Francis Walter Pasterczyk, 81, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, of Westfield
Francis Walter Pasterczyk, 81, passed away at peace with his Lord, with family by his side, on Saturday February 9th, 2019. The devoted husband of Helen M. Pasterczyk, Francis was a cherished and loving father to John, Mark, Christine, Karen, Claire and Peter. To those who knew him, his faith and family were the cornerstones and foundation of all he held dear.
Born in 1938 in Springfield, MA to Walter and Regina Pasterczyk, Francis attended St. Rose Elementary School, Chicopee, MA and Cathedral High School, Springfield, MA, Class of 1954. Graduating from the University of Massachusetts, Class of 1958, he went on to Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a National Science Institute grant to complete a Doctor of Science degree in 1962.
Francis and Helen married in Massachusetts in June, 1962 and shortly thereafter moved to NJ where he began his career as a chemical engineer for Exxon in Florham Park. Subsequent positions for Exxon transferred him to Linden, NJ where he held various positions, notably as Special Projects Manager for Exxon’s Elastomers Technology Division. During his career Francis and Helen travelled with young children to Billings, Montana and Melbourne, Australia, where he oversaw refinery installations at refineries in both locations. Before retiring in April, 1993 Francis travelled widely for projects and work assignments, establishing business and personal connections with fellow scientists and engineers in Australia, Canada, France, and Japan where he also discovered the wonders of Japan’s excellent Sashimi cuisine.
Summers would find him spending memorable weeks with his family, enjoying the beautiful Wellfleet Cape Cod seashore and surf fishing with his sons, a lifelong yearly pleasure. After retirement, in addition to hiking the hills and valleys of Scotland, he established a 20-year relationship with the Crossword Centre and Magpie crossword puzzle doers in the UK where he was valued as an inspirational puzzle solver.
Predeceased by his parents, Walter and Regina Pasterczyk, Francis is survived by the love of his life, Helen Pasterczyk, his wife of 56 years; their children John Pasterczyk (Beverly), Mark Pasterczyk (Susan), Christine Pasterczyk (James), Karen Pasterczyk Shay (Russ), Claire Pasterczyk Seabolt (Billy), Peter Pasterczyk (Amy); his nine grandchildren Andrew, Katherine, Sierra, Casey, Hunter, Tripp, Jessica, Knox and Finian; brother Ronald (Cynthia) and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation for Francis will be from 4 to 7 pm Friday, February 15th, and again beginning at 9am Saturday at the Dooley Colonial Home, 556 Westfield Ave. Westfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 16 at 10 am in the Parish of St. Helen, Lamberts Mill Road in Westfield. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Westfield. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions in Frank’s memory to St. Joseph’s Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless or to a charity of your choosing. Funeral arrangements are being made by Dooley Colonial Funeral Home in Westfield.