|Remembering Ralph Weisgram|
Ralph Joseph Weisgram, retired plant manager, University Press, died Dec. 7 in Altru Hospital. He was 83.
Weisgram was born June 23, 1923 in Isanti, Minn., to Ignatz and Eva Weisgram. In 1940 he began his printing career working for the Tribune newspaper in Ipswich, S.D. He entered the Army on March 26, 1943 and was honorably discharged March 8, 1946. On Nov. 22, 1948, he married Teresa Welk in Aberdeen, S.D. They moved to Grand Forks, and in 1951 he began working at the University Press, where he retired as plant manager.
Ralph had many hobbies. He loved the outdoors, fishing and hunging, and was an excellent woodworker and gardener. But mostly, he loved people and had many friends. He was active in the Knights of Columbus Council 1260, the St. Michael's Men's Club and St. Michael's Bridge Builders.
He is survived by his children, Dave (Janet) Weisgram, Grand Forks; Gloria Weisgram, Moorhead, Minn.; Jill (Joe) Ford, Grand Forks; Gary (Rose) Weisgram, Alexandria, Minn.; Teresa (Don) McWilliams, 10 grandchildren, and four great grandchildren; a sister Mildred Haux, Colorado; and a brother, Richard (Billie) Weisgram, Austin, Minn.
His wife preceded him in death on March 16, 2003, after 52 years of marriage. He was preceded in death by a sister, Stella; brothers Leo, Milton, Danny and infant brother, Eddy.
Memorials may be directed to St. Michael's Bridge Builders, 520 6th St. N., Grand Forks, ND 58203. Services were held Dec. 11, with burial in Calvary Cemetery.