Raymond G Misch (age 91) went to be with God and his beloved wife, Phyllis, on February 25, 2018. Ray is survived by his three children David Misch (and Geri), Mary Beth Hayet (and Bob) and Anne Summers (and Ray) and their five grandchildren, Julia Suarez (Adam Drobotij), Juan Suarez, Elisa Suarez, Steven Hayet, and Sara Hayet.
Ray is also survived by his brother–in-law, Rev. Eugene Grohe, and his sister-in-law, Mary Misch (J. Jerome), as well as nieces and nephews who he loved very much. Ray was predeceased by his older brother, James and Jim’s wife, Dolores, and his younger brother J. Jerome (Jerry) He also was predeceased by his brother-in-law Donald Grohe and Don’s wife, Audrey.
Rev. Grohe, who officiated at Phyllis and Ray's wedding in July 1950, will preside at his funeral Mass, as he did for his sister Phyllis, in March of 2017.
Ray was a devoted husband and a loving father. The center of his life was his family and his faith.
Together with Phyllis, he was an active parishioner of St. Mary's, New Monmouth and most recently St. Barnabas, Bayville. Together, they enjoyed tending the gardens at St. Barnabas, as well as working with the St Vincent de Paul Society and the food pantry there.
A veteran, Ray served as a sergeant in the Army during the Occupation of Japan after World War II. He played the piano in the army band while there.
Ray was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to New Jersey in 1960 to pursue a career as an insurance broker with Lukens, Savage and Washburn. Eventually he worked for Marsh & McLennan, retiring from there in 1990.
Ray was a talented, well-rounded person. He enjoyed playing the piano and listening to music. He loved woodworking and gardening. He was an avid reader and a big sports fan, especially of the NY Mets.
Ray was blessed with the gifts of sobriety and spirituality forty-seven years ago. Through Alcoholics Anonymous he formed lasting and cherished friendships. He also helped many other recovering alcoholics find serenity and sobriety.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 10 am at the Church of St. Denis, 90 Union Avenue, Manasquan, NJ. Burial will take place at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ, following the Mass.
Donations can be made in Raymond’s name to the St. Barnabas Food Pantry or St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Barnabas Church, 33 Woodland Road, Bayville, NJ 08721. Arrangements are under the care of Orender Family Home for Funerals, Manasquan. To send condolences to the family please visit www.orenderfamilyhome.com.