John Rankin Weiskircher

February 12, 1943 - May 13, 2008

02/12/1943 - 05/13/2008

Past Services

Saturday May 17, 2008
Mt. Calvary Cemetery Wheeling
National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
Saturday May 17, 2008
9:00 am - 10:00 am
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
2244 Marshall Ave.
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-242-0330 | Directions
Saturday May 17, 2008
10:00 am
St. Vincent dePaul Church
2244 Marshall Ave.
Wheeling, WV 26003

WEISKIRCHER, John Rankin, 65 of Martins Ferry, Ohio, died Tuesday, May 13, 2008 in Bishop Hodges Continuous Care Center, Wheeling.

John was born February 12, 1943 in Wheeling, a son of the late George Joseph and Mary Elizabeth “Myra” Shutler Weiskircher.

John attended St. Vincent de Paul Grade School; graduated from Wheeling Central Catholic High School; and received his Bachelor’s degree from Wheeling College, and Masters degree from the West Virginia University. He was employed at St. Vincent de Paul School, teaching Jr. High School Math and West Virginia History, before retiring in June of 2007 with 41 years of service. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Wheeling and St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Martins Ferry.

John was one of the original founders of the Ohio County Math Day in 1975. He was in charge of the Golden Horseshoe test, Math Counts and the Geography Bee at St. Vincents, which had nationally recognized winners. In addition, he received an honorary award from the State of West Virginia for having the most winners in the Golden Horseshoe, – 31. In March of 2007, John was awarded the Bishop’s Cross in Morgantown, W.Va., for his years of dedication and excellence in teaching.

John is survived by his sister, Mary M. Oberdick of Bridgeport, Ohio; a brother, George H. Sally Weiskircher of Meridian, Idaho; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In accordance with his wishes, John will be cremated. The family will receive friends at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, from 9am until time of Mass of Christian Burial at 10am, Saturday, May 17, 2008, with the Rev. James Lacrosse as celebrant. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent de Paul School, 127 Key Avenue, Wheeling, WV 26003.

Arrangements are by Altmeyer Funeral Home, Elm Grove Chapel, 154 Kruger Street, Wheeling. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

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Chris Giza
8 years ago

Although he is no longer physically with us, just a quick glance at the guestbook reveals that Mr. Weiskircher’s legacy persists in the many of us whose lives he touched so formatively at St. Vincents. I remember the pennants, calculating the batting averages knowing little about baseball, I asked him for advice and he wisely suggested that I follow Johnny Bench!, the WV history and the spelling bees where he paid the winners out of his own pocket. I remember how he had us devise and perform our own commercials before the class our group did Big Red chewing gum and Bounty Towels. As a true Steeler fan, he was sure to be happy when they finally brought home the 5th Super Bowl ring “One for the Thumb!”. As teachers go, Mr. Weiskircher was a Super Bowl champ many times over – thumbs up to you, Mr. W!

Barbara Britton
8 years ago

Dear Mary, I am praying for you and your family. With school age children, I realize the importance of teachers such as John. What amazing accomplishments in his years of teaching. I love you.

John R. Miller
8 years ago

George and Family,

Please accept my sincerest condolences on the death of John –I remember him so well.

I can’t come to the funeral home or attend the Mass because of my own cancer which is terminal.

Blessings to you and Sally and Family.

May the soul of John rest in the loving arms of our Savior and His Mother.

Blessings, Special Love and Prayers,


Jamie Stahl Bowsher
8 years ago

I was one of the many fortunate students to have had Mr. Weiskircher as a teacher I graduated from SVS in 1976. I still fondly recall the team pennants on his classroom wall, which he would change to reflect league standings, and all the photos he posted of students on his bulletin board! Teachers as decicated as he are hard to find! He taught me to love history, and helped to inspire me to become a teacher. I am sure that he is in heaven discussing WV history with the angels! My condolences to his family.

Joseph Jody Pagendarm
8 years ago

I will always remember Mr. W for his creative teaching skills and his dedication to helping all his students become the very best they could possibly be. His legacy is each one of us, his former students, so he clearly made a significant and lasting impact on this world in which we all live. He will certainly be missed, but never forgotten and he earned his place with God in Heaven above. All our prayers,

The Pagendarm Family

sharon mccausland
8 years ago

mary and family,

I am so sorry to hear of johns passing ,he will be greatly

missed by all, my prayers are with you and George and your family.

John will always be in my memory with your mom and dad.

Sharon mccausland


Mark Kettler
8 years ago

Mr. Weiskircher touched my life and so many others with his caring attitude. I will alway remember when he took me and 2 others from our class to the Pirate Game when I was in 5th grade what a wonderful time we had. He will be surely missed.

Krista Kent
8 years ago

Mr. Weiskircher was my 7th and 8th grade teacher. I am now a college sophomore. I am very sorry for your loss. I’ll never forget my 2 years of schooling that he taught me. He cared so deeply about my education and I now thank him very much for all his time and concern.

Michael Rust
8 years ago

Mr. Weiskircher was one of those rare individuals that has always stood out to me as one who went beyond the call of duty. As a teacher, he instilled in me a desire to be passionate in my learning whether it was WV History, baseball or just the desire to spell words properly! I recall each of them with fond rememberances of Mr. Weiskircher.

May he rest in peace with his fellow SVS teacher Mr. Richard Grob. They made quite a combo as middle school teachers! Thank you and you are all in our prayers.

Michael Rust

SVS Class of 1974

Sarah Melko
8 years ago

My deepest sympathies and condolences to the family of Mr. Weiskircher. He will always be remembered as one of the greatest teachers ever to touch my life. He was extremely intelligent but most of all he was dedicated and cared deeply for all of his students. He was a true example of what all aspiring as well as present teachers should strive to be. He will be greatly missed by myself as well as my former classmates at St. Vincent’s.

Candy Wilson
8 years ago

Our DEEPEST love and sympathies. Surely Jesus will be at our service and a comfort to all. May you be painfree at last John. Love and prayers, Ron, Candy, Rhonda and Ronnie

Joe and Linda Melko
8 years ago

Please accept our deepest sympathy, and know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Mr. Weiskircher truly was a wonderful teacher, and person, and always had our respect and admiration. He certainly will be missed.

Jim and Edi Altmeyer
8 years ago

Please accept our deepest sympathy. John taught our 4 children and we have always been very appreciative of his dedication. May God reward him for all his good works.Jim & Edi Altmeyer

Kim Grewe
8 years ago

To all of Mr. Weiskircher’s family:

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Weiskircher’s passing. He was one of the most challenging and best teachers I have ever had. I will never forget learning about statistics by keeping track of the batting average of a MLB player, the peanut butter taste test we did when Terry Bradshaw came out with his own brand of peanut butter, studying after school for the Golden Horseshoe contest alas, I was not one of the 31 winners and preparing for math day. We also kept a class log of memorable events. Most of my fondest school memories ever are of his class. His tests were the hardest ones I ever took and a great source of pride when we did well. We all just loved Mr. Weiskircher. I am so sorry he is no longer in this world. I hope you all can be comforted to know just what a powerful and positive impact he has had on so many young lives.

Most sincerely,

Kim Grewe

SVS class of 1979

8 years ago