Funeral Arrangements Set for Former Congressman Charlie Wilson

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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