FRANCONIA - Wilfred "Willie" L. Wessels, 87, of Franconia passed away Thursday, June 13, 2013, at the Lafayette Center in Franconia.
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Willie lived in Franconia his entire life except for the time he spent in the military. He graduated from Dow Academy in Franconia. He was a PFC in the U.S. Army during World War II and served in the Philippines. He ran the printing press for the Littleton Courier for over 30 years before retiring.
Willie was an active volunteer for his entire adult life. He was a longtime member of the VFW - Howard Shawney Post #816 in Littleton and served as quartermaster for several years. He served as selectman for the Town of Franconia from 1961-1979, he was a volunteer fire fighter and served as department treasurer for 17 years, and served as a water commissioner for the Franconia Water Department for 29 years. Willie enjoyed spending time with his family, camping, playing cards and cheering for the Red Sox, Patriots and the Celtics. The family would like to give a special thank you to all of the people from Lafayette that took such good care of Willie.
Willie is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marge Wessels; three daughters, Deb Johnson and her husband, Skip of Newbury, Sue Wessels and her husband, Tracy Sousa of Mansfield, Mass. and Roxi Wessels of Franconia; a son, Will Wessels and his wife, Sue of Epsom; six grand-children, Tim, Betsy and her husband, Michael, Matt, Ryan, Alex and Katy; one great-grandchild, Anna; and a brother, John Wessels of Littleton.
Willie was predeceased by his sisters, Katherine Splude and Helen Cassidy.
Services will be held Saturday, June 22, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. with a service immediately following at the Pillsbury Phaneuf Funeral Home in Littleton.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Franconia Fast Squad, PO Box 900, Franconia, 03580.
Arrangements and care have been entrusted to the Pillsbury Phaneuf Funeral Home and Crematorium. For more information, please visit our website at pillsburyphaneuf.com.
Published in The Concord Monitor on June 15, 2013