TONKOVICH, Daniel R., 55, of Pleasant Acres, Benwood, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2002, at home. He was born April 17, 1946, the son of Clara Offchinik Tonkovich of Benwood and the late Daniel Tonkovich. He was a graduate of Bishop Donahue High School, McMechen, West Liberty State College and attended graduate school at Syracuse University. Dan was a United States Army veteran having served in a light infantry brigade in Vietnam. He was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1972 and again in 1974. In 1976, he was elected as a West Virginia State Senator and was re-elected in 1980 and in 1984 when he was chosen as President of the West Virginia State Senate. While in the legislature, he served on many committees including Education, Health and Welfare committees and the interim Committee on Penal Reform. He was also involved in the passage of the State Open Meetings Law and the Freedom of Information Act. Dan was also named as one of the Outstanding Young Men of America in 1974, 1977 and 1978. He was a member of the Democratic National Committee, the Congressional Senatorial Committee, the President of the Bishop Donahue School Board, the Knights of Columbus Council #1907, Moundsville, and a member of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Mt. Olivet. He has worked as an Independent Management consultant, and Independent Website Designer and became an active figure in Justice Fellowship, a ministry organization for prisoners and their families in Harrisburg, PA. Surviving in addition to his mother are a son, Brandon D. Tonkovich of Proctor, WV; two daughters, Stacy Tonkovich of Charleston, WV and Kaitlynn M. Tonkovich of Proctor, WV. There will be no visitation. Friends are invited to attend a memorial Mass at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2002, at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Mt. Olivet. Interment wil be held at the convenience of the family in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling. Memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities, 125 18th St., Wheeling, WV 26003, Bishop Donahue High School, 325 Logan St., McMechen, WV 26040 or to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, 1023 15th N.W., Second Floor, Washington, D.C. 2005. Arrangements by Altmeyer Funeral Home, Lutes & Kirby-Vance Chapel, 118 Grant Ave., Moundsville.
Date: Thursday, February 14, 2002
Time: 6:00 pm
Our Lady of Peace Church
Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2002
Time: 2:00 pm
Mt. Calvary Cemetery Wheeling
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