Services for William F. Werkley Sr., 94, a longtime confectioner in North Tonawanda, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the John O. Roth Funeral Home, Morgan and William streets, City of Tonawanda. Burial will be in Elmlawn Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.
Werkley died Monday (May 22, 1989) in DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda, after a long illness.
A lifelong resident of the Tonawandas, Werkley began working at age 12 for R. T. Jones Lumber Co. in North Tonawanda. After three years there, he went to King Construction as a blueprint boy and went on to work for 27 years in various aspects of greenhouse construction.
In his later years, he worked for Du Pont Co. in Niagara Falls. He retired in 1968.
In 1919, he married Grace E. Hacker. Together, they founded Werkley's Home Made Candies. Originally, they made candy in the kitchen of their apartment. In 1924, they opened a candy shop and soda fountain at 115 Goundry St. in North Tonawanda. They operated the popular shop for 52 years before they retired in 1977.
Mrs. Werkley died in 1980.
Werkley served in the Army during World War I. He was a 70-year member of Tonawanda Lodge 247, F&AM; Tonawandas Post 264, American Legion; the First United Methodist Church in North Tonawanda, and the North Tonawanda Senior Citizens.
Survivors include a son, William F. Jr. of North Tonawanda; a daughter, Ann Start of Williamsville; four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.