A Mass of Christian Burial for Franklin Frederick Baumgartner, 77, a World War II veteran, retired letter carrier and life member of U-Crest Fire Company in Cheektowaga, will be offered at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 2049 George Urban Blvd., Depew.
Baumgartner, a native of Cheektowaga, died Monday (Feb. 12, 2001) at home, apparently of a heart attack.
He attended Pine Hill High School and worked as a lens polisher for Gibson & Doty before entering the U.S. Navy in 1943. He served aboard the destroyer USS Biscayne during the North African campaign and the invasion at Salerno, Sicily.
After he returned home from the war in 1946, he went back to work for Gibson & Doty. He worked for Bausch & Lomb from 1952 until 1960, then worked in the Sanitation Department of the Town of Cheektowaga from 1961 to 1965, when he went to work for what is now the U.S. Postal Service. He was a letter carrier in Williamsville until retiring in 1985.
At the time of his death, he was editor and publisher of the U-Crest Newsletter, a position he held for 16 years. He was a member of the Retired Letter Carriers Association and the Maryvale Men's Club.
He also was a life member of the Firemen's Association of New York and the Exempt Association of Cheektowaga. He was a member of the Exempt Association ofU-Crest Fire Company. He was a charter member of the Firemen's Memorial Exhibit Center of Western New York.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, the former Shirley Mary Meyer; a daughter, Marybeth Guenther of Cheektowaga; three sons, Gary of Depew and Paul and John, both of West Seneca; a sister, June Stahl of Coconut Beach, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.