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Dr. Joseph Anthony "Joe" Gabis

March 16, 1945 - October 15, 2019

Joseph “Joe” Anthony Gabis of Wheeling, 74, died surrounded by family and friends after an unexpected illness. He was a beloved father, husband, brother, uncle, friend and physician. The second of 9 children and born in Steubenville and raised in Toronto, OH. 

A man of strong faith, he was a long time member of St. Michael’s Parish. A doting husband and father, Joe took pleasure in his family’s accomplishments. He also enjoyed moments of togetherness, and was known for his unmistakable laugh. He enjoyed playfully teasing those he loved in an endearing, light-hearted way. 

Joe loved sports, but especially had a passion for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Throughout his life, Joe faced a series of challenging health problems, including prostate cancer, but he never allowed it to change the adventurous and out-going person he was known to be. Undeterred by the challenges, Joe worked up until his last days, and still went to sporting events.

In his professional life, Joe was known for his uncompromising empathy, effectiveness and profound generosity. A friend to his fellow man, Joe was known for using his personal time and talents for the betterment of all those around him.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents, Agnes and Anthony Gabis, as well as his brothers, Matt and Mark. 

He is survived by his loving wife Barbara, 63, of Wheeling, daughter Mara, 36, of West Palm Beach, FL, son Damien, 32, of Pittsburgh and soon to be daughter-in-law, Rachel, 29, also of Pittsburgh.

Family and friends will be received Thursday, October 17, 2019, from 12 -8 pm with a Rosary devotions at 7:30 pm, at Altmeyer Funeral Homes, Elm Grove Chapel, 154 Kruger St. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, October 18, at 11 am, at St. Michael Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association by clicking here or to Catholic Charities by clicking here.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.altmeyerfuneralhomes.com.

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019

Time: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Altmeyer Funeral Home - Elm Grove Chapel

154 Kruger Street
Wheeling, WV 26003

Service Information

Date: Friday, October 18, 2019

Time: 11:00 am


St. Michael Catholic Church

Wheeling, WV 26003

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