Emerson F. Wendel, 88, a longtime City of Tonawanda firefighter, died Sunday (Sept. 20, 1998) at his Clearwater, Fla., home after a brief illness.
A Tonawanda native with 31 years of service in the Fire Department, he retired as assistant fire chief in 1972 before moving to Florida.
From the late 1940s through the 1960s he owned and operated Wendel's Ornamental Iron Railing Works and Wendel's Model Train Service out of his home.
He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Fire Department at Fort Niagara in Youngstown during World War II. He was appointed as fire training officer in 1964 and was a life member of the Niagara Hose Company. He was an honorary member of the National Hose Company, Union Hook and Ladder Company and Delaware Hose Company.
He was also a life member of the Western New York Volunteer Firemen's Association; past president and member of the New York State Permanent Firemen's Association; and a member of the New York State Fire Instructors Association; Tonawanda Lodge 247, F&AM; Tonawanda Chapter 278, Royal Arch Masons; Tonawanda Commandery 78, Knights Templar; Ismailia Temple; and the Buffalo-Grand Island Shriners Club.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, the former Henrietta Fahldick of Clearwater; two sons, Thomas of Buffalo and James of the City of Tonawanda; seven grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in John O. Roth Funeral Home, Morgan and William streets, City of Tonawanda. Burial will be in Elmlawn Cemetery.