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Francis A. Waltz
October 19, 1939 ~ October 14, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Francis Arthur Waltz (83), of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, passed away on October 14, 2023.
Francis is survived by his loving wife Lorraine of 66 years and four children (Gary, Sharon, Pamela, and Steven); five grandchildren (Meghann, Marissa, Lauren, Matthew, and Brittany); and six great-grandchildren (Ella, Grace, Emily, Elijah, Eleanor, Alivia, and an expected great-granddaughter in November). Dad loved his family deeply, always putting his family’s needs before his own.
Dad loved spending quality time with his grandchildren. He enjoyed watching his grandson play baseball (never missing a game and always sitting at 1st base), playing games and dress-up with his granddaughters (enjoying every moment of recreating Beauty and the Beast and face-painting), and attending his grandchildren’s events. Celebrating their lives was his joy.
Dad’s love and commitment to his family was a priority, and his career of 47 Years working in the Paper Mills. At 20, Dad started his career at Number 6 Mill, working his way to Superintendent at Number 8 Mill. After Number 8 Mill closed, Dad returned to where he began his career – Number 6 Mill until his retirement in 2014.
Dad spent many years in his retirement traveling with his wife, Lorraine, often visiting his children, their spouses, and grandchildren in Atlanta, Georgia, Mount Airy, North Carolina, and Chicago, Illinois. When he wasn’t traveling, he visited his daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren and watched the Boston Red Sox.
Dad was always willing to help anyone in need and his family in any way he could. Dad had a zest for fun and celebration. He was always making sure that his family was well cared for.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, October 19, 2023, at the Our Lady of the Lake Church, 1400 Main St., Leominster, MA, at 11 AM. All relatives and friends are welcome to attend. Following the Mass, burial services will follow in the Pieta Chapel at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s’ Association (https://www.alz.org/manh).