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Chesapeake - Frederick J. Ackermann, 94, went home peacefully to be with the Lord on September 11, 2013. He was born on June 9, 1919 in Greenfield, MA and was the son of Frederick H. Ackermann and Lillian Beauvais Ackermann. He was one of three children and is predeceased by sisters, Gertrude Ackermann Rogers and Elizabeth Ackermann Faber. He was married on September 29, 1940 to the love of his life, the late Wanda Zaneski Ackermann.
He retired from John's Auto Body Shop as an auto body mechanic. He was a Captain for the Greenfield Call Fire Department for many years. He was a Charter Member of The Elks Club in Turners Falls, MA. Upon retirement, he and wife, Wanda moved to Virginia Beach, VA to be close to their daughter and family.
Other survivors include his daughter, Virginia "Ginnie" Ackermann Niedzwiedz and her husband, Michael; son, Frederick Joseph Ackermann, Jr. and his late wife, Elaine; grandchildren, Brenda Niedzwiedz Bedwell and her husband, Russell, Cheryl Niedzwiedz Valentine and her husband, Steven, Lynn Niedzwiedz Roenker and her husband, Steven, Robert Ackermann and the late Todd Ackermann. He is also leaving behind nine great grandchildren that he loved dearly, Joshua, Jill, Jarred, Jeffrey, Wesley, Jason, Brittany, Alexis, and Steven and a great great-granddaughter, Lillian.
A Memorial Service to celebrate his life will be held on Monday, September 16, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. at Graham Funeral Home, 1112 Kempsville Road, Chesapeake, VA. Burial will be in South Deerfield, MA at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Baptist Church Building Fund, 1832 Elbow Road, Chesapeake, VA. Please visit his Book of Memories at www.grahamfuneralhome.com where you may view the service if unable to attend or leave a note to the family.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Sept. 15, 2013