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OCT. 8, 1919 -- MARCH 31, 2005

James F. Wegener, a retired machinist, died Thursday in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 85.

Mr. Wegener was born in Niagara Falls and graduated from Trott Vocational High School.

He served in the Army during World War II. He worked for more than 30 years as a machinist at Union Carbide Corp., retiring in July 1984.

Mr. Wegener was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church. He served on the church council, including four years as treasurer and financial secretary. He also volunteered for Meals on Wheels and enjoyed square dancing.

His wife of 39 years, Edith "Jean" Hanson Wegener, died in 1984.

Survivors include three sons, James Jr. of Youngstown, Carl H. of Niagara Falls and Erwin W. of the Town of Niagara; a daughter, Elaine I. Fees of Niagara Falls; a sister, Mary Jane Westgate of Niagara Falls; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Otto Redanz Funeral Home, 2215 Military Road, Town of Niagara. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lewiston.


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