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Mr. Richard Wysopal, 79, beloved husband of Mrs. Carol Ann Wysopal, died Monday, July 17, 2017, at Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, Mass.
Born and raised in New Haven, Conn., he was the son of the late Carl Wysopal and Tessie (Postus) Wysopal.
He graduated from Boardman Trade School with a specialty in carpentry, Class of 1956. He continued his education earning an Associate Degree from the University of New Haven and a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering from Northeastern University. He served honorably in the Army National Guard as a Staff Sargent.
Mr. Wysopal was an engineer specializing in metallurgy, who worked for 30 years at General Electric Aircraft Engines in Lynn, Mass. For many years he managed the non-destructive testing lab providing the extreme quality control required for jet engines. After retiring from General Electric he worked for the Essex County Sheriff’s Department helping inmates get access to reading materials and acting as a liaison to educational and work programs. He served on the board of directors for Irenicon, a community of intellectually disabled adults.
As a young man, Richard built hot rods to race and was a member of the National Hot Rod Association. This fact confounded his grandchildren when they learned of it as he always drove at or below the speed limit. He was a green thumb and derived much pleasure from tending to his indoor and outdoor plants. Richard was an active member of the Roman Catholic La Salette Community from its beginnings in the 1970s at the former National Shrine of Our Lady La Salette in Ipswich to its present day worship in Topsfield.
Surviving Richard is his wife of nearly 54 years, Carol Wysopal of Georgetown; his son, Christopher Wysopal and his wife, Debra Wysopal of Concord; his son, Douglas Wysopal of North Andover; three grandchildren, Renee Wysopal of Brookline, Preston Wysopal of Corvallis, Ore., and Cole Wysopal of Concord; his brother, James Wysopal and his wife, Maureen Wysopal of Romney, W.V.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
His Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Rose of Lima Church, 12 Park St., Topsfield on Thursday, July 20, at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held in the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (Route 62), Danvers on Wednesday, July 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Richard’s memory to Massachusetts General Hospital, Lunder 9 Unit Fund c/o Barbara Cashavelly; or to Kaplan Family Hospice House, 75 Sylvan St, Danvers, MA 01923. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.
Published on  July 18, 2017
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