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Raymond Charles, age 88, of River Edge on October 19, 2013. Devoted and loving husband of Audrey (Buesser) for 64 wonderful years. Cherished father of Janet-Lynn of River Edge, Raymond II and wife Eileen of Ramsey and Robert C. and wife Lisa of River Vale. Proud "Grandpa" to Matthew Brandt, Brittany Audrey, Raymond III, James Connor, Christopher Michael of Bergen County and Katherine Rose of Florida.
Raymond is the of son of the late Gustav and Frances Schlaier; dear brother to Grace and husband Richard Fitzgerald and Gustav Schlaier, now deceased; dear brother-in-law to Pauline and deceased husband John Kelly of Newington, CT, Marilyn and deceased husband Frank Centrella of Oradell, NJ and Louis and Dorothy Buesser of Lakeland, NJ.
Ray was a proud veteran of WW II. Upon graduating from St. Michael's High School in Union City, he entered the Army and served Gen. Patton's Fifth Army, fighting in France and Germany. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star. Mr. Schlaier was Owner and President of Gus Schlaier Iron Works, New York and J.G. Schmidt, New Jersey, now in its fourth generation.
Mr. Schlaier was a faithful parishioner of St. Peter the Apostle R.C. Church in River Edge. He was also a member of American Legion Post 226 of River Edge. A founding member of Knights of Columbus in River Edge, he was instrumental in the re-building of its present location, and was a member of the Fourth Degree.
A devoted family man, Ray enjoyed golf, friendships and spending time at his Florida home in Timber Pines, Spring Hill, Florida where he gave his family a lifetime of memories. Ray was known as the quintessential "gentleman".
Family will receive friends on Tuesday, 4-8 PM at the Beaugard Funeral Home, 869 Kinderkamack Road, River Edge. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday at 10:30 AM at St. Peter the Apostle Church. Internment will be at Garden of Memories Mausoleum in Washington Township, NJ.
Published in The Record/Herald News from Oct. 21 to Oct. 22, 2013