John O. Wrigley, age 68, of Van Buren Point, N.Y., died Wednesday October 9, 2013 at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk, N.Y.
John was born the only son of Carrie (Tracy) and Shirls Wrigley in Meadville, PA. He grew up in Titusville, PA, and graduated from high school in 1962. He graduated from Bryant & Stratton Business Institute in Buffalo, N.Y., after which he went to the University of Buffalo while working for the Worthington Corp. John was an accountant and worked for many businesses in the local area.
He met his future wife, Jacqueline Catalano, at the University of Buffalo. They were married in 1966 and lived in Lancaster, N.Y. They relocated to Fredonia, N.Y., where John was involved in many civic organizations. He was a member of the Fenner Hose Co. of the Fredonia Fire Dept. for many years. John was involved in the reconstruction of the Fredonia Opera House and became a member of the Fredonia Preservation Society. He was also a member of the Fredonia Rotary Club, Westfield Moose Lodge, Fredonia Beaver Club, the First United Methodist Church of Fredonia, and was affiliated with the WCA Home Board of Directors for many years. He also served as Chairman of the Fredonia Zoning Board for many years, and most recently on the Portland Zoning Board.
John served his Country as a Sergeant First Class with the 174th Infantry Division of the Army National Guard based out of the Masten Avenue Armory in Buffalo for nine years, until moving with his family to Fredonia.
John and Jacky have two children: Patrick (Lynn) Wrigley of Pell City AL, and Sarah (Gregory) Marsh of Huntsville, AL. He is survived by eight grandchildren: Austin Jenkins, Andrew Jenkins, Ashley Jenkins, Cayce Wrigley, David Marsh and Patrick Marsh, and honorary daughter Sara Zeller and granddaughter Cameryn Zeller. He is also survived by brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Russell A. and Eileen Catalano of Redding, CT., Edmund L. and Valorie Catalano of Fort Myers. FL., Frederick D. and JoAnn Catalano of Dunkirk, N.Y.
John is predeceased by his parents Carrie and Shirls, and a very special aunt, Anna Tracy, plus many other aunts, uncles and cousins. John is also preceded in death by his wife's parents, Russell and Mary Catalano, whom he grew to love and view as his parents as well.
Friends may call Friday 4-7 p.m. at the Larson-Timko Funeral Home, 20 Central Avenue, Fredonia, N.Y. A Memorial Service will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Fredonia 25 Church Street, Fredonia, N.Y., Saturday afternoon at 1 PM. Interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorial contributions in John's memory may be made to: Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, P.O. Box 631, Buffalo, N.Y 14240, the WCA Home, 134 Temple Street, Fredonia, N.Y. 14063, or the Fredonia Preservation Society, P.O. Box 422, Fredonia, N.Y. 14063. Online condolences may be made at larsontimkofuneralhome.com.