John Jacob Vollenweider, Sr., of Metairie, answered his “last alarm” Saturday September 19, 2020. He was 81 years old. He was the beloved husband of the late Joanna Esta Vollenweider for nearly 36 years. He is survived by his son, John Vollenweider, Jr. (Evie), his daughter, Julie Vollenweider Lind (Chris, Sr.), his grandson Christopher Lind, Jr., his granddaughters, Caitlin and Kirsten Vollenweider, his sisters Gloria Vollenweider Stromeyer, and Betty Jean Vollenweider Reed. He is also survived by and will be sadly missed by numerous nieces and nephews and his longtime friend Jackie Casey. John was preceded in death by his wife Joanna Esta Vollenweider, his granddaughter Jennifer Marie Lind; his father Morris Joseph Vollenweider, Sr., and his mother Rosalie DeLuca Wright Vollenweider, both natives of New Orleans; his brothers, Morris J. Vollenweider, Jr., Raymond A. Vollenweider, Sr., Joseph G. Wright, Sr., and sister Mary Wright Robin.
John was a native of Jefferson Parish, (Metairie), a graduate of Saint Catherine of Siena Elementary School, Sacred Heart High School, Delgado College, served in the Air National Guard, and retired from the Jefferson Parish Fire Department as an Assistant Chief with over 31 years of service. After he retired he enjoyed his association with Welliver Productutions, and Barberito Photographers.
He was active and held office in numerous organizations, professional, social and philanthropic, including AFL-CIO #1076, Louisiana State Firemen’s Association, East Bank Chiefs Association, A.A.R.P., and The Good Old Metairie Boys. He was a long-time supporter of and season ticket holder for the Jefferson Performing Arts Society (J.P.A.S.), and Kenner’s Rivertown Theaters for the performing arts, and long-time season ticket holder and member of the Bull Pen Club of the New Orleans Zephyrs.
He loved photography, cruises, and camping and was a member and State officer of the National Campers and Hikers Association, (N.C.H.A).
The family request that in lieu of flowers contributions be made in his memory at the Go Fund Me page on the Louisiana Fallen Firemen’s Memorial facebook page or at https://www.gofundme.com/f/house-for-the-spirit-of-louisiana. This was an endeavor that he spearheaded and would greatly appreciate your support.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Services at Garden of Memories Funeral Home & Cemetery, 4900 Airline Drive Metairie, LA 70001 on Saturday, September 26, 2020. Visitation will begin at 9:00 am with services starting at 11:00 am followed by interment. Livestream and condolences may be found at www.gardenofmemoriesmetairie.com.
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