Francis D. Franz
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Former 50 Year Resident of Norwalk
Francis D. Franz, age 88, died peacefully with his family by his side, in Wallingford on Wednesday, August 15, 2012. He was a resident of Norwalk, CT for 50 years prior to moving to Masonicare of Wallingford in 2009. He was married for more than 55 years to the late Patricia Chisholm Franz. Born in Boston, MA on September 12, 1923, he was the son of the late Jacob and Mary McMaster Franz. Francis graduated from Center School in Coventry, CT, Class of 1937, and Windham High School, Class of 1941. He went on to serve his country in the U.S. Air Force during WW II, stationed in Italy. Following his service he attended Willimantic State Teacher's College and graduated in 1951. It was there that he met the love of his life, and future wife, Patricia Chisholm of Millburn, NJ. He also attended NYU for his Sixth year degree in Education. They both began their teaching careers at Hamilton School in Greenwich, CT. Francis and Pat married in 1955 and he continued teaching at Western Junior High School in Greenwich until his retirement. After he retired, Francis worked at Fairfield County Bank in Norwalk. Francis was a long time parishioner of St. Thomas the Apostle Church, sang with the Norwalk Choral Group and was active in the Norwalk AARP.
He is survived by two sons and a daughter, Michael Franz and his wife Catherine of Newbridge, Ireland, Peter Franz and his wife Marjorie of Norwalk, and Mary Anne Franz and her spouse Carol Keogh of Stratford, five loving grandchildren; Rory, Daniel and Katie Franz of Ireland, John and Jennie Franz of Danbury. Francis will be remembered by all for his kindness, wonderful sense of humor, his quick wit, infectious laugh, and his love of dogs. His love of history always meant there wasn't a story far behind. He loved long conversations about teaching, politics, current events and geneology. Although he never played, Francis never missed watching a golf tournament on TV! He was extremely devoted to his family, faith and friends. He will be missed by us all.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 11 AM at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 203 East Ave., Norwalk with a private burial to follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in Coventry. The family will receive friends at the Magner Funeral Home, 12 Mott Ave., Norwalk on Monday from 4-7 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to Masonic Charity Foundation of CT, 74 Cheshire Rd., Wallingford, CT, 06492.
For directions or to sign an online guest book, please go to magnerfuneralhome.com
Published in The Hour from August 18 to August 19, 2012