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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Edward J. Bogusz
April 30, 1946 - January 10, 2024

Public Events and Locations

Visitation - Saturday, January 20, 2024, 10:00 to 11:00 AM at Christ Church and St. Michael’s, Philadelphia
Memorial Service - Saturday, January 20, 2024, 11:00 AM at Christ Church and St. Michael’s, Philadelphia


Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-0911 - Map
Clergy - Christ Church and St. Michael’s - 61 West Tulpehocken Street (at McCullum Street), Philadelphia, PA 19144 - 215-844-7274 - Map
Donation - Charitable donations can be made to the organization of the donor’s choice. - Map

The following obituary was composed by Edward’s family:

Edward Bogusz, opera singer, organist, and scholar passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2024, after a brief illness.  He enjoyed a long and prolific career as a bass baritone and sang in several opera companies in America and Europe.  Edward started his academic studies at Temple University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in English. Following graduation in 1968, he received a Wilson Fellowship to pursue a doctorate in English Literature at the University of Buffalo.  Following his love of music, he began singing in the Philadelphia area.  Hearing about a contest sponsored by Radio Station WGN in Chicago, he entered and proceeded to the final rounds.  As a result of this achievement, Ed was introduced to an international opera coach, who recommended him to the acclaimed opera star, Licia Albanese, who accepted him into her company in northern Italy.  While there, he studied with renowned opera buffo star Italo Tajo. 


Upon returning to the United States, Edward appeared with the Houston Grand Opera Company, San Francisco Opera, Des Moines Metro Summer Opera Festival, and for nearly thirty years, Boheme Opera NJ.  Roles he was most noted for included the title role in “Don Pasquale”, the Sacristan in “Tosca”, Leporello in “Don Giovanni”, King Philip in “Don Carlo”, Bartolo and Basilio in “Barber of Seville” and multiple roles in “Gianni Schicchi”. 


Most recently he served as organist at Christ Church and St. Michael in Philadelphia.  His related areas of expertise in addition to literature and music include religious philosophy, politics, sports, and fine art.


He is survived by his brother John Bogusz, sisters Dori Pavel and her husband Dr. Michael Pavel, Ellen Strange and her husband Stephen Strange, niece Alexandra Pavel and her wife, Louise Helferty, niece Sarah Strange, and nephew Edward Maxwell Pavel.


Relatives and friends were invited to his visitation on Saturday, January 20, 2024 from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. and memorial service at 11:00 A.M. at Christ Church and St. Michael’s, 61 West Tulpehocken Street (at McCullum Street), Philadelphia, PA 19144 where Ed served as organist and music director for the past five years.

Interment was private at the family request.

Donations, in Edward’s memory, may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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