John James Wegener

October 8, 1940February 25, 2019

John James Wegener, 78, of Traverse City, MI passed away peacefully on February 25th, 2019 at Ritter’s Assisted Living. John was born on October 8th, 1940 to John and Bernadine (Michels) Wegener in Detroit, MI.

John was a fan of watching sporting events on TV; especially Detroit Tigers, Lions, and the MSU Spartans. Most importantly though, he enjoyed spending time with his family.

John is survived by his sisters, Mary Mancuso of Venice, FL and Therese (Jack) Gaylord of Mesick; and his brothers, Robert (Pauline) of Empire, Bernard (Linda) of East Lansing, William (Carolyn) of Lake , James (Sue) of Traverse City , and Thomas (Cheryl) of Williamsburg. He was a proud uncle/great uncle of numerous nieces and nephews

John was preceded in death by his brother Joseph, Frank Mancuso, and his beloved dog, Sarge.

Many thanks to his neighbors whom he cherished and to Ritter’s Assisted Living. Memorials may be directed to St. Patrick Church.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, March 9th, 2019 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Traverse City at 10:00 AM, with a funeral mass to follow at 11:00 AM.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City, MI


  • St. Patrick Catholic Church


  • Visitation Saturday, March 9, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, March 9, 2019

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David Brouse

March 9, 2019

Just thinking about Johnny.
I have all great memories!
Trading baseball cards, which I still have.
Building things our of popsicle sticks & whatever we could find down in the basement or out in the garage of grandpa’s house.
I remember Johnny and I raking many pine needles and loading them into that handy little 2 wheel cart!
I remember and will never forget the only one crazy enough to play catch with the football in a foot of snow in the back yard of grandpa’s house after watching the lions every Sunday!
I’ll never forget my friend & my awesome uncle who never said no to a busy little boy!!!!
David Brouse

Carolyn Wegener

March 7, 2019

by Samantha Wegener Rye, Uncle John's niece - "Well, there is not one memory that I can pin down to sum up my relationship with Uncle John. There are just too many events running around in my head. So I would like to share one, I feel, important lesson what my Uncle Johnny taught me.
When I was young he played with me like any other child would and that continued through out my life time. As I grew into an adult he could still bring out the child in me, going back to the good ole days of happy childhood wonder together.
He taught me that no matter how old I got there was still time to be a kid.
This life example never has left me and I hope it never will. I am still a kid at heart because of him! This is what made my uncle so special to me.
I am forever grateful for my Uncle John, his gentle and playful heart."
- - Samantha Wegener Rye

John Scamehorn

March 7, 2019

My sincere condolences to the Wegener family on your brother John’s passing. Growing up on the west side of TC and being close friends with Jim and Tom allowed me to have a special friendship with John. Couldn’t ask for a nicer, friendlier person to share time with. The lasting memory of John that stayed with me is of the Wegener family sitting together every Sunday at Immaculate Conception Church, three or four rows from the front on the right side. Peace be with you all.

Alexis (Hanson) Janca

March 3, 2019

I lived in the same neighborhood for Johnny for many years. He was always sweet and helpful and kind. When my dad told me he passed away I was so sorry to hear it. He will be missed!!

Cecilia Beles

February 27, 2019

When I was in High School, I was invited to the Wagener home for parties and visits with John's sister Therese. I watched John help his mother fix lunch and care for the many toddlers that she lovely cared for. I was always touched by the attention and kind assistance he gave his mother and her charges. He was a very kind, loving and giving soul. I know he will be missed by many. The world needs more people like John. Many he rest in peace.

Emalie Littlepage Mobarekeh

February 26, 2019

I remember the great evening my husband,Mike and our 2 daughters spent with Johnnie,Bernie and my sister Linda at our home in Florida. I can vouch for his happiness,curiosity and joy he had that evening. We all laughed and really enjoyed his spontaneity! Truly,what a sweet soul he had. I am sure he will be missed.

Bernie Wegener

February 26, 2019

About 20 years ago my wife, Linda, and I decided to treat John to a Disney world trip in Florida. We took him on his first airplane trip, and stayed 3 nights at Frontierland in the park. John was ecstatic! We love seeing how excited he was and how much fun he had just being a big kid. His favorite ride was “runaway” train! He took it 3 times! One of the most daring rides, and he loved it! Another night we had a three hour steak dinner with John. The wait staff treated him like a king! Anyone who knows John can vouch for his slow eating ability, which was right on target that night. They almost closed the door on us! That was a very memorable trip for all of us.
Bernie wegener, Johns brother