Weis Markets’ Exec Garisto Passes Away at Age 45
Bruno Garisto, 45, of Lewisburg, Pa., who served as Weis Markets’ VP of center store merchandising and sales, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Aug. 10.
Garisto was devoted to his son, Nick, 15, and his daughter Katie, 12, and most especially Carolyn, his wife of 16 years. Garisto and his family were and are active members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lewisburg where he was a lector and a past member of the parish council.
During his career in the food industry, Garisto worked in supply chain management, merchandising, marketing, private brands, procurement and sales in the U.S. and abroad. He joined Weis Markets in 2004 as director of center sales and subsequently worked as director of private brands before being promoted to VP of center store merchandising and sales. Earlier in his career, he worked for Ahold Indonesia, Ahold USA, Giant Food Stores, Daymon Worldwide and Hillandale Farms.
A native of Harrisburg, Garisto earned a bachelor’s degree in food marketing from St. Joseph University’s Academy of Food Marketing. In recent years, he served on the academy’s board of governors. He also attended Bucknell University where he earned a master’s degree in business administration. A gifted public speaker, Garisto was a proud member of Toastmasters International.
In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his parents, Vito and Valerie Garisto of Harrisburg; and two sisters, Maria Swift of Audobon and Anna Waigand of Atlanta.
Garisto’s funeral services were held earlier t his week in Lewsiburg. His family requests that memorial donations be made to the Lewisburg Area Music Association and Lewisburg Veterinary Hospital’s Mack and Molly fund, which is named after the Garisto family’s dogs.