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Joseph D. Ehrich, Jr. - 80

Schererville, Indiana

Joseph D. Ehrich, Jr. Age 80. Schererville, Indiana resident, formerly of Chicago Heights. Graduate of Bloom High School Class of 1962. United States Navy Reserve Veteran from 1963 - 1965. Worked for Abitibi Corp in Chicago and Northern Fabricators in Alpena, Michigan as a Foreman. Former Elder at St Paul Lutheran Church in Chicago Heights and Sunday School Teacher at Zion Lutheran Church in Matteson. Husband for 54 years of Virginia nee Thompson. Father of Jennifer (Marshall) Villarreal and Monica (Brian) Steele Sr. Grandfather of Ava Villarreal, Brian (Sara) Steele Jr, Brandon Steele and Brieanna (Nick) Oosting. Great grandfather of Willow Marie Steele and Rayna Geraldine Oosting. Son of the late Marian nee Matson and Joseph D. Ehrich Sr. Brother of the late Haldon (Sima) Ehrich. Brother in-law of Martha Sauer, Wendall (late Dorothy) Thompson, Lila (Steve) White and the late Allan Thompson. Uncle to many nieces and nephews. Friend of many. Lying in state at St Paul Lutheran Church, 330 West Highland (10th Street and Ashland Ave), Chicago Heights on Wednesday January 31, 2024 from 10:00 am until time of Funeral Services 12:00 Noon. Burial St Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Flossmoor. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Joe’s name to St Paul Lutheran Church, 330 W Highland Avenue, Chicago Heights, IL, 60411 or would be appreciated by the Ehrich family.  Info Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, Chicago Heights 708-481-9230 and


  • Dawn Leardi

    4 weeks ago

    Our family spent many wonderful occasions with "Virginia and Joe" and the girls in Chicago Heights over the years.  We are saddened to hear of his sudden Call to Glory but know that he is rejoicing in Heaven with the saints.  We continue to keep Virginia and the family in our prayers.

  • Renee Kries

    3 weeks, 1 day ago

    I am saddened to hear of Mr. Ehrich's passing. As a childhood friend of his daughter, Jen, he always treated me with grace, kindness, and always made me feel welcome in their home. One one occasion in my 20's, he gave me some life words of wisdom. Even today, over 20 years later, I still take his words of advice to heart. 

    My heart and prayers go out to Virginia, Jen, Monica and the rest of the family during this difficult time. Rest in Peace, Mr. Ehrich. You will be dearly missed.

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