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Meet the Team

James E. Altmeyer, Jr.

President

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President of Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory, graduated from Villanova University in Philadelphia, PA, in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. In 1989 he graduated from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science with an Associate's Degree in Mortuary Science. Jim and his wife, Jocelyn C. Altmeyer, have two sons, Simon Cameron and James Elijah and a daughter, Justine Virginia.

Jim says, "Being a part of the Altmeyer Funeral Home organization is a great experience. This is because of the excellent group of individuals who make up our team. These people strive to give the same service they would expect for their own family. This is why we believe our standard of service is so high."

James E. Altmeyer, Sr.

Chairman

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Chairman of Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory, resides in Wheeling, West Virginia. He is the son of the late John D. Altmeyer and Evelyn Keeley of Wheeling. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in Wheeling, and from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1961. After serving as a Major in the United States Army, Jim resigned in 1972 and returned to the Ohio Valley.

For over 20 years Jim served as President of Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory, serving families in Ohio, West Virginia, and Virginia. He is an active member of many civic organizations, including the board of directors of Wesbanco, Wheeling Hospital, and the American Legion Home Corporation. Other memberships include the VFW, Rotary Club, and the Serra Club. Jim currently serves on the Consol Energy Inc. Board of Directors, and as a civil service commissioner for the Wheeling Fire Department. He is a past president of both the Fraternal Order of Police Associates and the Oglebay Institute. From 1974 through 1976 Jim served as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates. He was also the first president of the West Virginia Veterans Memorial Commission.

Jim is married to the former Edith Stoney, and they have four children: James E. Altmeyer, Jr. of Virginia Beach, VA; Joanne Altmeyer High of Charlottesville, VA; Cameron Altmeyer Walsh of Washington, DC; and Charlotte Anne Altmeyer of New York, NY.

Karin Angius

Vice President

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Vice-President of Treasured Memories working with both funeral home owners and pre-arrangement counselors throughout the United States. A Pittsburgh business graduate, Karin began with the Altmeyer Family in 1991. She has been an integral part of the Funeral Pre-planning Division of Altmeyer Funeral Homes and was inducted into the highly prestigious Circle of Excellence in 1996 and 1998. She holds her insurance license in WV, OH, NJ, PA, MD, NE, DE, SD, and FL.

Jim Altmeyer says, "I'm very proud of Karin's accomplishments and am pleased to have her representing our funeral home. Karin is excellent in helping people make difficult decisions about their arrangements in advance. She works with families who have experienced the death of a loved one has given her an understanding of the real benefits of prearranging one's funeral."

Karin and her husband, John Angius, live in Wheeling and have two children, Katie Anne an Jesse Angelo.

Rick Clark

Vice President

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Rick and his wife Debbie have three grown children and two grandchildren and live in the Warwood section of Wheeling. A lifelong resident of Wheeling, Rick began his career in funeral service with the Altmeyer family in 1974. He graduated with honors from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1977 and is licensed as a funeral director in both West Virginia and Ohio. In addition to his duties as Vice President of Altmeyer Funeral Homes, Rick is also Vice President of Treasured Memories, a funeral home membership company serving independently owned funeral homes throughout the United States.

Memberships include:

  • Member of the Elm Grove United Methodist Church
  • Former member of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church
  • Served on Session at Bethlehem Presbyterian Church
  • Past president of the Kiwanis Club of Wheeling
  • Served on the Board of Directors of the Kiwanis Club of Wheeling
  • Member of the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Former member of the Ambassadors Club of the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Served for 10 years on the Board of Directors of the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Served on the Executive Committee of the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce as Vice Chairman of Membership Services
  • Member of the National Funeral Directors Association
  • Member of the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association
  • Past president of the Northern District of the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association
  • Served as President of the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association in 1992 and 1993

Frank Johnson

Regional Manager

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Frank Johnson is a 1983 graduate of Brooke High School and a graduate of DeVry Institute of Technology Columbus, OH. During his career in the hospitality industry, the sudden loss of his father brought him to the Altmeyer Family in 1996. Prior to his transfer to the wheeling area in 2005, he served families in the Northern Ohio valley with advanced funeral planning. He has attended several seminars on advanced funeral planning and was awarded the prestigious Pursuit of Excellence Award presented by forethought Life Insurance Co. in 2000. The former Beech Bottom native has two children, Kayla and Kyle.

