Josef Weirathmueller, age 87, passed away on Monday, February 25th, at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
Josef, most often known as Joe or Sepp, was born on April 5th, 1931 in the village of Tiefenbach, Austria to the late Hans and Maria (Wagneder). He was raised on a farm in the picturesque countryside of Upper Austria, the youngest of eight siblings.
He studied sawmill technology in Salzburg, an experience that launched him into a lifelong career in forest industries. A combination of mechanical skill, creativity, and a strong work ethic propelled him through a series of positions throughout Europe and later in North America and around the world. In 1983, after years of building a network of contacts and an intimate understanding of the global forest products industry, Joe established a sawmill equipment manufacturing company in Nackawic, New Brunswick.
On December 18, 1980, he married Jocelyn dos Remedios, whom he’d met while working in The Philippines. Together they raised three daughters, Michelle, Stephanie, and Andrea, and one son, Jakob. Joe placed a lot of importance in the value of family, and in his faith in the Roman Catholic Church. He attended mass regularly throughout his life and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He will be fondly remembered by many for his outgoing nature, his animated storytelling, and his propensity for yodeling unexpectedly to the delight of others (and the embarrassment of his children). He loved to laugh and joke and also enjoyed heartfelt conversations with loved-ones and strangers alike.
In addition to his parents, Joe was predeceased by his brothers, Hans, Friedrich, Leopold and sisters, Stefanie, Teresia, Marianne, Mathilde. He is survived by his wife, Jocelyn, his four children, Michelle (John), Stephanie (Ian), Andrea (Christian), and Jakob, his three grandchildren, Frances, Leo, and Alma, his nephew, Friedrich, as well as a large extended family.
Visitation will be held at McAdam’s Funeral Home, 160 York Street, Fredericton on Thursday, February 28th from 7-9pm and Friday, March 1st from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Dunstan’s Catholic Church, 120 Regent Street, Fredericton on Saturday, March 2nd at 2pm. Interment will be in the spring at the Hermitage Catholic Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Society NB.