Ron Wehrle, 1936-2014, RIP

posted by Mike on February 28th, 2014

Ron Wehrle, beloved member of Worcester’s Catholic Worker community, passed away on Monday. His funeral was this morning.

For some classic shots of Ron brandishing his cigar, re-watch this lovely video about Worcester’s Catholic Workers:

A Life Worth Living from Doug Rogers on Vimeo.

And just to preserve this into the future, here’s a copy of his obituary:

Ron S. Wehrle, 77, of Worcester, died Monday, February 24, 2014, at home surrounded by friends, family and members of the Worcester Catholic Worker community.

Ron leaves two sisters, Ruth Staudacher and her husband John of Pittsburgh, Penn. and Theresa Boltz and her husband Larry of Buffalo, N.Y., and a sister-in-law Valerie Wehrle of Vancouver, British Columbia. He was predeceased by his two brothers, Carl and John.

Ron also leaves eleven nieces and nephews, his close friends Jo Massarelli and Marc Tumienski, with whom he lived for 16 years, and many loving friends.

Ron was born in Buffalo, N.Y., son of Joseph and Margaret (Ederer) Wehrle. He graduated from Canisius College in Buffalo and later studied at the University of St. Thomas in Houston.

He served in the U.S. Air Force including a tour of duty in Japan.

Ron was a longtime member of St. Paul’s Cathedral Parish, the Saints Francis and Therese Catholic Worker community and the Mustard Seed Catholic Worker.

He was a friend of the Worcester Public Library.

Ron was known for his deep faith, his natural wisdom, his witty discourse and his excellent cooking. He was beloved by many.

Calling hours are Thursday, February 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the St. Paul’s Cathedral Chapel at the corner of High and Chatham streets, Worcester. The funeral Mass will be Friday, February 28 at 10 a.m. in the chapel at St. Paul’s. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery, Worcester.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Paul’s Cathedral Children’s Choir, 19 Chatham St., Worcester 01609.

The Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester, is directing arrangements.

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