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Raymond A. Lysowski, age 94, passed away Wednesday, September 11, 2013. He was born June 5, 1919 in Oil City, Pa., the son of the late John and Mary Krzys Lysowski. Ray was a graduate of Meadville High School and received a degree in mathematics from Allegheny College. A talented athlete, Ray lettered in football in both high school and college.
In 1960 he moved with his family from Meadville to Erie. In 1983 he retired from Erie's General Electric where he had worked as an industrial engineer.
he served with the Army
Air Corp and belonged to a crew that flew in 50 combat bomber missions. At discharge, he received the Air Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters and the European African Middle Eastern service medal with 4 Bronze Stars
. Ray was very patriotic and proud to be an American, and his family noted the significance in regards to his date of death, 9/11.
Ray was an avid golfer and tennis player. He was a Silver Life Master in contract bridge, having belonged to the Erie Bridge Center.
On November 3, 1951, he married the love of his life, his beloved wife, Grace Galle Lysowski. They were married for 62 years until Grace's death 18 days ago on August 24, 2013.
Besides his wife, Grace, Ray was preceded in death by four sisters, Helen Zern, Frances Smith, Victoria Waid and Kay Olosky; along with two brothers, Anthony and Joseph Lysowski.
Ray is survived by his children, Raylene Dill and her husband, Paul of Erie, Joni Sansone and her husband, Tom of Erie, and John Lysowski and his wife, Teresa of Cranberry Twp., Pa. He was the very proud grandfather of Dominic Sansone of Erie, Maria Sansone Guthartz and her husband, Josh of Santa Monica, Calif., John "Jak", Nicholas, and Megan Lysowski, all of Cranberry Twp. Ray is the brother of Virginia Zimmerman of Austin, Texas and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends for one hour at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 1116 West 7th St. on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at which time a Funeral Mass will be celebrated. Burial will follow with a committal service being held in the chapel of St. Brigid Cemetery, Meadville at 2:15 p.m.
Flowers are graciously declined. Memorials may be made to St. Andrew Catholic Church, 1116 W. 7th St., Erie, PA 16502. Arrangements by the John J. Quinn Funeral Home, West 9th & Liberty St.
Published in the Erie Times-News on Sept. 13, 2013