Jerome Paul (Jerry) Raispis passed away at home on March 17, 2017 at age 88 surrounded by his family.
Jerry was born and grew up in Chicago, IL. Being athletically gifted, after high school he received a basketball scholarship to the University of Detroit where he starred on the team. He served in the U.S. Army as a signal operator in the Korean War and also played on the Army's European basketball team.
After returning from the service, he met his future wife Joan Schulist. They were married in Chicago in May of 1956 and celebrated their 60th anniversary last year. He was hired by Revere Copper and Brass as a computer analyst which moved the young couple to New York City. There he was trained to write business operational software and operate IBM Mainframe Computers. Through his job with Revere they were moved to Rome, New York where they started their family. An unfortunate accident claimed their first son Joseph in 1959. In 1965 the family moved to Baltimore, MD. where their youngest son of 6 boys and one girl was born. The family moved to Scottsboro in 1967 and have called Scottsboro home ever since.
Being a pioneer in the software field, he could be seen working in Revere's large, air conditioned computer rooms with magnetic tape and punch cards. Through his work, he became part of the Revere consulting team and enjoyed the travel associated with his consulting role. When Norandal opened he became part of their technology team. He retired in 1987 and enjoyed his retirement volunteering for various causes and staying involved with St. Jude Catholic Church.
Jerry became an active member of the mission Catholic Church. Through his involvement, this mission church grew to become St. Jude. He was instrumental in the building of the new church and in 1973, after two years of intense theological studies, became the first ordained Permanent Deacon of the Catholic Church in the state of Alabama.
In his role as deacon, Jerry became the face of the church in Scottsboro and surrounding area. He performed many baptisms, weddings, and funerals. He could often be seen visiting the sick around town, administering to those in need, and providing comfort and guidance to anyone who asked. Jerry loved his role as a deacon as it allowed him to serve God and others through the Deaconate Ministry.
Jerry loved people and always strove to be inclusive of everyone and make everyone feel welcome. He became part of the Scottsboro Players and could be seen in their productions throughout the years. Jerry always had a quip or a joke to put people at ease. He genuinely enjoyed life and, even in his final days when he really wasn't up to it, he was having fun, laughing, enjoying his beer and always more concerned about others than himself.
Most of all, he was a loving husband and father. Raising seven children is never easy but he was always above all the ruckus. He always came home from work happy to see his family! He was fair, led by example and always practiced what he preached.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Emily, his oldest son, Joseph, and his brother Joe. He is survived by his wife, Joan, seven children (Dan, Tom, John, Judy, Andy, Chris and Stan) and ten grandchildren (Raispis: Ed, Stanley, Jody, Will, Jake, & Luke; Vincent: Paul, Daniel, & Walker; and Paige Mullins).
The wake and a vigil will be held on Wednesday, 22 March at St. Jude Catholic Church in Scottsboro, AL. The wake will be from 4:30pm - 9:00pm followed by the vigil from 9:00pm – 12:00am.
The funeral Mass will be held at St. Jude Catholic Church at 11:00am on Thursday, 23 March. The burial will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Scottsboro immediately following the mass.
A luncheon will be held at the St. Jude Parish Life Center immediately following the burial.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, please make a donation to your favorite charity or to:
Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration
Address: 3222 County Road 548, Hanceville, AL 35077
Phone: (256) 352-6267
St. Jude Catholic Church
Fr. Tom Woods
Address: 17205 Al Highway 35, Scottsboro, AL 35768
Phone: (256) 574-6156
St. Ignatius College Prep
Frank Raispis Scholarship Fund
1076 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608