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Francis Stifter Sr., 87

Francis (Frank) J. Stifter Sr., age 87, formerly of Natick and Chatham, MA, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017.

His funeral services will take place Friday, Sept. 1 beginning at 9 a.m. from Cartier’s Funeral Home in Bellingham, MA, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Woonsocket, RI, followed by interment in the family lot at St. Charles Cemetery in Blackstone, MA. There will be visitation from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. To sign the guest book, visit www.cartiersfuneralhome.com

Born April 28, 1930, in Winsted, Frank was the eldest son of Frank and Theodora Stifter.

He attended Winsted’s Holy Trinity parochial grade and high schools. He then enrolled in trade school, studying television, which was introduced at that time.

When North Korea invaded South Korea, Frank joined the Army Security Agency, where he headed the communications maintenance team supporting front line infantry and artillery troops, receiving several citations for his contributions.

Upon discharge, he earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University (Houghton). While employed as a radar design engineer at Raytheon, Frank completed night classes to earn a master of science degree in engineering from Northeastern University (Boston). He later founded Electronic Specialists Inc., developing and manufacturing power management and interference control circuitry, which he operated for 35 years.

Frank was awarded 11 patents for his electronic inventions.

A practicing Catholic, Frank enjoyed photography and following current events and politics.

His wife of 52 years, Alice (Lemoine) of Woonsocket, R.I., preceded him in death in 2011.

Residents of Natick, MA for more than 40 years, Frank and Alice were blessed with five children: Alice (Sean) Bartram, Ann (Adam) Van Brimmer, Kirstin (John) Ahearn, Francis Jr. (Cheryl) Stifter, and Paula (Tony) Rivera; and eight grandchildren.

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