Gary Bianco

Regional Manager

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Gary lives in Baltimore, MD, is a 1985 graduate of Gannon University, Erie, PA with a B.S in Business Management, and formerly worked 18 years for funeral service companies owned by Hillenbrand Industries. Gary’s professional training is in both at need and preneed consulting having been a Sales Consultant, Regional Director, and currently a Regional Manager. These positions have given Gary core competencies in the areas of developing strategic business and marketing plans, sales forecasting and tracking, financial analysis, consultative selling, regulatory compliance, staff training, development and compensation, and funeral home continuous improvement.

“I look forward to working with my customers to respectfully challenge them to continuously improve, grow their business, and increase profitability in light of the challenges facing our profession today and in the future.”

Erin Williamson

Regional Manager

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Erin is a native of Portsmouth, Virginia, and has been in funeral service since 1991. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Virginia and Maryland. Throughout his career, he has worked in almost every component of funeral service, including at-need, pre-need, management and now as an account executive working with member funeral homes. Erin worked with Altmeyer Funeral Homes from 1997 to 2005. After relocating to Maryland, Erin had the unique opportunity to return to the Altmeyer organization to represent the Treasured Memories Program.

“Working with our customers to partner them with the best suppliers in funeral service and help them create solutions has been a unique opportunity. It’s exciting to be part of a growing company and I am passionate about providing excellent service,” Williamson says.

Erin resides in Upperco, MD with his wife, Jessica and children, Jack and Catherine. In his spare time, he enjoys his children’s sports and spending time with his family. Erin is a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Glyndon, Maryland, where his children attend school.

Thomas DeCantis

Regional Manager

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Tom DeCantis, a native of Virginia and a resident of Locust Grove, has been in funeral service since 1985. He is an honors graduate of San Francisco College of Mortuary Science in California. During college, he began his career at a local funeral home in Berkeley. After graduation, Tom returned to Virginia where he served his apprenticeship, and then received his license to practice Funeral Service in 1988. After this, many of his skills were developed at a firm in the northern Shenandoah Valley.In the late ‘90s, Tom relocated to Virginia Beach, where he was given the privilege of joining Altmeyer Funeral Homes, as the manager of the Virginia Beach location. After serving in Virginia Beach, Tom returned to Fredericksburg, VA for several years, but in 2011 returned to Altmeyer Funeral Homes and recently Treasured Memories. Tom supports many community and church organizations. He is a lifetime member of Unity 146 A.F. and A.M. in Front Royal, VA. . “It is our sincere desire to provide caring and compassionate assistance to each family we serve. Altmeyer Funeral Homes and Crematory has maintained a stellar reputation since 1917, and we will continue to provide this distinguished service for generations to come.”

Terri Galbraith

Business Intelligence Analyst

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Terri Galbraith has been with the Altmeyer Corporation since 2002 assisting with many different job duties throughout the company.

Terri is a graduate of Wheeling Park High School and attended West Virginia Northern Community College.

Terri is a lifelong resident of the Ohio Valley and resides in Wheeling with her daughters Erika and Kelsie and grandson, Brayden.

Terri Goodwin

Office Manager

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Terri is the Administrative Assistant for Treasured Memories, as well as, the Pre-Arrangement department. She graduated from Wheeling Park High School and received an Associate Degree from West Virginia Northern Community College.

Terri is a long-standing member of Deborah Temple #125 Elks Club, NAACP, and Bethlehem Apostolic Temple Church and the Civitan. She is a lifelong resident of Wheeling, residing in the North Park area with her husband, Larry (TR) and son Larry, Jr.

Jamie Fahey

IT Project Manager

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Jamie joined Treasured Memories in 2015 and has served as the IT Project Manager for the entire Altmeyer organization since 2013. He first studied web design and internet technologies at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh before earning his associate degree in computer information technology with a concentration in programming and database design at West Virginia Northern Community College.

Jamie lives in Wheeling with his wife, Stephanie. They have two daughters, Rylie Amelia and Dylan Avery. He is a member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish and is active in the Wheeling Area Hockey Association both as a player and as a coach and mentor to the association’s youth players.