Joseph (Josef) Louis Oppecker Sr passed away on Thurs, Sept 28, 2017 surrounded by loved ones. He was 90 years old and a veteran of World War II living in the Veterans Memorial Home in Vineland, NJ.
Joseph Sr was born in Camden on March 17, 1927 to Franz Berthold Oppecker Sr and Louise Oppecker.
He is predeceased by his older brother Frank B Oppecker Jr, his first wife Letitia Oppecker and his second wife Therese (Drummond) Oppecker.
He is survived by his younger sister Evelyn Madalyn Weeast, and by his children with Letitia, and their spouses: Thomas (Nancy Zola), Louise Greenberg (Mark), Robert (Janet Spring), Joseph Jr (Delores Cody-Oppecker), Vincent (Danielle Bizzarro), and James (Wanda Chudzinski); by his grandchildren, Daniel, Jacob, Alysha, Michael, Gabriel, Jason, Theodor, Gus; and his great grandchild Nathan Zola.
Joseph Sr was an accomplished musician and visual artist as well as a committed and loving father.
He learned to play the violin from his father and other well known violinists, including Domenico Bove, becoming an accomplished violinist who played for many years in the summer months with the Ocean City Orchestra in South Jersey as well as occasionally for the Vineland Symphony Orchestra, the Miss America Pageant and Ice Capades.
Joseph Sr was a graduate of The Philadelphia Museum School of Art (now The University of the Arts) where he earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts and a Masters in Art Education. He went on to become a beloved high school art teacher at the Atlantic City High School where he taught for 24 years.
As a commercial artist, Joseph Sr worked with well known set designer Cleon Throckmorton in Atlantic City and designed the logo for the local radio station WMID.
He was also a prolific fine artist who created a multitude of playful and inspired paintings and sculptures throughout his long life.
Relatives and Friends are invited to attend his viewing and visitation Wednesday 10-11AM at the funeral home with a service at 11AM. Burial will follow at Harleigh Cemetery Camden, NJ