The Herald (Sharon, PA) - March 8, 2013
Deceased Name: Raymond Witkowski Well known magician volunteered for charities
Raymond Witkowski of New Wilmington, entered into Heaven after an extended illness on Wednesday morning, March 6, 2013, in his home, surrounded by his family. He was 56.
Mr. Witkowski was born Jan. 12, 1957, in New Castle to Stanley and Gwendola Riggs Witkowski.
Ray graduated from Lawrence County Vocational Technical School in 1975.
He married his wife Debora, on Aug. 29, 1977.
Ray was an award-winning magician who performed with Debora throughout the country for the past 30 years. He was a longtime active member of the Youngstown Magic Club and Mystic Magicians of the Beaver Valley. He greatly enjoyed performing and collaborating with his fellow magicians.
He supported a number of charities by volunteering his talents for events and fundraisers.
Ray worked for Mercer County Agency on Aging for the past 30-plus years.
He was preceded in death by his father, Stanley Witkowski.
He is survived by his mother, Gwendola Witkowski, New Wilmington; and his wife of 36 years, Debora Dawson Witkowski.
Also surviving are: his brother, Gregory Witkowski and his wife Margie, Jacksonville, Fla.; sisters, Betty and her husband Bill Brown, Cortland, Ohio; and Carol and her husband Albert Schoverling, Clearwater, Fla.; his son, Jeremiah Witkowski and his wife Gretchen, West Middlesex; daughter, Malinda Witkowski Koncar, West Middlesex; and grandson, Nathaniel Witkowski.
Ray actively advocated the ALS Association which is working to find a cure and raise awareness for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to any PNC Bank to The Raymond Witkowski Fundraiser.
The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported, prayed for and raised funds for Ray and the family.
No calling hours or funeral is planned. A memorial is planned for the summer with date to be announced.