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Joseph T. Chontos

August 29, 1941 ~ December 25, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old

Joseph Chontos Obituary

Joseph T. “Coach” Chontos, 82, passed from this world in the early morning on Christmas Day, December 25, 2023, surrounded by family and loved ones.  He fought a courageous battle against the odds and is now at peace.

He was born on August 29, 1941, to the late Joseph M. and Julia R. Chontos and raised in McKeesport,  Pennsylvania.   He graduated from McKeesport High School and then from Fairmont College with a degree in Education.  He later received his Master’s Degree in Administration from Youngstown State University.

He moved to East Liverpool in 1963 to be a teacher and coach with the East Liverpool School District.  For the next 30 years, he raised his family and taught physical education, health, and OWA, while also coaching sports for the school district. He began as an assistant football coach and then went on to be the head baseball coach for many years.  He also served as the East Liverpool High School athletic director for several years and coached junior high football for St.Aloysius and basketball at the local YMCA. 

He had a wonderful life being a father, teacher, and lifelong coach.  He taught many students and athletes sportsmanship, competition and the importance of having fun.  In addition to coaching, he enjoyed golfing, carving, the outdoors, traveling, boating, and watching football, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Ohio State Buckeyes.   He was extremely well known for his sense of humor and friendly attitude.  Joe never met a stranger he wouldn’t talk to.

Joe was preceded in death by his partner Nancy Dahl.  He is survived by his companion Helen Pickering Doherty of East Liverpool, his sister Rosemarie Stashko of Pittsburgh, his brother Herbert Chontos and his wife Patricia of Colorado Springs, CO, his son Joseph and his wife Diane of Pittsburgh, PA, his son James and his wife Viola of East Liverpool OH, his stepson Douglas Dahl of Brooklyn NY, and stepson Brandon Dahl of Los Angeles CA, his beloved dog Rusty, and many, many good friends. 

Calling hours will be held on Friday December 29 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and the funeral will be held at 11:00am on Saturday December 30 at the Arner Funeral Chapel in Chester, West Virginia.  Memorial donations in Joe’s honor can be made to the East Liverpool City Schools Athletic Department, 810 West 8th Street, East Liverpool for the benefit of the baseball and football teams.

The pleasure has been all ours, Joe.

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Services

Visitation
Friday
December 29, 2023

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Arner Funeral Chapel
607 Carolina Ave
Chester, WV 26034

Funeral Service
Saturday
December 30, 2023

11:00 AM
Arner Funeral Chapel
607 Carolina Ave
Chester, WV 26034

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