Raymond Paul Gustave

Born: Sun., Apr. 14, 1946
Died: Tue., Jan. 23, 2018



4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Jan. 26, 2018
Location: Gubbiotti Funeral Home

Funeral Service

9:30 AM Sat., Jan. 27, 2018
Location: Gubbiotti Funeral Home

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Sat., Jan. 27, 2018
Location: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

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Raymond Paul Gustave, 71, of West Wyoming, passed away Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at Celtic Hospice Inpatient Unit.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, Ray was the middle son of the late Fred and Hattie Witt Gustave and graduated from Coughlin H.S., class of '64.  

A Vietnam veteran, he served in the U.S. Air Force as an Air Traffic Controller, receiving the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal for his service in Vietnam.  

He graduated from Wilkes College, married his best friend and dancing partner of 44 years, the former Donna Duzen, and then began his career in Federal service.

After moving his family to Centreville, VA, he became Chief of the Financial Management Branch of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Office

of Nuclear Regulatory Research.  While there, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Award in Administrative Excellence as well as numerous other awards.  

Ray devoted over 20 years to community service while living in VA, being deeply involved in land use and other community issues.  Upon retiring, Ray and Donna moved to West Wyoming where he served as Borough Manager for two years.

He was a man of deep faith and extremely involved in his parish, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister and as a member of the Altar Guild.  He enjoyed making pirohy and kreple for food sales and summer bazaars.

He was also a life member of VFW Post 4909, Dupont.

In addition to his beloved wife, Donna, Ray is survived by two daughters that he loved beyond words and their families: Hilary (William) Browning, CO, and Ashley (Shon) McManus, MD, and step-granddaughter, Katelynd McManus.  

His young granddaughter, Madeleine Browning, brought him incredible joy even on his most difficult days.  

He leaves behind two brothers: Dr. Fred (Rhonda) Gustave, IL, and Ken (Terri) Gustave, Pringle, as well as sister-in-law Paula (Frank) Matthews, Swoyersville, Aunts Geri Witt, Irene Smith, "Aunt Val", along with many cousins, nieces, and nephews.        

The family would like to thank all those who provided excellent care, especially Medical Oncology Associates and Celtic Hospice.  His 'prayer warriors', who lifted him up, had a special place in his heart.  

Memories are sacred and eternal.

Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation on Friday from 4-7pm at the Gubbiotti Funeral Home, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter.

Funeral services will be on Saturday at 9:30am from the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10:00am at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 116 Hughes St., Swoyersville. The Rev. Joseph J. Pisaneschi, pastor, will be celebrant.

Interment will be in St. John's Slovak Cemetery, Schooley St., Exeter

Memorial donations may be made to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish 116 Hughes St., Swoyersville, Pa. 18704 or to the AmVets Honor Guard, C/o Gerard Gurnari, ICO AMVETS, 111 Lidy Rd,, Dupont, Pa. 18641

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George Mathews
   Posted Thu January 25, 2018
This is a sad moment for the Gustave family and I share their grief as I had known Ray for many years. When Ray was employed at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, I had the distinct pleasure to work with him to develop several computer systems to make life easier for his office. While working with Ray, I noted his intelligence and cautious yet affirmative guidance that he would always pass on to me. It was at that time I gained a closeness to him and called him friend. Later Ray would join a project called STARFIRE and I was never more pleased that the Office of Research assigned him to chair the Research Office needs in support of a large financial project. Ray was exceptional with his work and won the hearts of all members of that Team, especially mine.

My condolences go out to his wonderful wife whom I have had the honor and plesure of meeting and to his entire family and friends as he will surely be missed by all.

   Posted Fri January 26, 2018
My dearest Donna, Hilary, Ashley, and the entire Gustave family, there really are no words at this time for the loss of Ray. He was such a great man, had a fabulous smile, and a great sense of humor. May all the memories we've shared through all these years help us to heal during this very sad time. Wishing you all my deepest sympathy. I wish I could be there in person with you all, but you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jimmy Dennis
   Posted Mon January 29, 2018
Deepest Sympathy to a true gentleman who cared deeply about our town. Ray was so informative about many government issues and a pleasure to have as our Borough Manager. May God Bless You and your entire family.
Jimmy Dennis

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