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AYER — Francis M. Woelfel, Jr., 81, of 18 Pond Street, died Thursday, May 28 at the Apple Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Ayer.

His wife of 54 years, Elsbeth “Elsie” (Ranft) Woelfel, died in July of last year.

Mr. Woelfel was born in South Boston, August 16, 1927, a son of Francis M. and Rose (Towle) Woelfel and has resided in Ayer for 40 years.

He is survived by a son, Michael P. Woelfel of Pepperell; two daughters, Elke I. Shepard of Ayer, Rosemary A. Pecukonis of Pepperell; a brother, John Woelfel of Whitman; three sisters, Patricia Woelfel of Concord, NH, Ann Faherty-Scheles of Natick, Judi Donahoe of Randolph; seven grandchildren, Christy Shepard, Nicholas Pecukonis, Lauren Pecukonis, Timothy Woelfel, Andrew Pecukonis, Sarah Woelfel, and Julie Pecukonis. He also leaves a great-grandson; Jake Driscoll.

For over 24 years, Mr. Woelfel served his country in the United States Army having served during WW II, Korean and Vietnam eras. He retired in 1969 at the rank of Master Sergeant. Following his retirement from the armed forces, Mr. Woelfel worked and an electronics tester for 16 years at Warren Communications in Littleton, retiring in 1980.

He was a life member of the Ayer Gun & Sportsman’s Club where he was instrumental in many of the charitable programs there including volunteering his time as a caller in the Bingo program, assisting in the organizing of cookouts for the Disabled American Veterans as well as children with special needs. He was a life member of the Ayer American Legion Post. Frank was active in the Ayer Boy Scout Troop 2 and served as their treasurer for many years. Several years ago he was publicly recognized for his many years of service to the troop.

A funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 31 at the T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, 25 Fitchburg Road, (Rte 2A) Ayer. A visitation period will be held Sunday from 2 p.m. until the time of the service. Please see for additional information.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ayer Boy Scout Troop 2 c/o Ayer Rod & Gun Club, Snake Hill Road, Ayer, MA 01432 or to the Charity Account of the Ayer Rod & Gun Club, Snake Hill Road, Ayer, MA 01432.

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