OBITUARY

David A. Franz

June 10, 1943June 9, 2021

David A. Franz, age 77, a librarian for over 34 years, 22years of which were with the Ogdensburg Public Library, passed away on June 9, 2021 at his home with his family by his side.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00am on Saturday (June 12, 2021) at St. Mary’s Cathedral with Rev. Joseph Morgan officiating. Burial will follow with military honors. Calling hours will be held on Friday afternoon from 3:00pm – 5:00pm at the Fox & Murray Funeral Home.

Surviving is his wife Bonnie Franz of Ogdensburg; a son Thomas Franz of Huntsville, Alabama; sisters-in-law Carolyn Franz of Virginia Beach and Catherine Di Gesu of Cedar Crest, NM; a brother-in-law Vincent Plumeri of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; along with many nieces, nephews & cousins.

A brother Norman “Butch” Franz and nephew Tim Franz predeceased him.

David was born on June 10, 1943 in Albany NY, a son of Norman & Mary Frances (Loux) Franz. He graduated from high school and continued his education at SUNY Albany where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in History and two Master degrees in history and library science. He soon after received a Phd from the University of New Mexico.

David enlisted in the US Army in 1967 in Maryland attaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant. He received his honorable discharge in 1969, but remained active in the Army Reserves until the rank of Major. He was very proud of his military service.

During his career he worked as a librarian for the Vestal Public Library for 12 years, and later relocated to the Ogdensburg Public Library where he was the director for 22 years. David enjoyed being a librarian, reading, gardening, playing scrabble, metal detecting, collecting insulators, old bottles, beer steins, stamps, coins, military items, local crocks and jugs, and was an avid rock hound.

The family requests those who wish to express sympathy to consider making a donation in David’s memory to the Ogdensburg Public Library, 312 Washington Street, Ogdensburg, NY 13669 or the United Service Organization, PO Box 96860 Washington, DC 20077-7677. Condolences and fond memories can also be shared online at www.foxandmurrayfuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Calling Hours

    Friday, June 11, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, June 12, 2021

Memories

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Ed LaVarnway

June 14, 2021

To Bonnie and family -Please accept my condolences on your loss. I was privileged to make David's acquaintance the last few years of his service at the library when I first came to work for the Remington across the street. The library and his patch of our city were much the better for his being here

Lisa Franz

June 11, 2021

Invincible- Although you are gone in body, you will forever remain in my heart. The fond memories outlast a lifetime. I am so blessed to have had you as my Uncle. The thought of you will forever warm my heart. Until we meet again.

Aunt Bonnie and Thomas my thoughts are with you. Know that I can't be there in person but I am with you both in thought. Thinking of you both.

Eric Franz

June 11, 2021

Oh how the times pass; Raspberrys as big as quarters, Small mouth on the Sesquahana, Holidays at Grandma and Pa's, Military relics and stories, Orange Ford Pinto, Pipe tobacco Aromas, Chess and Scrabble with family, fly fishing, .. ..
Oh how the times pass; only to leave me realizing much, like the countess metal detecting finds we had... that its all been a treasure!
Thank you for being my, Uncle Dave.

Eric

Paula Jacques

June 10, 2021

Our sincere condolences and prayers.
May he Rest In Peace.

Bill Herzog

June 10, 2021

I always said the Ogdensburg Public Library was one of Ogdensburg’s greatest assets. Dave Franz did an outstanding job insuring our library remained the wonderful jewel that it is. Ogdensburg was so lucky Dave and Bonnie decided to make the burg their home. May Dave Rest In Peace.

Bill Herzog
Greenwich CT

Pam Neal

June 10, 2021

Sorry for your loss Bonnie and Thomas! May God give you his strength at this difficult time. Rest in peace!

Doug Prince

June 10, 2021

Bonnie, Thomas, I’m so sorry to hear about Dave’s passing. Hunter and I are sending prayers for you. Enjoyed the times we spent together.

Carolyn franz

June 10, 2021

Butch and I shared many memories with both Dave and Bonnie. Dave and Butch shared the collecting gene with their coins, glass ware, books, detecting, etc. I will miss him, the brainy brother who always beat us in scrabble. He joins the rest of his family now, Francis, Norm, and Butch. Till we all join you, bye David!
Carolyn

Michele Vondra-Harwood

June 9, 2021

Just a note to let you know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Sorry for your loss.

The office and staff Dr. Michele Vondra-Harwood

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