In Remembrance: Donald E. Wiesenberg ’52, ’53MA Died on November 29 2019

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Donald E. Wiesenberg, 89, died on November 29, 2019, in Kingman, Arizona. He was a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and attended local grade schools and Central High School there before entering Yale University in New Haven in 1948. He graduated from Yale with a BA degree in 1952, and one day after graduation married Barbara Warwick of Sherman, Connecticut. One year later he earned a master of arts in teaching degree from Yale.

Thereafter, he served in the United States Marine Corps in the Shore Party Battalion of the 2nd Marine Division. Then he became a sales engineer in the mechanical goods division of the US Rubber Company and later joined Phelps Dodge Magnet Wire Company in Fort Wayne for 25 years, retiring early as vice president of administration. Later, he returned to the workforce as sales manager of Acro/Connor Corporation in Fort Wayne, finally retiring in 2008 at age 78.

While at Phelps Dodge, he served many years as a volunteer in the management of the international Electrical Electronic Insulation Conference, becoming its General Conference Chairman in 1981. In 1989 he received a Hall of Fame Award from that conference.

He was preceded in death by his brother Carl and by Barbara, his wife of 59 years. He is survived by his three children who are Mark (Jan), Matthew (Denise), and Sarah (Tom) Nitza; four grandchildren; and two great-grandsons. He is also survived by his significant other of many years, Vicki Craig of Kingman, Arizona.

A celebration of life gathering will be held at Messiah Lutheran Church on March 14, 2020, at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior. Memorials are to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, Messiah Lutheran Church, or Parkview Hospital Foundation. 

Submitted by the family.

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