RAMSBERGER, Gerald Penrose Jan. 14, 1925 - May 6, 2013. Prior to his demise, Mr. Ramsberger wrote his own obituary. He claimed that he had tasted most everything that a good life had to offer, highlighted by a fifty three year marriage to his childhood sweetheart, Dorothea Schellhorn, who predeceased him in Feb. 2000. Mr. Ramsberger was born and raised in Piscataway, NJ. As many of his generation did, he entered the military on his 18th birthday. During WWII, he served in the European Theater, with a combat engineer battalion attached to General Patton's 3rd Army. He participated in the invasion and all five of the major battles that followed. Following the war he received two degrees at the University of Notre Dame, which he attended on a football scholarship. After conducting classes, and coaching, in St Joseph Michigan for three years and then attending graduate school, he and his family, moved to St. Petersburg in 1954. Here he conducted classes and coached at Northeast and Boca Ciega High Schools, and then spent thirty years on the faculty of St. Petersburg Junior College, conducting political science classes. After retiring in 1998, he worked with the Tampa Bay Rays as their press box attendant at Tropicana Field. Mr. Ramsberger is survived by his six loving children, daughters Kerry Ramsberger, Katie Ramsberger, and Becca Poltorak all of St Petersburg; and sons Peter and Timothy of Treasure Island, and Thomas of St Petersburg. He is also survived by nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, numerous others, all of whom he loved very much. He was voted Father of The Year from 1948 to 2013. In his own words he had a "Wonderfully satisfying and most fulfilling life." In lieu of flowers, friends and relatives are asked to make modest contributions to the organizations, or charities that they feel to be most deserving or to the Gerry Ramsberger Memorial Fund in care of CPA Financial Services, 475 Central Avenue # 403, St. Petersburg, 33701 A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, May 18, at 10 am at the Boca Ciega High School Auditorium. Online memorial and guestbook at www.brettfuneralhome.net
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times from May 10 to May 12, 2013