Aug 26, 1961---Sep 14, 2023

Bruce Lee Weissenberger, 62, passed away on September 14, 2023 at the Olathe Hospice house in Olathe, Kansas, after a long illness.

Bruce was born on August 26, 1961, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Harry George Weissenberger and Margaret (Looper) Weissenberger. His family moved to Walnut Creek, California in 1963, and he spent most of his life in that area, also living in Concord and Pleasant Hill. He earned an Associate’s Degree from Saddleback Community College, serving as the first elected student body president when Saddleback’s North Campus became Irvine Valley College. He continued his education at San Francisco State University, where he wrote and taught a political science course. He then spent several years working in the mortgage underwriting business in California.

Bruce was a Scottish Rite Mason Oakland Valley 32 degree Knight Commander, Court of Honor (KCCH) Mason. He was also a York Rite Mason, Oakland, CA, and Blue Lodge Master Mason (Martinez Lodge 41), and a recipient of the Hiram award.  As a York Rite Mason, he was a member of the Oakland Chapter Royal Arch Chapter #36, the Oakland Cryptic Council #12 and the Oakland Commander #11.  He also served as secretary at the Oakland Scottish Rite.

He served as a Flotilla Commander in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and held the rank of Life Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. He was also active with the YMCA Indian Guides. He had a passion for politics, running for City Council in Pleasant Hill, CA, and accepting an appointment as Council Advisor. Another passion was “cruising.” He founded a club called Star 8 that was featured in Car Craft Magazine. He had an uncanny ability to read people, and will be missed by the friends and families that he brought together over the years.

He married Mary Stenberg in Laguna Beach, CA on October 11, 2009. They moved to Shawnee, Kansas in 2020.  

Survivors include wife Mary Stenberg Weissenberger, brother Harry George Weissenberger, Jr. (Cindy), sister Carol Weissenberger Schlicht (Mark), nephews Robert Schlicht (Katrina) and Harrison Weissenberger, and niece Elizabeth Schlicht Hanlon (Kurtis). Also surviving are step-daughter Lisa Llewellyn (Ron), step-son Sean, and step-grandchildren Jeremy, Christopher and Morgan.

A memorial service will be held at the Masonic Lodge in Martinez, California at 11:00 a.m. Saturday November 4th, 2023.  The address is 700 Masonic Street, Martinez, CA  94553.

The family wants to thank the staff of Olathe Hospice for their compassionate service while Bruce was under their care.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ASPCA or a local animal shelter.



Condolences

Tim May Sep 15, 2023

Friend and Masonic Brother ,Pleasant Hill ,California

Dear Mary and family, Lori and I are deeply saddened by the loss of Bruce. He was not only a cherished friend but also an esteemed Masonic brother. From my very first steps at the Martinez Lodge, Bruce was there, guiding and supporting me throughout my Masonic journey. His wisdom, camaraderie, and warmth will forever be remembered. Albert Pike once wrote, "What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal." I believe that describes Bruce's love of his friends and family . Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We take solace in knowing that he will live forever in our fond memories of him. May his legacy live on in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him. Warm regards, Tim and Lori May

Mark Aumann Sep 15, 2023

Friend ,Sautee Nacoochee ,Georgia

Mary, Carol and George: Gwen and I send our condolences and prayers. It's hard to imagine I've known Bruce almost since we moved to Walnut Creek in 1972 and I came over to the house on Cheyenne Drive. If Carol was the rational firstborn and George the romantic middle, Bruce was the perfect hyper-emotional, smart, funny, sometimes bratty little brother. He could make me laugh, make me think or just make me mad. But he never failed to make me notice him. He packed a lifetime of wonderful memories into a too-short time on Earth. But I hope and pray he's reunited with your mom and dad and Mutti in a place where you will all be together again. And I will never not order an orange soda without thinking of him. With much love, Mark and Gwen Aumann

Kathy Foiles & Susan Keck Sep 16, 2023

High school friend ,Walnut Creek ,California

Dear Mary, George and family, We extend our sympathies and love and prayers. Bruce was very special to us. We knew him from the early days of high school. We could talk to Bruce about anything and everything. He had a great laugh and was always fun to be around. May God give you the strength to move forward. Bruce will be sorely missed. Much love Kathy Ferguson and Susan Keck

Pamela Blackburn Sep 21, 2023

So sorry about Bruce. I found a scripture I like to share at JW.org, Acts 24:15, "there is going to be a resurrection," I wish your family the very best for the future.

Taryn Benn Sep 22, 2023

friend ,Benicia ,California

I met Bruce decades ago while working at Royal Insurance in Walnut Creek. We became fast friends and one day one of my dear friends that I worked with at the phone company called me to see if there were any jobs there - That was Mary Stenberg, his beautiful wife, we worked together at Ma Bell in Concord. I will never forget the day she came in for her interview with Mr. Bunker, it lasted all of 3 minutes and when he came out of the conference room he asked if I had any more like her! Bruce happened to be at my desk that day plugging in my new typewriter when Mary walked in. He was still on his knees at my desk when he saw her and I swear I saw little hearts floating above his head. He turned BRIGHT red and saw me wave at her. He asked me if I knew her and of course I said yes, then I asked him if he would like to know her! I honestly know it was Love at first sight for Bruce. And he was in love with her from that day on until the day we lost him. He has been through so much, they both have, since their move to Kansas. My heart breaks for those that knew and loved this man. He was just the kindest soul I had ever met. Grateful I can call him my dear friend. Godspeed Bruce ~ thank you for the love you gave me as my friend. The world is a better place because you were in it. YOU made a difference......

Laura “Lori” Miller-Merrill Sep 24, 2023

Previous co-worker/friend to Mary his widow ,Livermore ,California

My deepest sympathies to Bruce’s family and friends! Special condolences to his wife, Mary. It’s been decades Mary, but I always remember you on May 17th/18th. May God keep and guard you thru this difficult time, as He holds and loves your beloved in his arms!!!