Raymond Weisgerber

July 31, 1929 - May 27, 2022
Raymond Weisgerber

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Raymond Gerard Weisgerber 92, passed away on Friday May 27, 2022 at New Hanover Regional Hospital in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Raymond was born on July 31, 1929 in New York City to Andrew and Agnes (Hack) Weisgerber.

He is survived by his loving wife Gloria (Salvatore) Weisgerber whom he married on the 25th of September 1955. During the sixty-seven years of marriage the couple was blessed with a large loving family; son Bruce (Lenora) and daughters Debra Docekal (Paul), Karen Shackel (Jay), and Elaine Andrews (John). Raymond cherished his seven grandchildren Danielle Weisgerber, Kerri Anne McNamara (Matthew), Michael Weisgerber, Erica Delgado (Mario), John Raymond Andrews, Gregory Docekal and Emily Andrews. He was additionally blessed with five great-grandchildren Madison McNamara (7), Annabelle McNamara (5), Nash Delgado (4), Charlotte McNamara (1), and Cruz Delgado (8 months). Raymond is also survived by his loving brother Frank Weisgerber (Eileen). He was proceeded in death by his siblings Margaret, Julia, Andrew, James, John, and Mary Anne. Raymond also has numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.

Raymond grew up in New York City during the Great Depression. He often noted to family that there was nothing “great” about it. However, the challenges and hardships he faced and overcame as a young man formed in him, a life-long and purposeful dedication to the success, prosperity and well-being of his family. This was accomplished by an Associate Degree from the National Institute of Credit in 1959 which progressed into a successful career as a financial executive and eventually Executive Vice President at Burlington Industries. Building on his career experience, Raymond returned to further his formal education earning his Bachelor of Science degree from Adelphi University in 1985 at the young age of 56.

Raymond always sought to provide for his family. It was at the Weisgerber home in Great Neck, New York and summer house in Candlewood Lake, Connecticut that numerous and memorable celebrations of the Weisgerber and Salvatore families took place.

Reflecting his love and devotion to his family, Raymond took on the herculean task of documenting the family genealogy well prior to the ease of internet-based research. Raymond researched the immigrant chronicles of Ellis Island, The New York Library and countless other undiscovered sources of family information. Untold hours of investigation, travel and family interviews culminated in yet another treasured and timeless gift from Raymond to his family. Although technically legally blind in his later years, Raymond never lost sight of the one thing he truly cherished. Until his very last day, he oversaw a family whom he loved intensely and of whom he was immensely proud to be called Father.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the North Carolina Library for the Blind, at Friends of the NCLBPH, 1841 Capital Boulevard, Raleigh, NC 27635; New Hanover County Senior Resource Center, at 2222 South College Rd, Wilmington NC 28403 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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  • June 09, 2022
    Salvatore Virginia says:
    Uncle Ray was the pillar to his family as well to all his nieces and nephews , Spent many holidays and Sunday dinners either at Nanny’s or with both aunt Gloria /Uncle Ray in great neck , not too mention trips to Connecticut . Uncle Ray instill family values and taught us what it meant to be family . He and aunt Gloria always opened their home to me , Bonnie and my friends . He gave advice and guided you as a young adult . He was the “Thinker” in the family . He took aunt Gloria to visit Nanny each Tuesday to Brooklyn without any hesitation he knew what it meant to support his wife , friend and partner. I reserve my inner feelings to the family which will get a private letter Uncle Ray so glad we spent time with you . Love you and RIP Love always Virginia

  • May 30, 2022
    Janis and Bill says:
    We love our Uncle Ray so much and he will be so missed. We have so many wonderful memories with them and my cousins. Uncle Ray loved to dialog with Bill while Aunt Gloria and I sat in the back and just laughed. Loved and respected him

  • May 30, 2022
    Jimmy Salvatore says:
    Uncle Ray and Aunt Gloria were my (Jimmy's) God Parents. Being a God parent is a special relationship since they will be the person who instills the Catholic faith in the baptized if the parents or guardians are unable to do so. I am grateful Uncle Ray was my God parent. Uncle Ray was a very good man and father. He was always kind and opened his homes to frequent family visits. He demonstrated to me what it means to be a good person and a good Catholic. MaryAnn and I enjoyed talking about current events and other topics with Uncle Ray. He was always eager to discuss or talk on just about anything whether in person or long distance via the phone. He gave me (MaryAnn) the lowdown on Medicare (A-Z). We will miss him and with great hope we will get together again when we see him in paradise. God bless you Ray! love, Jimmy and MaryAnn

  • June 02, 2022
    Lynn Ann Salvatore says:
    Uncle Ray was one of the most extraordinary human beings I have ever been honored to know and I am blessed that God made certain he was my Uncle. I can remember as far back as 3 years old, him engaging me in intellectual conversation, always curious to know what was on my mind and interested in whatever I pursued throughout my entire life. His love for family was evident and I always felt the tender care he had for all of us.. I am heartbroken to be left behind, missing him, and can only imagine the heartache my cousins must feel. Some of my fondest memories include Christmas Vacations at Aunt Rose's house with Elaine, in which we would always be sure to stop by and visit Uncle Ray on Avenue of the Americas at Burlington Industries in our trip-to-the-city day, when he would set up the self-playing piano to entertain us at the house in Great Neck and Summer trips to Barbecue at Candlewood Lake. He was the perfect mix of business and fun... emphasis on loads of fun! I am grateful that he embraced my daughter, Lanessa, in every way that he did me and to witness their sweet dynamic. Their debates were epic and will forever be ingrained in her mind and heart. What a truly special bond they had. His mastery of how to write the perfect ecology was an art and he always knew just what to say to capture the feelings we all had for the departed. It's surreal to now be tasked with the same in his memory. There just aren't enough words to express our deep love and admiration for him. My love and prayers are with you, Aunt Gloria, Bruce, Debbie, Karen, Elaine and the entire family. May Uncle Ray's should find rest in the arms of Jesus and may the LORD grant you all peace in this time of sorrow. I pray you continue to find comfort in the sweet memories he created with you all. I love you with all my heart. Lynn Ann

  • June 07, 2022
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