Edward M. Franz
December 26, 1937 – January 12, 2016
Edward M. Franz, age 78, of New Castle, DE, was led home to Heaven to be reunited with his beloved wife, Helga on Tuesday, January 12, 2016.
Born in Pittsburgh, PA on December 26, 1937, Edward was a son of the late Anthony L. Franz, Sr. and Mary Eleanor (Kiefer) Franz. A career U.S. Army Staff Sergeant, he completed over 25 years of military service in Korea, Germany, Vietnam and various other installations in America before retiring. Edward met Helga Brückner at her birthday party on April 8, 1963 while he was serving one of many tours of duty in Germany. On September 3rd of the same year, they traveled to Basil, Switzerland to be married. For the next 17 years, Helga and Edward were inseparable, except for when they were parted by his service in Vietnam. They raised four children together and the family enjoyed their assignments to Germany and vacationing there each year.
After his retirement, Edward and Helga enjoyed another 33 years of married bliss together prior to her passing on February 17, 2014.
In addition to his parents and beloved Helga, he was preceded in death by his mother and father in law, Gunda and Fritz Brückner; sister, Mary Eleanor Pawlak; brother in law, Fritz; sisters in law, Louse and her husband, Werner and Ingrid and her husband, Ken; grandson, Robert Wingler; and a nephew Harold. Edward is survived by his children, Harry Brückner (Darlene) of Middletown, DE, Darlyne Curry of Bear, DE, Diane Wingler (John) of Sheridan, WY and Charlotte Delker (John) of Elkton, MD; brothers, Anthony L. Franz, Jr. (Linda) of Pittsburgh, PA; George R. Franz (Carol) of Fountain, CO; brother in law, Stanley Pawlak of Pittsburgh, PA; 14 grandchildren, Tim, Brandon, Brooke, Sean, Brea, Chasity, Sabrina, Mark, Glen, Rebecca, Lillian, MacKenzie, Jamaal and Diane; and many great grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Saturday morning, January 16, 2016, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am. Interment will be held privately in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear, DE.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans of Delaware, PO Box 407, Camden, DE 19934.