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Guntram J. Weissenberger Sr.

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Guntram J. Weissenberger Sr. Obituary
GUNTRAM J. WEISSENBERGER SR. 1926 - 2012 Guntram J. Weissenberger Sr. passed away peacefully in his home during the early hours of the morning on December 22, 2012. His life story is one of a remarkable man, who in the course of 86 years faced certain death in war, grew up under fascism, survived Communism and triumphed under capitalism. He conquered a place in the sun for himself and his family, inspired his staff, satisfied his customers and as a real estate planner, developer and builder created the projects he dreamt about. His path, which started in a small village in Upper Austria, led him across the Atlantic to America, where Congressman (and later president) John F. Kennedy personally introduced legislation in Congress to make him a citizen of the United States. Guntram Weissenberger's life story covers the dictatorship of Adolf Hitler, his escape from military service and sure death, his pursuit of studies on two continents resulting in two Master's degrees in architecture and engineering, a Master's degree from the Harvard Business School, as well as a doctor's degree. His defeat of incurable cancer, his achievements as a sailor, wind surfer, alpine skier and golfer, but also his skills as an artist, author and Entrepreneur are remarkable. He is survived by his wife, Eva; daughter, Nina; son, Guntram Jr., and brother, Sepp, along with eight wonderful grandchildren. As per his wishes, he will be laid to rest in his home town of Frankenmarkt in Austria, where he was distinguished as an honorary citizen as well as the recipient of the prestigious "Austrians Abroad Award".

Published in The Mercury on Dec. 29, 2012
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