James W. Wetzler, 87, of White Oak, PA passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on March 10, 2023, at The Manor at Market Square, in Reading, PA. Jim was born on September 23, 1935, in McKeesport PA and predeceased by his parents George N. and Hilda B. Wetzler, brother Don Wetzler and sister Joanne Milburn.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Linda Anderson Wetzler, son James W (Karen) Wetzler Jr. of Canandaigua NY, daughters, Sue W Seanor of Exeter, PA, Libby Patterson (Bill) of Victor NY and sister Margaret Troutman of Hermanie, PA.
Jim is also survived by four grandchildren; Courtney (Jay) Freudenberg, Greg (Kayla) Seanor, Adam Seanor, and William W (Kelli) Patterson; and the recent light of Jim and Linda’s life, a great grandson, Theodore Seanor.
Jim was employed for 42 years by the former Bell Telephone Company, retiring in 1995. He was a past president and active member of the Bell Telephone Pioneers until he retired. He was also a member of Masonic Lodge 583 F&AM, and a Life Member of the McKeesport, PA Gun Club.
Church was an important part of Jim’s life. Jim was a pastmember and Trustee of First United Methodist Church of McKeesport, PA and later a current and very active member of Linway Presbyterian Church in East McKeesport, PA. He participated in manychurch committees and was always there to lend a listening ear or a well thought out suggestion.
He always took the time to help others and instilled this into his children. A hard worker his entire life, Jim led by example for his family and all those around him. He never shied away from doing the right thing.
An avid outdoorsman, Jim was always the first one up in Deer Camp, loving every minute being with ‘the boys’ in the woods hunting or for any other endeavor he participated in. Jim had a reputation of being a first-class storyteller and was always counted on for intriguing and humorous stories about life.
Jim’s other passions were tinkering in his beautiful garden, working on his showcase lawn,and fixing just about anything. He was so proud to live on the “Hill” in White Oak, PA.
If his family was his first love, the family cabin in McKean County, PA was his second. He so loved to spend time in the mountains, and always made sure you left as a friend.
Jim was a proud Cancer survivor and rang the bell in August 2020 at the Hillman Cancer Center in Shadyside, PA after an almost five year battle.
The family passes on their special thanks to the staff at The Manor at Market Square and AseraCare Home Hospice for their kind and special care provided to Jim.
A celebration of life will be held on Friday, March 24th at 2 pm at the Pottstown Presbyterian Church located at 750 North Evans Street, Pottstown, PA 19464.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jim’s memory can be made to Linway Presbyterian Church, 600 Lincoln Highway, North Versailles PA 15137 or The Intersection McKeesport, 115 7th Street, McKeesport, PA 15132 (www.intersection-mckeesport.org)
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