Raymond Taylor Bedwell Jr.

Dec. 15, 1932 - March 28, 2009

Raymond T. Bedwell Jr. of Waukesha, formerly of Brookfield, died Saturday, March 28, 2009, at age 76. He was born Dec. 15, 1932, in Long Island, N.Y., the son of Raymond T. Bedwell Sr. and Mary Mercedes Conrard.

After graduating from the University of Dayton in Ohio, Ray was united in marriage to Cosmina "Connie" Pagura on Aug. 29, 1959, in Columbus, Ohio. On that same day, they moved to Milwaukee for a teaching position for Ray at Marquette University. Along with being a professor of radio and TV broadcasting, he also maintained that curriculum at Marquette.

Later, he became a pioneer in establishing and organizing the educational programs at St. Mary's and St. Joseph's hospitals in Milwaukee. Ray was then an adjunct professor at Cardinal Stritch University for the hospital administration program and the Master of Business Administration program. He went on to own and operate a consulting business for 18 years in general health care management, retiring in 2002. His professional memberships include WISHET, ASTD and ASHET.

Ray continued teaching by volunteering as a teacher of English as a second language with the Literacy Council of Greater Waukesha. He and his wife are members of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. With Ray's lifelong hobby of being a magician, he was a member of International Brotherhood of Magicians and Society of American Magicians. Ray was an excellent baker and enjoyed making special treats for his family.

Ray will be sadly missed by his wife, Cosmina "Connie" of Waukesha; their children, Mark R. (Cheryl) Bedwell of Hudson, Fla., Michael F. (Linda) Bedwell of Brookfield, David J. (Heidi) Bedwell and Elizabeth M. (Gregory Capper) Bedwell; grandchildren, Michelle Bedwell, Melissa Bedwell, Margaret Bedwell, Ashton Taylor Bedwell and Emmett Bedwell; stepgrandchildren, Sherman (Kristina) Bedwell and Ona Broach and her children. He is also survived by other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by a baby grandson, Mercer Davide Bedwell, the twin brother of Emmett.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. A rosary prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Services continue on Friday with prayers at the funeral home at 10 a.m. followed by a procession to St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 822 N. East Ave., Waukesha, for the 11 a.m. funeral Mass. Graveside services will immediately follow at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Waukesha Public Museum, the Literacy Council of Greater Waukesha, the Waukesha Civic Theatre, the Food Pantry of Waukesha County, the educational institution of your choice, St. Joseph's Catholic Church or the St. Vincent DePaul Society at St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Dougherty, Dr. Verma, Dr. Riordan and all the staff at ProHealth Care, Dr. Walsh, his son Christopher Walsh, Dr. Lawrence Burkert and all the staff at Wheaton Franciscan.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave an online tribute.