North Andover, Ma — Frederic J. Fritzler, 88, of North Andover, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 13, at Lahey Hospital in Burlington, surrounded by his loving family.
Fred was born in Noblesville, Ind., on December 28, 1924, to the late Frederic and Dorothy (Mills) Fritzler. As a teen, he relocated with his family to Lowell, Mass., where he attended Lowell High School. Immediately after completing high school, he proudly began his military service with the U.S. Marines Corps, first during World War II, and later the Korean War.
After completing his military service, Fred attended Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. Upon graduation, he began his 48-year-long career with Wentworth as an engineer working in their upper space research program, as well as an instructor, until his retirement in 1988.
Fred is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Theresa (Terry Crimmins) of North Andover; his three beloved daughters, Carolyn Hall of Methuen, Linda Riordan and her husband, Jack, of Kingston, Mass., and Theresa Fritzler of North Andover; four grandchildren, Tiffany (Hall) Oliveira and her husband, Phil, and Matthew, Jennifer and Julia Riordan; a great-grandson, Trevor Hall; and several nieces and nephews. His sisters, Mary McCue and Madeline Milinazzo; his mother-in-law, Josephine Crimmins; his son-in-law, Ralph Hall; and his grandson, Derek Hall, all predeceased him.
Fred settled in Lawrence to raise his family, and was a parishioner of St. Patrick Parish. After relocating to North Andover, they began attending St. Michael Parish. Fred enjoyed spending time with his family camping in Maine during summer months, and later, traveling to Florida during winter months with his wife.
ARRANGEMENTS: A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, at 10 a.m., at St. Michael Parish in North Andover. Military honors will take place at the conclusion of Mass. A private family burial will take place at a later date. There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made in Fred's name to St. Michael Parish.
For directions, or to offer condolences, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.