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Charles Wisor

Charles "Chuck" Wisor died peacefully on November 12, 2023, in Santa Rosa, Calif.

He was born in Clearfield, Pa., on March 17, 1938, to Harold Clayton Wisor and Jeanne Hile.

He is survived by his son, Fritz, and daughter-in-law, Cathy, of Sebastopol, Calif.; brother and sister-in-law, Dee and Jan, and nephews, Paul and Scott Wisor, all of Colorado; and sister, Aleta, and brother-in-law, Doug Shepler, of New Jersey.

Chuck was predeceased by his wife, Joanne; and son, Douglas.

Charles' father enlisted in the US Navy and was sent to the South Pacific during WWII, and young Charles spent his early years living with his paternal grandparents. He attended high school in Clearfield, Pa., and then matriculated to Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., on a Ford Family Foundation Scholarship.

During his second year at Dickinson, while playing oboe in the college orchestra, an attractive, ginger-haired clarinet player caught his eye. The young lady was Joanne Macauley, and they would spend their next 65 years together.

After Dickinson, Charles was accepted to the University of Pennsylvania to study medicine and completed his degree in 1964. After completing a rotating internship at Bryn Mawr Hospital in 1965, he enlisted in the US Army and was sent to Germany, where among other things he and Joanne learned to ski and enjoy fine wine. The Wisors lived there until 1968, when he was discharged and began a residency in Ophthalmology at Duke University Medical Center. Following his residency and board certification, with his longtime friend and Duke University classmate, Dr. James Herring, he joined Mason Street Optical in Geneva, and was on the surgical staff at Geneva General Hospital until his retirement in 1997.

An avid sailor, Dr. Wisor was a member of Seneca Yacht Club since his arrival in Geneva in 1972. He served twice as commodore and guided the expansion of the junior sailing program into the Seneca Sailing Academy. His sailing experiences on Seneca Lake, the Chesapeake Bay, and in the British Virgin Islands brought him a sense of peace. He sailed his 26-foot cruiser single-handedly into his 80s, much to the chagrin of his wife and friends.

A celebration of Dr. Charles Edward Wisor's rich, full life will be held at the Seneca Yacht Club next summer.