Frank Wunderler Sr.


Frank Wunderler Sr., passed away peacefully at home on May 1st, 2021. He was the loving husband of Nancy J. (Fazioli) Wunderler for 66 years; the devoted father to daughters Barbara Wunderler-Selby, husband Chuck, Linda Wunderler, Annette Jackson and Laura Blais, and son, Frank Wunderler, Jr., wife Marylyn; and Grampy and Great Grampy to twelve grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, his siblings, his grandchildren, Angela, and Jacob, great grandchild Xavier, and his sons- in-law Cliff Blais and Jay Jackson.

Frank was born on June 21, 1932 in Allentown, PA to Mary (Weinhofer) and John Wunderler. He enlisted in the US Marine Corp, serving in the Korean War. After his service, Frank worked as a Master Carpenter for the city of Warwick, and a machinist at Leesona. In his retirement he worked as the carousel operator at the Warwick Mall, where he was known as the Carousel Man. He thrived on bringing smiles to anyone who crossed his path, and was known as an incredible storyteller with an amazing memory, a twinkle in his blue eyes and an infectious smile. Frank was an active member of the Korean War Veterans Council in Smithfield RI and a proud Marine. He enjoyed participating in parades, and veterans’ activities. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Memorial Post #272 in Warwick RI for over 40 years and a lifelong member of St. Rita’s Parish in Warwick.

In his spare time Frank enjoyed fishing and boating, Rhode Island and German cuisine, and spending time with his family. He could fix anything to the delight of all the children who brought him their broken toys and woke up the next morning to see their beloved treasures carefully put back together. He was a loving grandfather and great grandfather who never missed an opportunity to spend time with all of them.

A visitation will be held Thursday, May 6 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Thomas and Walter Quinn Funeral Home, 2435 Warwick Ave, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12 noon in St. Rita Church, Oakland Beach Ave, Warwick.

Burial with Military Honors will be in the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Exeter.

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