Walter Moss Frankenberger, Jr.

walter frankenberger, jr.
Walter Moss Frankenberger, Jr., 83, beloved husband of 56 years to Mary Alice Johnson Frankenberger, of New Haven, passed away on May 29, 2010 surrounded by his family. He was born in New Haven on June 27, 1926 to the late Walter M. and Harriet Ettinger Frankenberger, Sr. Besides his wife, Walter is survived by his two daughters, Caryl Frankenberger of Branford and her husband Ted Backes, Jane Frankenberger of Branford; son Walter (Terry) Frankenberger III of New York City and his partner David Oh; grandchildren, Benjamin and Cameron Backes and Rebecca and Jenna Vitale all of Branford. Walter is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale University . He was employed for a short time at Union Carbide in West Virginia before spending the next 47 years with Uniroyal Chemical Company in Naugatuck as a chemical engineer as well as in management. He was president and board member of the Naugatuck United Fund, president and board member of Spring Glen Schools PTA , president of Ridge Top Club, a founding member and president of Temple Emanuel, and president and board member of Prospect Gardens Condo Association. Walter also volunteered on the YNHH cardiac floors and at the Creative Arts Workshop Library. A Memorial Service will be held at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, on Thursday, June 3rd at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be private. Contributions in Walter's memory may be sent to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405 or Phillip's Exeter Academy, 20 Main St., Exeter, NH 03833-2460.

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  1. Dear Mary Alice, I was very sadden to hear about Walters passing. We worked together for many years and I have very fond memories of him. My prayers are with you and your family.

  2. I am so sorry to hear of Walter’s passing. He was such a kind and gentle man and I enjoyed seeing him at all the Exeter events. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  3. Walter always had a great sense of humor and I enjoyed working with him at Uniroyal Chemical.

  4. We were deeply saddened over the news of Walter’s passing. Our deepest sympathies go out to Mary Alice and family members. He was a special friend and will be missed by all who had the pleasure to know him.

  5. Dear Jane, Becca, Jenna & Family: I was so sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. May all your wonderful memories help you through this very difficult time. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. With Sympathy, Love & Friendship, Bunny

  6. I had just run into you both at the lab last yr. I was able to share memories with Walter regarding our time at the Volvo and Pilot pen tourney. My Mom and I worked together with Walt in transportation..What a fine man he was. We shared some really good laughs and when I got crazy Walter was always there to calm me down .. I was blessed to have spent so many days with him overr the tourney yrs. He always spoke so much of his wonderful wife and the kids and grandkids. Walter will be missed.. My thoughts and prayers are with you all…

  7. Knowing Walter and being his friend has been a treasure in my life. My love and sympathy to you, Mare. and your very special family. My heart, thoughts and sympathy are with you all. Love Diane

  8. Mary Alice – I am so sorry to hear about Walter’s passing, but I am so happy that I was able to see him at the alumni luncheon. He was such a wonderful man. I really enjoyed working with him all those years ago. My condolences to you and your family. With sympathy – Louise

  9. MaryAnn and I want to extend our sincere condolences to the entire Frankenberger family. We will continue to keep you in our prayers.

  10. Dear Mary Alice, From the first time I met you and Walter some 25 yrs. ago, you have both remained two of my favorite people. Simple words cannot the sadness that now comes with Walter’s passing. I will forever remember his sense of humor and easy-going presence. He was a generous, caring person who always chose to have a .cup-half-full. attitude. Walter was TRULY a GREAT man and in many ways that has a lot to do with having YOU as his wife… you were a fabulous couple. Be well – know that Susan and I are thinking of your entire family today – and if there is anything I can do for you at anytime, you know where to find me. Take care, Tom. Dear Jane, I’m honored to have known your Dad, and I have you to thank for that. I know how much he meant to you and can only imagine how difficult his passing is for you. I’m sorry you have to go through this – hang in there – it will get better. Take care of yourself, Tom.

  11. I will think of Walter along the sidelines, at the countless soccer games (of Ben, Becca, and Jenna) that Will & Emma played in with his grandchildren. And the delightful — and delicious — Chinese .brunch. we spent together in New Canaan, after one of Will & Ben’s games with Magic. Walter actually had his own, special .magic., which he generously shared with all the rest of us. Thank you, Backes and Frankenberger families, for sharing Walter with your soccer friends and families. We shall miss him.

  12. Mary Alice I want to express my sincerest condolences. Walter and I worked together in the 1970’s and he was always a source of good advice counsel. A good person to know and work with. Shel Salzman

  13. Dear Mary Alice, Was so very sorry to learn of Walter’s passing. He was a most impressive gentleman, and together, you made a wonderful couple. May you and your family find comfort in your warm memories. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. So sorry to here the news. Worked with Walter in Naugatuck and his brother-in-law at Teleco Oilfield Services. Sadly, both are now gone. Fond memories of both these gentlemen.

  15. My memories with Walter are at the Pilot Pen tennis every year for at least the past ten years. I have been with Player Services and Walter was in charge of the vans and cars coming and going outside of player services. You can count on him to get it right. We surely missed him last year. I just found out today that he is no longer with us. Walter was not at the Pilot Pen last year as a volunteer but his wife drove him to the site to pay a visit to the transportation tent. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. DarleneI

  16. Both Arnold and Jean send their deepest sympathies to Mary Alice and Family. We remember Walter from happy days at the New Haven Lawn Club. He was a warm and dear man.

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