Family, friends mourning death of state school superintendent’s wife

By Jeff Jenkins in News
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The wife of West Virginia School Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano died Tuesday morning.

State Department of Education Communications Director Kristin Anderson confirmed the death Tuesday afternoon.

“We are asking everyone to respect Dr. Martirano’s privacy and keep him and his family in their thoughts during this extremely difficult time,” Anderson said.

Martirano posted on Twitter Tuesday night: “My beautiful wife Silvana P. Martirano. 8/18/61 – 5/30/16. I loved her so much. Please pray for my family.”

Dr. Martirano began as the state’s school superintendent in September 2014 following a long public education career in the state of Maryland.