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Peter D. Weisenburger, actor, musician, teacher; Oct. 18, 1971 -- April 15, 2012

Peter D. Weisenburger, an area actor, musician and teacher, died Sunday in his Kenmore home after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. He was 40.

Mr. Weisenburger graduated from St. Mary's High School in Lancaster and went on to earn bachelor's degrees in broadcasting television and theater arts from Buffalo State College, as well as a master of fine arts in acting from Brooklyn College.

Mr. Weisenburger earned his Actors' Equity card in Seattle in 2000 and went on to become a teaching artist and performer with the Seattle Children's Theatre and the Seattle Shakespeare Company.

Locally, he was vocalist with the band Me and Pete, which also featured area musicians including Jon Goodheart, Derneill "Woogie" Washington, Mark Mattrey, Paul LaFornara and Christian Conte.

Beginning in 2006, Mr. Weisenburger taught drama and English at the Gow School. Recently, he was an adjunct theater professor at Buffalo State College. He had been made theater professor in 2011 but was unable to complete his first semester due to his illness.

A devoted family man, Mr. Weisenburger also is remembered as a passionate lover of music and theater. He had a beautiful low tenor singing voice, was a songwriter and often performed with his brothers, Paul and John. The three created sublime vocal harmonies together, at religious services and clubs alike.

After an initial, successful operation to remove a brain tumor, Mr. Weisenburger composed a one-man play, blending spoken word and song in a dramatic depiction of his struggle with his illness. The play was performed at a Buffalo State College theater workshop in 2011.

"It was Peter's desire to use his artistic voice to connect to and lift up people dealing with all sorts of struggles," said his wife, Merritt. "He left a legacy of helping others which will be carried on by his family and friends."

In addition to his wife and brothers, Mr. Weisenburger is survived by his parents, John F. and Mary C.; and two sisters, Mary and Catherine.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph University Catholic Church, 3269 Main St.

-- Jeff Miers