Denis Claude Wessler

Denis Claude Wessler was born May 2, 1937 in St. Charles, MO, the son of loving parents Alice and Franklin Wessler, who preceded him in death. He passed suddenly, though peacefully, in his sleep Thursday, August 13th, at the age of 78. He was born the eldest of five siblings: Richard Wessler, Rita Scotti, John Wessler, who preceded in death, and Sue Hettich. He loved being the big brother!

He worked his way through school and received a bachelor degree from Southeast Missouri State University. Denis then had a successful career with IBM, where he left his mark in business and created lifelong friendships. After IBM, he went on to became the CFO of Beam & Whiteside Software. Denis surrounded himself with the love of his family. For him, being a son, brother, uncle, father, husband and grandfather were roles that he cherished above all.

He recently celebrated 55 years of marriage with the love of his life, Charlotte Wessler. He found great pleasure spending time with his three children: Brian Wessler, spouse, Carol Wessler; Cheri Kivisto, spouse, Eric Kivisto; and Julie Liddle spouse, Bob Liddle. His greatest joy was his 5 grandchildren; Garrett Wessler, Hannah Wessler, Wesslen Liddle, Cassidy Liddle, and Carter Denis Kivisto. Having his whole family live in Raleigh, allowed him to be involved in every aspect of their lives.

Denis filled his life with family, friends, and service. He was a devout volunteer, and spent his life giving to others. He created The HELP Store in Yorktown Heights, NY, where families in need could come for food, clothes and dignity. For several years he ran The Salvation Army Annual Christmas Toy Shop Distribution Program, and served on its Board of Directors. He also gave his time and talent to many organizations, including Meals On Wheels, Raleigh Community Hospital, Raleigh's Soup Kitchen, and the USO, as well as many positions within the church. Denis was beyond generous with his time, love and commitment; leaving a legacy of volunteerism, generosity, kindness and love to family and all those he touched.

A celebration of his life will be held Tuesday, August 18th at 1pm at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 7506 Falls of Neuse Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Special Olympics and Stand Up To Cancer.

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