Dr. Joseph Gabis

Dr. Joseph “Joe” Anthony Gabis, MD, of Wheeling, 74, died surrounded by family and friends after an unexpected illness on October 15, 2019.

He was a beloved father, husband, brother, uncle, friend and physician. The second of nine 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 still went to sporting events and worked up until his last days.

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 was a graduate of the College of Steubenville, now Franciscan University of Steubenville, and the Universidad de Autonoma de Guadalajara for his Doctor of Medicine degree. He completed residency and cardiology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic and has practiced in eastern Ohio since graduating from fellowship. He was an active medical staff member at East Ohio Regional Hospital and mourned its closing. He was the medical director for cardiac testing there and also was medical director for the local chapter of the American Heart Association.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents, Agnes and Anthony Gabis; as well as his brothers, Matt and Mark; and his mother and father-in-law, Mary Lou and Jack Adams.

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.

Also surviving are siblings, Damien (Rita) Gabis, Valparaiso, IN, Mary Lou (Robert) Deku, Toronto, OH, Jerome (Carol) Gabis, Cincinnati, OH, Margie (Paul) Parker, Colorado Springs, CO, Paul (Linda) Gabis, Cold Spring, KY, John (Janine) Gabis, Chillicothe, OH; sisters-in-law, Terrie Gabis and Cathy Gabis. Also surviving are his sister-in-law, Peggy (Bob) Stefko, Poland, OH; and brother-in-law, John “JR” (Pam) Adams, Houston, TX. He leaves behind a host of nieces and nephews, who he loved spending time with and learning what was new in their lives. He also leaves many dear friends who loved him greatly.

His work family at his medical office and those of East Ohio Regional Hospital also mourn his loss.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, or to Catholic Charities in C/O tmcfunding.com.

1 John 3:16-18

The way we came to know love was that he laid down his life for us; so we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If someone who has worldly means sees a brother in need and refuses him compassion, how can the love of God remain in him? Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.