Francis Newton Herlitz

August 4, 1935December 4, 2012


Francis “Frank” Newton Herlitz was born on August 4, 1935 in Napa, CA and passed away on December 4, 2012 in Merced, CA at the age of 77.

Frank is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Pauline Herlitz.

He leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Josephine Herlitz; daughters, Colleen (Ray Anthony) Wright, Sheri Picciano, and Mary (Trevor) Nance; grandchildren, Brittany Herlitz, Stephanie Picciano, Brennon and James Nance, Elizabeth and Alexandria Donnelly, and Sean Kuisel; great grandchildren, Jaylyn Carbisiero and Lorali Nicewonger; and brother, Robert James Herlitz.

A viewing will be held at Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home, 1490 B St., Merced, CA on Friday, December 14, 2012 from 2:00pm-7:00pm with Recitation of Rosary at 6:00pm. Services will be at Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 10:00am with interment to follow at Merced District Cemetery. A reception will follow interment at the Stratford Evans Merced Reception Hall.

Arrangements are under the direction of Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home.


  • Visitation Friday, December 14, 2012
  • Rosary Service Friday, December 14, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 15, 2012

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Burt Hursh

January 23, 2013

I just found out today of my old best pal's passing. I am so sad.
Frank and I went to high school and worked at the old Purity Market together.
Being best friends Frank told me he was going to join the Air Force back in 1955. I decided to join up with him as we still might be together. Due to eye problems Frank didn't make it, but I did.
We lost contact after that but I did visit Frank and family couple of times through the years.
My sincerest symphathy to his wife and family. I lost my wife of 53 years several months prior to Franks passing. Burt


December 14, 2012

condolences to franks family i remember frank from when he worked at the hospital i was in dietary department he was in maintenance always was so nice to everyone RIP FRANK GOD BLESS THE FAMILY

Sally Villegas

December 13, 2012

Our sincere condolences Josie, Colleen and family on Frank's passing. May he rest in peace, no more pain and suffering.

December 12, 2012

Frank will always be remembered with that smile on his face.
Beryl & Larry

Billie Moore

December 12, 2012

Colleen, condolances and prayers for you and your family during this difficult time…so sorry for your loss.

Jesse (Norma) Taylor

December 12, 2012

Not sure if I would be remembered, but His mom & dad were my neighbors growing up. The Hogan girls.My name was Norma, the oldest daughter. Many times I visited with Pauline after we moved away. I remember all the girls... My heart goes out to each of you for the loss of your father. Been there... Please be comforted in knowing he is now reunited with those who passed before him and that he has missed. I hope your cherished memories comfort you during this most difficult time. Christina is remembered also. Feel free to contact me. With much sincerity, I wish you all the best. May God bless all of you.

Stephanie Cotta

December 12, 2012

Colleen, So sorry to hear about your dad !!! He was an awesome guy !!! He is probably still hugging my dad,up in Heaven !!! :) You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers !!! R.I.P FRANK LOVE,Stephanie Newby ( Cotta)

Dawn (Wilson) Douglas

December 12, 2012

For Josie and Family, Frank was a terrific neighbor, and great guy. I am sorry to hear of his passing. You are always in my thougts.

December 12, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with all the family during this difficult time.
Paula Feist

Cherie Mendenhall

December 12, 2012

May the memories of days past stay with you always,even as you create new special memories with your loved ones and friends.