Frank Thissell III
1953 - 2021
July 22, 1953
April 12, 2021
Frank J. Thissell, III, 67

LANCASTER - Frank J. Thissell, III, died Monday, April 12, 2021, in Clinton Hospital, after a period of declining health. He was 67, and had spend his last days at home, surrounded by the love and care of his family.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Karen A. (Lane) Thissell; their children: Jacob Thissell of Washington, D.C., and Krystin Thissell, and her partner, Christian Parry, of Lancaster; two grandchildren: Olivia and Mason Parry; his mother, Jacqueline E. (Sipes) Thissell, of Billerica; three siblings: Jacqueline M. Thissell and her companion, Paul, of Haverhill, Eric A. Thissell and his companion, Marcia, of Billerica, and Catherine T. Thissell, and her husband, Tom, of Acton. He was predeceased by his father, Frank J. Thissell, Jr., a brother, Clifford V. Thissell, a sister, Suzanne E. Thissell, and an infant brother, Robert Thissell.

Frank was born in Chelsea and raised in Stoughton and Billerica. He was a graduate of Billerica High School and earned a certification in electronics from a technical school.

He met the love of his life, Karen, while both were employed at the former Digital Equipment Corp., where he worked for 13 years. He then spent several years doing consultation work, before accepting a position with IPG Photonics, Oxford, in 2004, where he remained until retiring at the end of 2020. He was a long-time resident of Lancaster.

An accomplished candlepin bowler, Frank enjoyed fishing, golfing, and gardening; spending time in nature, enjoying the solitude of the outdoors. He was a logical thinker, with a mechanical mind, who loved cooking delicious meals for his family.

Frank's funeral will be held on Monday, April 19, 2021, with a Mass at 11:00 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 80 Union St., Clinton. Please go directly to the church. In accordance with current guidelines, the use of facemasks and the practice of social distancing will be required. Burial will be private. There are no public calling hours. In lieu of flowers, the Thissell family suggests that memorial donations be made to Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice, 3 Patterson Rd., Suite 3, Shirley, MA 01464. Arrangements are under the care and direction of McNally & Watson Funeral Home, 304 Church St., Clinton.

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Published by Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Apr. 14 to Apr. 17, 2021.
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St. John the Evangelist Church
80 Union St., Clinton, Massachusetts
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Greta Haldeman
April 26, 2021
Beautful video tribute to this great man! Thinking of you and the family Karen!!
Melissa Lord
April 21, 2021
Karen, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband, Frank. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. God Bless. /Karen
April 19, 2021
Karen and family, so sorry to hear the news of Frank´s passing. Our sincere condolences.
Joanne & John Duffin
April 17, 2021
Catherine, I am so sorry for your loss. May your memories of him bring you comfort.
Donna Walker
April 17, 2021
Karen, Ben and I were saddened to hear of Frank's passing. We are thinking of you and hoping that your memories of Frank as a dad, husband and friend live on in your hearts. Love, Barbara and Ben
Barbara and Ben Orlowitz
April 17, 2021
We're so sorry to hear about Frank.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you,
Bill & Marcia
Marcia Daunis
April 16, 2021
I'm very sorry to hear that Frank has passed away. I worked with Frank for many years at Digital .He was great guy .
Brian Gaffney
April 16, 2021
Dear Karen and the Thissell family,
We are deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Frank and can only imagine how heavy your hearts are.
We will cherish the memories of the great times we shared together in Cancun, Vegas, and Niagara. It was so unfortunate that covid prevented us from visiting you at the Cape last fall. We will surely miss him dearly.
We wish all the family great strength in the difficult days that lie ahead. We pray that the love that surrounds you gives you some comfort and peace. Sooo sorry we can't be there.

Much love,

Jacqueline & Tom Jones - Canada
Jacqueline & Tom Jones
April 15, 2021
My wife, Joyce and I have known Frank and his devoted wife, Karen, for SO many years and their exemplary love and devotion to one another and their family. We will always remember Frank's wry humor and family-first lifestyle. May God bless Frank as he enters His kingdom and may Karen and family find greater faith to persevere through this mournful times.
Tom Poirier
April 14, 2021