Dean Christopher Wiegert (October 15, 1951 - October 29, 2023)

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Dean Christopher Wiegert
  • October 15, 1951
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  • October 29, 2023

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With great sorrow, the Wiegert and Churchill family announce the passing of their kind-hearted, generous, loving and unimaginably talented husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend, Dean Christopher Wiegert. Dean left his earthly body on October 29, 2023, at age 72, to return to his spiritual home with God.

He was predeceased by his parents, Melvin Wiegert and Marcella Tendick Wiegert. Dean is survived by his wife of 43 years Victoria Churchill Wiegert, and his daughter Julia Mackenzie Wiegert (fiancé Keenan Reilly). He leaves behind his bonus mom, Ruth Wiegert, his sisters Cathy Zehner (husband Chuck, children Denise Massara, Jim Massara, Christie Massara and predeceased Brian Froneyberger), Donna Massara (husband John, children John Massara, Jasen Faulstich, Joe Massara), and Sandy Wilson (husband Scott, children Jacob Delashmit, Lisa Delashmit) and brother-in-law Bert (Stratford) Schmitt (wife Judi Lee [Mererdith], children Kim Schmitt Thomas and Erica Sedeyn) and numerous great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.
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Dean spent his first 11 years of school in the Bayless School District but moved his senior year and graduated from Affton High School in 1969. Any sport or athletic activity came easily to Dean but he particularly loved playing tennis, diving, gymnastics, softball and in later years, golf. He was a bit of a daredevil, enjoying diving off the cliffs at Johnson Shut-Ins. He backpacked through Europe in his early 20s.

When he returned home, he began following and pursuing his passion – performing. Starting at the Speakeasy, to the Goldenrod Showboat in St. Louis (where he and Victoria met), to multiple theaters in St. Louis, Colorado and New York, to several cruise lines around the world, to numerous music venues and concert halls across the United States, Dean brought his special brand of entertainment. His easy going vocal style, his love for the Great American Songbook, along with his wit and charm kept audiences coming back for more. For Dean, the highlight of his career was being the opening act for Don Rickles at venues across the US.

Dean would tell you that becoming the vocalist at First Unity Church of St. Louis, where he sang for 34 years, changed his life, bringing him closer to God to whom he gave all the credit and gratitude for being able to do what he did. He would also tell you how much he loved being Julia’s Dadda and his wife’s sweetheart.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at First Unity Church of St. Louis, 4753 Butler Hill Rd., St. Louis, MO 63128, on Wednesday, November 29, 2023. Visitation with the family will be from 5:00pm-7:00pm, and the service will begin at 7:00pm. The service will be live-streamed on the church’s website, www.unitystl.org, for those who are unable to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in Dean’s name to your favorite not-for-profit theatre or not-for-profit music organization.

Arrangements entrusted with BALDWIN BROTHERS Funeral & Cremation Society-Spanish Springs, 352-430-1449. Sentiments are encouraged at www.baldwincremation.com.


Service

Location:
First Unity Church of St. Louis
4753 Butler Hill Rd., St. Louis, MO 63128
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Date & Time:
November 29, 2023 at 7:00 PM



Visitation

Times:
November 29, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM



Location:
First Unity Church of St. Louis
4753 Butler Hill Rd., St. Louis, MO 63128
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  1. Leslie Bixby lit a candle:
    12 Nov 2023
    Lit since November 12, 2023 at 11:24:54 PM

  2. Leslie Bixby says:
    12 Nov 2023
    Although I was in St. Louis for only 3 years, my time there is indelibly etched on my heart, both due to the work at hand, at Stages, and because of the people I met, worked with, shared time with, and those who stayed with me from afar. I thought Dean was great from day one. He was unique, hilarious, and with an outstanding ability to focus on the work. He was very kind, which meant a lot to a non-native St. Louisan. He was so talented. I wish I had the opportunity to see one of his 'Dean-o' shows live, but I enjoyed the videos along the way.
    He offered his talents in a special way at Unity, St. Louis, and his sharing of some of those moments via video were wonderful to see. Dean will be missed by so many. Blessings and heartfelt condolences to Victoria, Julia and their family. I wish you peace and, utimately, the comfort of your memories.

  3. Jeanne DeBord says:
    11 Nov 2023
    Dean Christopher (Weigert) was a truly gentle, excited and genuine man. We saw him give multiple concert and play many roles to the totally appreciative audiences. We will miss you.

  4. Helen Luppens says:
    08 Nov 2023
    The Wiegert family were my neighbors growing up. Cathy was in my wedding as I was in hers. I remember every morning going over to the Wiegert before school and watching as Cathy made breakfast for her siblings. Dean was always a jokester. Skinny and lanky looking kid that was always so full of energy and the only boy with three sisters. He was a joy to know. He was still in school when I left home and got married but not surprised at the outcome of his life. Thank goodness for Facebook and for Cathy posting all of his songs from Church so that I could in some way be a part of the family that was really my family. I am very sad to have heard about Dean's passing buy knowing him, he is up there singing with the Angels.

  5. Vanessa lit a candle:
    08 Nov 2023
    Lit since November 8, 2023 at 11:09:45 AM

  6. Michele and Stuart Elmore says:
    07 Nov 2023
    The Elmore family sends their heart felt condolences. I remember how much Dean loved performing and always committed 100% to very rehearsal. I remember watching him pull out an imaginary dagger to chase Sir Lancelot in a production of Camelot. And he did it with gusto!

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