April 6, 1927 – Nov. 18, 2013

Dr. Joseph A. Wechter, who had a medical practice in Lancaster for more than 40 years, died Monday in Greenfield Health and Rehabilitation Center, in Lancaster, following a long illness. He was 86.

A Buffalo native, Dr. Wechter graduated from Canisius High School and Canisius College.

He graduated summa cum laude from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1947.

Dr. Wechter interned at Sisters Hospital and completed four years of residency E.J. Meyer Memorial Hospital, now Erie County Medical Center.

He served in the Navy in 1943, stationed at the Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

Dr. Wechter ran his own practice in Lancaster from 1951 to 1993. He also served as physician for D&L Railroad and Scott Aviation.

Dr. Wechter served on many committees at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Cheektowaga. He was a member of the Erie County Medical Society, New York State Medical Society and the American Medical Society.

He was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, where he was a lector and Eucharistic minister.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, the former Elizabeth McTigue; a son, Joseph; four daughters, Kathleen Jacobster, Dr. Carolyn Ribes, Bonnie Jean Fadel and Christine Neidecker; and three sisters, Ruth Buell, Mary Buell and Elizabeth Oakley.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 1 St. Marys Hill, Lancaster.