John Bierkortte

BIERKORTTE, John Ralph, 87, of Wheeling, WV, died Thursday, July 11, 2013, at home.

He was born October 3, 1925, in Wheeling, the son of the late Henry and Eve Weitzel Bierkortte.

He was a retired carpenter with A. Kutsch & Sons, and a member of the Carpenters Union Local #3. He was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church, and the Warwood Vets Club. He was a WWII Army-Air Corps veteran.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Henry, Herbert, and Robert Bierkortte; sisters, Evelyn Hohnsee and Lois Bierkortte.

Surviving are his wife, Henrietta Mehlman Bierkortte; son, Burke Bierkortte; daughters, Pamela Barbaley (John) of Wheeling, and Elizabeth Folkerts (Gerriet) of Fredricksburg, VA; sisters, Gladys Hersey of Wheeling, and Clara DiClemente of Martins Ferry; brothers, George Bierkortte (Martha) of Fountain Valley, CA, and Russell Bierkortte of Martins Ferry; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received Saturday, July 13, 2013, from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Kepner Funeral Home, Burke Chapel, 2101 Warwood Avenue, Wheeling, WV 26003 (304- 277-2722) followed by Mass of Christian Burial at noon at Corpus Christi Catholic Church with Msgr. Thomas Petronek as celebrant.

Interment at Greenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, North Central WV Chapter, P.O. Box 4543, Morgantown, WV 26504-4543.

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