Joseph Alberstadt, 86, an eager world traveler

Posted: August 20, 2013

Joseph Alberstadt, 86, a retired businessman who loved to travel the world, died Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Keystone House in Wyndmoor after a brief illness. His health had deteriorated after a recent fall.

Mr. Alberstadt was an auctioneer and owner of Lionel Office Equipment, and he also volunteered for Learning Ally, an organization that makes reading accessible for the blind and dyslexic.

Mr. Alberstadt's relatives say he was perhaps best known for his voracious appetite for traveling with his wife, Frances Klein Alberstadt, who died three years ago.

"He and his late wife really knew how to have fun and a good time," said Harold Wolpert, one of Mr. Alberstadt's nephews. "They traveled literally the world, mostly on cruises."

The couple had no children. Mr. Alberstadt is survived by his sister, Myra Wolpert; several nieces and nephews; and 12 grandnieces and grandnephews.

"Even though he didn't have children, he was very devoted to his family," Harold Wolpert said.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at Beth David Reform Congregation, 1130 Vaughan Lane, Gladwyne. After the service, shiva will be observed at the home of Myra and Henry Wolpert, 1001 City Ave., Apt. EE225, Wynnewood. A shiva minyan will be held there at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 20.

Donations may be made to Keystone Hospice, 8765 Stenton Ave., Wyndmoor, Pa. 19038, or to Learning Ally, 20 Roszel Rd., Princeton, N.J. 08540.

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