John J. Woyshner Sr., a longtime florist in Lackawanna, died Saturday in his Hamburg home after a long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 69.
Born in Lackawanna, Mr. Woyshner graduated from Lackawanna High School. He attended Alfred State College and the University of Buffalo. He served in the Army from 1955 to 1958, assigned to communications duties while stationed in Korea.
Known as "Jack," he owned and operated Woyshner's Flower Shop in Lackawanna for the past 46 years.
Mr. Woyshner was a member of many local and national florists organizations and designed floral arrangements that were displayed at the White House during the Christmas season.
He also was a member of the South Shore Rotary Club; Father Baker Council 2243, Knights of Columbus; and SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Hamburg.
He enjoyed golfing, growing orchids and studying minerals and gems.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, the former Patricia Manley; two daughters, Andrea Starks of Derby and Kristine Fox of Brant; two sons, John J. Jr. of Hamburg and James of Lackawanna; two sisters, Barbara
Rosinski of Lackawanna and Karen Zil of Washington, D.C.; and 10 grandchildren.
Prayers will be said at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in Kaczor
Funeral Home, 3450 South Park Ave., Lackawanna, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Ridge Road and South Park Avenue, Lackawanna. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.