A TRIBUTE TO DON WISURI
On behalf of our church family, I extend my love, sympathy, and prayer support to the family of Don Wisuri, who passed away to heaven last Thursday, October 8. He was 83.
Don was born on April 29, 1937 in Menahga, Minnesota. After a stint in the US Army, he became a cabinet maker by trade and also a woodworking teacher to high school students. Don and his wife were married on January 12, 1963 in Hayward, California. Don and Joyce were married for 48 years. She passed away to heaven on June 25, 2011.
Don and Joyce were our next door neighbors for 9+ years. When Kathy and I closed on our home in June 2002, we went to our new home. While we were outside, Joyce came over and introduced herself. This was the beginning of a wonderful friendship through the years. We invited them to attend our church. Joyce later told us they were very hesitant to come, thinking we might be a church where people "swung from the chandeliers and "romped" up and down the aisles. One Sunday they decided to watch "The Sunday Place," a 30 minute program produced by our church and aired on FOX-TV. They finally "got up the courage" to attend public worship. At the first service, they didn't seen any "crazy stuff" going on. As a matter of fact, they really enjoyed the worship service. Kathy and I continued to build a relationship with Don and Joyce, and they continued to come back. On December 15, 2002, they both came forward on profession of faith, and were baptized on January 12, 2003.
Don faithfully attended Redemption Hill all of these years. He loved the LORD and loved our church family. When Kathy and I moved, Don and I decided to meet on occasion for breakfast at The Egg & I at Citadel Crossing. We always talked about our families and showed pictures on our iPhones. I knew our conversation would really get "revved up" when the subject of politics was brought up! Don was "old school" on the subject, and would get me laughing as a result of his "blunt" commentary!!
Don and Joyce were very special to Kathy and me through the years. They were the best neighbors we've ever had. And, although we are going to miss Don, we are grateful he has been reunited with Joyce in heaven.
Don Wisuri's celebration of life service will be held this Saturday, October 17, at 11:00 am in the worship center at Redemption Hill Church. Please remember to pray for his daughter, Wendy, who lives in Black Forest, and his son, Jeff, who lives in Benicia, California, and their families!