Michael Angelo Oliverio, 77, of Morgantown, W.Va., passed away at home, surrounded by all of his family, on Feb. 5, 2014.
Mike was born May 10, 1936, in Carolina, a son of the late Giuseppe Oliverio and Maria Mancina Oliverio.
He graduated from Monongah High School, Fairmont State College and West Virginia University, with additional post-graduate work at the University of Virginia, College of St. Thomas, Minnesota and George Washington University.
From humble beginnings as the son of an immigrant shepherd, Mike served as a counselor, statesman, educator and civic leader and dedicated his professional and personal life to the betterment of the global community with tireless effort. He served for over 10 years as the Monongalia County Clerk until his retirement.
Exceptional Honors and Achievements included serving as National President of the National Rehabilitation Counseling Association and also President of the National Rehabilitation Association International Advocacy Group for Persons with Disabilities. In those organizations, he initiated and developed a process to certify all rehabilitation counselors nationally, as well as starting an accreditation process to accredit all Graduate Programs of Vocational Rehabilitation. In this capacity, he met with the U.S. Congress and Presidents Carter and Ford to promote laws for persons with disabilities.
Mike was very involved with the American Heart Association and served on many levels, reaching the highest rank of Vice Chairman of the National Board, serving millions of members.
Mike served the local community with exceptional passion and vision and is the recipient of many achievements and awards, but there are some achievements he is especially proud of. He helped start the Kennedy Correctional Center and was a founder of the Ronald McDonald House, as well as serving as Chair of the Community Advisory Committee. He is credited for bringing the Health South Rehab Center, in addition to coordinating the building of five Sheltered Workshops in North Central West Virginia and several Goodwill stores. He designed and facilitated the building of a memorial honoring fathers and JFK in Star City called "A Father's Love."
Mike has served as Chairman of the Fairmont State University Board of Advisors, the Klingberg Development Center Advisory Committee, North Central West Virginia Goodwill Board, West Virginia Heart Association, People Aware of Children Exceptional (PACE), West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival and St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, just to name a few.
Mike not only served the community locally, but internationally as well, and was given the International Award for Achievement and Humanity in Rome, Italy. He also is responsible for making West Virginia and Calabria, Italy, sister states, and conducting the twinning process joining Clarksburg, W.Va., and San Giovanni in Fiori, Italy; he initiated an exchange program with students from the University of Calabria and Fairmont State University.
Many awards have been bestowed upon Mike and he is most proud of the National Nathan Hale Award for Patriotism and the F. Ray Power Award for Administration State Director Internationally.
Mike was able to accomplish many things in his life and he attributes much of his success to his lovely late wife, Julia, for her constant support and companionship. Together they are survived by three sons and spouses, Joseph and Paula Oliverio of Belmont, W.Va., Michael and Melissa Oliverio and Frank and Amy Oliverio; and one daughter, Mary Oliverio Brown, all of Morgantown; eight grandchildren, Alyssa Oliverio, Christina and Maria Brown, Michael and Maggie Oliverio and Julia, Josef and Beatrice Oliverio; siblings, John and Barbara Oliverio; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and spouse, he was preceded in death by one brother, Frank A. Oliverio; and sister, Mary Rose Oliverio.
Friends and family will be received at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church Peace Hall in Star City on Friday from 2-8 p.m. and Saturday from 9-11 a.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Star City. A Prayer Vigil will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday at St. Mary's Peace Hall. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, with the Rev. Fr. John V. DiBacco and the Rev. Fr. John Rice as co-celebrants. Entombment will follow at St. Mary's Peace Garden Mausoleum with military services.
Rotruck-Lobb Funeral Home-Mancinelli Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
A special thank you to the Hospice Care Corporation.
Memorial donations may be made in Michael's memory to the "Michael A. Oliverio Rehabilitation Counseling Student Development Fund," c/o WVU Foundation 2V874, WVU, P.O. Box 1650, Morgantown, WV 26507 or the St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church Building Fund in c/o Rev. Fr. John DiBacco, St. Mary's Parish, 3334 B University Ave., Star City, WV 26505.
Personal condolences may be offered to the family online at www.rotruck-lobb.com