Wanda Jane Barkhurst

WANDA JANE BARKHURST, 87, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed away on March 10, 2023. Wanda was born on April 14, 1935, the second of five children born to Charles and Zelma Riggs Cassella. Wanda was a true character who lived life to the fullest. She had a vibrant personality and was always the life of the party. Her infectious smile and quick wit would light up any room she entered. She had a true gift of remembering everyone she met and their name. A homemaker, Wanda’s greatest joy in life was her family. She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loved spending time with them whenever she could. She would insist in watching them in their younger years without having them in daycare. Her home was always open to family and friends, and she loved nothing more than cooking and baking delicious treats for everyone to enjoy. Wanda enjoyed playing cards with her friends in two different card clubs. She also enjoyed volunteering her time, as she served for decades on the board of directors of the Mary H. Weir Public Library. In addition to her parents, Wanda was preceded in death by her husband, Alton “Sonny” Barkhurst in 1998; and her sister, Shirley Quickle. Wanda will be deeply missed by her family and all who knew her including her two daughters, Vicki (Dave) Stunda and Valeri(Mike) DeFallo ; Brothers, Jack and James (Carol) Cassella; sister, Janet Taylor; grandchildren, Shannon (Steve) Muro; Daniel (Brittany Roberts) DeFallo, Joseph (Christina Conforti) DeFallo; great grandchildren, Ryatt and Wiley Muro and Ella Drew DeFallo; and many nieces and nephews. In honoring Wanda’s wishes, there will not be any public services. Wanda was laid to rest next to her husband at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to Mary H. Weir Public Library, 3442 Main Street, Weirton, WV 26062. Share tributes and memories at