficult to only write a few brief sentences for a person who gave so much to the world. Mrs. Picchi was a guiding light in many lives. Her serenity and happiness will be dearly missed by everyone. She deeply loved her family, her pets, and her music. Her wonderful legacy will live on through the generations of people she touched with her talents and kindness.

Sister Joanne Gonter
5 years ago

Tonie, I have wonderful memories of your mother when she was at Mount de Chantal. Sister Loretta and I check the Wheeling paper each day and I was pleased to be able to read the interesting account of her life. As others have written in their memories, she was a special person. This note brings sympathy to you and all the family from the four Mount Sisters here at Georgetown Visitation.

madalyn l markle Runyan
5 years ago

So sorry for your loss. Mr Picchi was my band teacher when I was in High School from 1958 to 1961. He was the greatest. He treated like his kids.

Renee Mayle
5 years ago

My thoughts and prayers. She was my music teacher in New Alexandria Elementary School.

Cindy Ufferman
5 years ago

My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. Your mother was always so sweet and kind. The Angels were singing when she arrived in Heaven directed by her beloved husband. Hugs my friend.

Ellouise Connolly
5 years ago

May Mollie rest in peace. I have fond memories of Mollie and tony spending a weekend at my home and Tony singing to the world from the front deck. She touched many lives.

Jessica Connor
5 years ago


I am so sorry to hear about your mom. Miss Mollie is a beautiful soul. I will never forget the faces she made at your dad at the variety show practices. Heaven gained a beautiful and very gifted angel.

JoAnn Orzolek
5 years ago

So very sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a very special person.

Mary Bea (Knapp) DeNoble
5 years ago

I know that your Dad greeted your Mom with a huge smile. May God embrace you and your family, and may you be comforted by by fond and beautiful memories.