Funeral Arrangements Set for Former Congressman Charlie Wilson

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Funeral arrangements have been set for former Valley Congressman Charlie Wilson.

Calling hours are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and April 21 at 8 p.m. at Bridgeport School Auditorium, 55707 Industrial Dr., Bridgeport, Ohio.

A vigil service will be held at the auditorium Sunday, April 21 at 4 p.m,

A visitation and Liturgy with Mass is scheduled for Monday, April 22 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 226 W. Main St., St. Clairsville, Ohio.

Congressman Charlie Wilson passed away Sunday at the age of 70 in a Florida hospital with his family by his side.

Wilson was re-admitted to the hospital Saturday night, and succumbed to complications associated with a stroke he suffered in late February.

The fatal hemorrhage followed a stroke suffered Feb. 21 while Wilson was vacationing in Florida. Wilson was in recovery at the Cornell Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine.

Wilson was an auto-worker, before being elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1996, where he served until 2004.  After two years in the Ohio Senate, he won a write-in campaign in 2006 to fill the 6th District congressional seat vacated by Gov. Ted Strickland.

Wilson leaves behind four sons and nine grandchildren.

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