John Sterling Gruber

October 18, 1933 - April 28, 2015

10/18/1933 - 04/28/2015

John Sterling Gruber, 81, of Wheeling, WV, passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2015 in Good Shepherd Nursing Home.
He was born on October 18, 1933 in Wheeling, a son of the late Roy and Ida Young Gruber.
John lived most of his life on Wheeling Island, was a 1951 graduate of Wheeling Central Catholic High School, a retired employee of C & P Telephone Co., a member of St. Michael Catholic Church and the former Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, Wheeling Central Catholic Boosters, and a veteran of the United States Air Force.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and George Gruber.
Surviving is his loving wife of 58 years, Betty Jean Petsch Gruber, whom John met and fell in love with while stationed at Randolph Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX; six children, Gail M. Bender Bill of Martins Ferry, OH; Dean T. Gruber of Tampa, FL; Sheila R.Stein Russ of Washington, PA; Craig M. Gruber Angele of Oldsmar, FL; Jill A. Canode of Florence, KY; Gina K. Gruber Ron of Myrtle Beach, SC; nine grandchildren, Kirk Monteleone, Shasta Schroeder Dustin, Michael and Jonathan Gruber, Shane and Reese Canode, Vega O’Brien, Grant and Jolie Gruber, two great-grandchildren, Italy and Anthony Schroeder, several nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 p.m. Friday, May 1, 2015 at St. Michael Catholic Church, Wheeling, with Rev. Thomas Gallagher as celebrant.
Interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Wheeling.
Memorial contributions can be made to Wheeling Central Catholic Boosters.
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Shawn & Angelee Anderegg
8 years ago

Aunt Betty,

Can’t thank You & Uncle Johnny for all the good times that you let me have in your back yard when I would be in town to visit. There great memories I will carry with Me for the rest of My life.

Johnny, Donnie, & Grandpa George are together again in heaven.

Betty Carry the wonderful memories that you have of both of you & your many adventures. Let them comfort You at a very sad time.

Mary Morgan Abercrombie
8 years ago

Craig, and Gruber Family, my sympathies to all. Your Dad was always a lot of fun! Lots of great memories! Mary MorganAbercrombie

Nannette Troyan
8 years ago

Gail & family:

Ken & I are truly sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Holly Boyle Glaspell
8 years ago

Gina and Family

I’m sorry for your loss, I have many fond memories growing up on the island during my grade school years and how nice your parents were. Take Care.

Linda Leonard Agostinelli
8 years ago

I hope that all the great memories you have will ease your pain at this difficult time. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all.

Steve and Mary Dolan
8 years ago

Jill and Gruber family,

We are sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

With deepest sympathy,

Steve and Mary Dolan

LaDona & Marc Weisenberger
8 years ago

Jill we’re sorry for your loss. We really liked your dad. He was a nice man.

Pam Edge Marty
8 years ago

Many great memories at the Gruber house growing up. So sorry for your loss.

Pete & Erin Cuffaro
8 years ago

Mrs. Gruber and Family:

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Gruber.

Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

Eternal Rest grant to him, O Lord, and let Perpetual Light shine upon him. May he rest in Peace. Amen.

With deepest sympathy,

Pete & Erin Cuffaro

8 years ago

My sincere and deepest condolences to the entire family of John. Denny Albaugh

Bert West,Shirley Mackey,Joan Gray
8 years ago


Ted & Becky bouyoucas
8 years ago

So very sorry about John. Such a wonderful man. He was always a pure joy to be with.

Please accept our sincere condolences.

Our love and prayers to your entire family.

Kelly Young
8 years ago

To all of the Gruber family you are in my prayers at this difficult time. I am sure the whole Young family shares my feeling that we have lost a great member of our family. He will be greatly missed by all.

Rosanne and Shannon McNickle
8 years ago

To the entire Gruber family,

Our deepest condolences for your loss; may he rest in peace. And may all the wonderful memories fill your hearts at this sad time.

Patsy and Lee Glessner
8 years ago

To the entire Gruber Family:

Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. Cherish the memories. May he rest in peace.

With deepest sympathy,

Lee and Patsy Glessner