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"I am the Resurrection and the Life:
He who believes in Me, even if he dies shall live;
And whoever lives and believes in Me,
shall never die."
Raymond Wieszczyk, Sr., age 85, of Erie, passed away Sunday, September 8, 2013 at the Gallagher Center at St. Mary's Home of Erie. Born in Erie December 18, 1927 in Erie he was the son of the late Valentine and Coletta (Kowalski) Wieszczyk.
Ray graduated from St. Casimir's grade school and Cathedral Preparatory School before entering the United States Marine Corps
in November of 1945. Following a tour of duty at the end of World War II he returned to Erie and received a business degree from Gannon College. Ray was a systems analyst at GTE for 36 years until his retirement in 1987.
He was a long time member of St George Parish and later on a member of Our Lady of Peace Church where he was an usher for many years. Ray was a former member of both the Siebenbuerger Club as well as the East Erie Turners. He enjoyed bowling and was the last surviving member of the "GenTel Poker Club" which included Gene Robarts, George Rhay, Tony Zito, Charlie Maxwell, Jerry Hickin, Bob Blair, Lennie Zyck, Bill DiPlacido, George Machuga, and Gerry Wenzel.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Grace M. (George) Wieszczyk; a brother, Daniel Wieszczyk; three sisters, Antoinette and Rose Wieszczyk, and Frances Cieslinski; son-in-law, Brian Laughlin and grandson, Patrick Laughlin.
Survivors include, his wife Terese (Mehler) Kontis Wieszczyk; three daughters, Paula Laughlin, Cynthia A. Murosky, husband Donald, both of Erie, and Andrea Staver, husband Tim, of Paola, Kan.; four sons, Mark Wieszczyk, wife Carol, of Santa Rosa, Calif., Raymond Wieszczyk, Jr., wife Lorrie, of Riverview, Mich., Gregory Wieszczyk, wife Eileen, of North East, and Wayne A. Wieszczyk, wife Belinda of Woodland, Calif.; a step-son, Lee Kontis Jr., wife Tina, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; a step-daughter, Carolyn "Carrie" Kontis of Erie; a sister, Pearl Mientkiewicz, of McKean; a brother, Valentine Wieszczyk of Erie; 28 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Friends may call on Wednesday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street at Greengarden Boulevard. Services will be held there on Thursday at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Peace at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
We thank with grateful hearts and sentiments of esteem the entire staff of the Gallagher Center for the loving gentle care of our Ray. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Emmaus Soup Kitchen, c/o Emmaus Ministries, 345 East 9th Street, or St. Mary's Home of Erie, Gallagher Center, 607 East 26th Street, Erie, PA 16504.
Published in the Erie Times-News on Sept. 10, 2013