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From: "Peter_McCrae" <>
Subject: WIZOWATY; Jerry-14/6/2005-USA
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2005 23:25:43 +0100

BURLINGTON,VT -Jerry Wizowaty died peacefully at home June 14, 2005,
surrounded by his family. He was almost 80. Born in Mount Clemens, Mich.,
Jerry was inducted into the Army during World War II and was proud of rising
to the rank of Master Sergeant. He finished college on the G.I. Bill at the
University of Michigan. In his long and diverse business career in sales,
advertising, marketing, mergers and acquisitions, Jerry worked in Cincinnati
for Procter and Gamble, in Dallas, Houston and overseas for Anderson Clayton
and again in Houston for Rice Foods. In 1977, in Austin he established The
Concertina Group, a small import business that continues to supply
specifically designed wheelchair gloves principally to Veterans
Administration Hospitals throughout the U.S. Recently he moved this business
to Burlington, where he had spent several summers before settling here
permanently in 2004. Highly creative, Jerry was a Renaissance man who was
interested in everything and could design and fix almost anything. He loved
good wine, gourmet food, French and African art and classical music. He even
enjoyed hearing his wife practice scales on the piano. He loved to make
people laugh. As one of his friends said, "Jerry showed us all a new and
interesting way to live." An amateur architect, Jerry loved to build and
remodel the various homes in which he lived during the fifty-four years of
his marriage. His love for travel began with his Army service in England,
and continued through sojourns in Lausanne, Paris, and Madrid and further
extensive travel throughout South America and parts of Africa. Although
Jerry missed his Austin friends, he loved Vermont - its beauty and its
people. Every day he expressed his good fortune to live in a home he loved
on Lake Champlain with his wife Judy. His joy was enhanced by the close
proximity of his elder daughter, Suzi Wizowaty and her partner, Joan
Robinson, of Burlington, VTand his younger daughter, Gigi Wizowaty and her
husband, Charlie Clements, and their two children, nine-year-old Eric and
seven-year-old Jesse of Brookline, Mass. Jerry and Judy's son Eric
predeceased him in 1975. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jerry's name
may be made to The Nature Conservancy, or a local hospice agency.

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