Dr. Joseph L. Williams passed away on March 29, 2016 at the age of 86. He was born on December 20, 1929 in Batavia, NY, the son of William H. Williams, Sr. and Katherine Ellen Grimes Williams, who predeceased him in 1981 and 1980 respectively. He graduated from Batavia High School in 1947 and then from the University of Rochester undergraduate school in 1952 and then from the University School of Medicine in 1956. He then interned at the Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, NY and then spent two years in the United States Air Force in San Antonio, TX, attaining the rank of Captain and Flight Surgeon. He then spent 1 1/2 years at the Miners Hospital in South Williamson, KY, after which he settled in the Ohio Valley, spending exactly 50 years in group practice at the Bellaire Clinic and private practice as a Family Physician. He was a long time member of the Belmont County Medical Society, the American Medical Association, and the Society of Family Physicians. He retired in 2011.
Dr. Williams married Lauretta Schulze in 1956 and they felt blessed to have enjoyed an idyllic life together for nearly 60 years, with many memorable trips and cruises around the world, one of the most memorable being a three week family trip in a station wagon with six children across the United States and back. Joe and Lauretta were the proud parents of six children: Mark (Mary Sue) Williams, Julie (Reynaldo) Mena, Deborah (Paul) Kuhn, Margaret (Ron) Baker, Peter Williams, and Christopher Williams (deceased). Joe was one of six children: Bill Williams (deceased), Bob (Kay) Williams, Donald (deceased), Jerry Williams, and Shirley Card. He also had sixteen grandchildren: Jennifer, Sarah, Jade, Trey, Joe, Katie, Kelly, Corey, Kristina (deceased), Caroline, Cameron, Cassidy, Alexandria, Christopher, Elaina, Cheyenne, and Jasper; He also had three great grandchildren: Piper, Calvin, and Kristin. Joe had a lifelong love of the game of tennis which began at the age of 10 with his younger brother Jerry. He also engaged in golf, sandlot baseball, football, bowling, handball and squash over the years. Bridge, scrabble, cribbage, and backgammon were also a big part of his life. He attended Our Lady of Peace church for many years. He will be remembered as having a “corny” sense of humor, tending to be a “Devil’s Advocate” and always being “well-intentioned.”
In accordance with Joe’s wishes, there will be a visitation on Friday, April 1, 2016 from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Elm Grove Chapel, 154 Kruger Street, Elm Grove with Joe’s Eulogy being held at 8pm. Visitation will also be held again from 10-11am at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Sherrard. Mass of Christian burial will take place at Our Lady of Peace at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 2, with Rev. Dennis Schuelkens serving as Celebrant. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling. A luncheon will be held at the Parish Hall following the service. Friends may say their goodbyes at the church during the hour before the service. Memorials may be made to the Catholic Neighborhood Center or the Soup Kitchen in Wheeling c/o TMCFunding.com.