As the Corona Virus plague sweeps through America, another shining member of our Greatest Generation, Korean War Veteran Michael Wrotniak, 92, of Glen Cove, New York, succumbed to complications of the disease, two days after testing positive.
“He became a man of the world,” said his son, Michael Wrotniak of Mount Vernon, New York, told Newsday. He also noted that his father had served in the Army’s counterintelligence corps in Germany during the Korean War.
The youngest of seven children, Michael A. Wrotniak Jr. was born in 1928. He left Niagara Falls to attend Georgetown’s School of Service, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1948, followed by his master’s degree in 1950.
Wrotniak returned to Niagara in 1952 to a position with Great Lakes Carbon Corp., subsequently moving to the company headquarters in New York City. He rose from a salesman to senior vice president, setting up company units in Argentina and India.
He met his wife of 55 years, Carol Wrubleski, at a social gathering in Manhattan. Wrotniak is the father-in-law of Democrat State Representative and former Glen Cove Mayor Tom Souzzi.
Wrotniak died at Glen Cove Hospital, in New York.