Joseph D. Erbacher, Jr.

January 8, 1935 - July 22, 2009

01/08/1935 - 07/22/2009

Past Services

Friday July 24, 2009
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Wheeling Chapel
1400 Eoff St.
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-232-0330 | Directions
Saturday July 25, 2009
Mt. Calvary Cemetery Wheeling
National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
Saturday July 25, 2009
9:30 am
St. Alphonsus Catholic Church
2111 Market Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
304 232-4353 | Directions

Joseph D. Erbacher, Jr. 74, of Wheeling, WV passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, July 22, 2009, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Wheeling, on January 8, 1935, the oldest child of the late Joseph and Alma Schafer Erbacher, Sr.
Joe was a 1952 graduate of Wheeling Central Catholic High School, and a life time member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church. His lifetime work was in produce, starting as a young man in Centre Market with Jebbia Brothers and later with Megna Brothers until their closing in 1989. He retired from Jebbia’s Produce Market in 2005. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Columbia Council # 2593 and a Grand Knight. His hobbies included bowling, puzzles of all types, spending time with his family and helping all who needed him.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Patrick Erbacher and his sister Sandy Theiss.
Joe is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Dorothy E. Roth Erbacher, his children; Joseph Becky Erbacher, III, and Deborah Bob Gessler of Wheeling, Linda Dave Wodesky of Colerain, OH, and Kimberly Jimmy Rykowski of Cadiz, OH; his brothers, Larry Betsy Erbacher of Cadiz, OH, Mike Pearl Welty and brother-in-law Fred Theiss, Sr., both of Wheeling; his sisters, Rose Robert Henry of Wheeling, Rita Jerome Affeldt of Tacoma, WA, Judy Ted Glatz of Wheeling, Libby Don Reed of McMechen, Nancy Geoghan of Bellaire, OH, Sue McLaughlin of Wheeling and sister-in-law Barbara Erbacher of Cadiz; Grandchildren, Chris Diane Erbacher, Craig fiancée Cori Breeden Erbacher, Emily Albert Russell, Bill Debbie Gooch, Marci Bob Gaylor, Frank Gessler, Meghan fiancé Jeremy Johns Wodesky, Michelle Wodesky, Eric Wodesky, Tina Marie Rykowski; Great Grandchildren, Craig “C.J.” Erbacher, Jr., Becca Breeden, Billy Gooch, Anna Gaylor and numerous nieces and nephews, and his lifetime friends from St. Alphonsus Grade School Class of 1948.
Friends will be received at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff Street, Wheeling, WV. on Friday from 2 – 8 pm. Knights of Columbus will stand Honor Guard.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, July 25, 2009 at 9:30 am at St. Alphonsus Church with the Rev. Fr. Charles McGinnis, celebrant.
Entombment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, Wheeling.
Memorial contributions may be made in Joe’s memory to Valley Hospice, 10686 State Route 150, Rayland, OH 43943.
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Frank, Missy, & Avery Sadlowski
7 years ago

Chris & Diane-

We are sorry for your loss of your grandfather. We are thinking of you.

Kim Rykowski
7 years ago


Iam home now sitting here at the desk looking at your picture, the one of you and Mom at Thanksgiving at our house. I can’t believe how fast time goes by.Your still the King of Dad’s. I miss you and will always love you.

Your Little Princess Kim

7 years ago


Lynn and Mac
7 years ago

Dearest Dorothy Ellen and Family,

Our hearts are aching with yours and we are holding you so very close. Joe was such a good, good man! He was an exceptional Husband and proud Father, Grandfather, and Great-Grandfather. We are so blessed that not only did we have our Joe as a relative, but also as a precious and loving friend. He will be forever loved and missed. We love you all so very much and our prayers continue with each of you,

Lynn and Mac

“Love never dies – it endures forever”

KarenSue Fordyce
7 years ago

Dorthy Ellen and kids, was shocked to hear of Joe’s passing. Did not know he was ill. May Our Lord comfort you now and as the days go on. Love,

Karen Sue and Gary

Judy Erbacher Glatz
7 years ago

I Love My Brother Joe, with all of

my heart. I will miss him so much.

May he rest in peace.

Keith & Jessica Bell
7 years ago

Jess and I are sorry for your loss. The patriarch of the Erbacher family will be GREATLY missed. Our prayers are with you at this time. We love you Aunt Dorothy

Denise Winkler Gates
7 years ago

Libby,Susie,and Rose-

What a beautiful video tribute to your special family member. I always enjoyed working with Joe at Megna’s and admired his love of his family and school friends. May all those beautiful memories surround you in the coming days.

God bless

Jerry & Janet Nixon
7 years ago

Linda, Dave and family

Judy and Ted,

You all are in our thoughts and prayers, I know the sadness that comes with the parting of your Father and your Brother. God will comfort you.


Janet & Jerry

Cheryl McCombs
7 years ago

Mom, Shirley Fordyce Krupica is at Medical Park, but she wants to send her condolences to the family & will send a card soon.


Cheryl Krupica McCombs

Linda Wodesky
7 years ago

my heart is shattered..I’m not sure how to go on without you in my life.Daddy you have given me the greatest memories to hold dear to my heart,I only hope i was the daughter you always wanted me to be,because you where all I expected in a father and more.I’ll miss you RIP until we meet again.Love Linda

The Megna Family
7 years ago

We are so sorry to hear about Joe’s passing. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.


Colleen, Paul, Hannah, Emily & Patsy

George and Lana Strauss
7 years ago

We send our condolences to Larry and Betty and all the Erbacher family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today.