The family of John T. Bresler III was in Wayne on Friday to make a presentation to the Wayne Public Library.
Bressler's two living children, John H. Bressler and Patricia Bressler Chatt, presented a check for just over $188,000 to Library Foundation member Linda Anderson. Also part of the presenation were Rusty Parker and Pat Gross, two of the members of the fundraising committee that worked to raise funds to build the present library, which opened in 1996.
John T. Bressler, III, was the son of John T. Bressler Jr. and Helen Main Bressler. He was born in Wayne on Aug. 10, 1923. He graduated in 1941 from Wayne State Teacher’s College High School. He entered Dartmouth College in the fall of 1941, and in the spring of 1942, he entered the Army. He returned to Dartmouth after his service and graduated with the Class of 1945. He then entered the Amos Tuck School of Business in Dartmouth and graduated with an MBA in 1949. After graduation he took a job in Chicago as and account/CPA and worked for various companies in the Chicago area for 30+ years. On Nov. 30, 1956 he married Frances Louise Adams and they eventually made their home in Lake Forest, Ill. where they raised their family. They had three children, Patricia Bressler Chatt (James), Anne Elizabeth Bressler, and John H. Bressler (Suzanne). After Frances’ death in 1983, John reconnected with M. Josephine Ahern, also of Wayne, and they were married June 21, 1986 and made their home in New York City.
During Friday's check presentation, John and Patricia spoke of their father's love of the city of Wayne and his desire to provide funds to the library.