Wadsworth, OH

John Edwin Wiedey, 78, of Wadsworth OH died Monday, January 9, 2017 at Wadsworth Pointe following a period of declining health.

John was born in Akron OH on August 3, 1938. In his teens, he discovered his passions for his hero Thomas Edison and for antique restoration and collecting. He graduated from Buchtel High School in 1956 and pursued a degree in chemistry from Purdue University, but returned to Akron after being diagnosed with diabetes, graduating from the University of Akron. It was there that he met the love of his life, Frances Graham, who was his dentist’s assistant and to whom he was happily married for 49 years. They settled in Wadsworth in 1970, buying the historic Victorian home of his Nolf relatives. He took great pride in restoring this home over the years and using it as a showcase for his extensive collection of antiques, collectibles, and the phonographs that were his pride and joy. He was a member of Questers Organization and the Michigan Antique Phonograph Society. As a member of the Wadsworth Cribbage Club, he wrote a column in the local paper under the pseudonym Johnny Double Run. With his wife, he was a longtime member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and in later years a curator of the Wadsworth Historical Society museum.

He is survived by his wife Frances (nee Graham) of Wadsworth; son John (Amy Lloyd) of Bedford MA; daughter Beth (Phil) Gilbert of Columbus OH; grandchildren, Angus Wiedey and Graham Gilbert. He was preceded in death by parents Donovan and Martha (nee Nolf), sister Martha Louise Pinder, and many beloved pets.

A memorial service will be conducted 11 am Saturday at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 146 College St., Wadsworth where the family will receive friends on hour prior to the service from 10-11am. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Mark’s church.