Top Banner for Heinz W. Stemmler Obituary
Heinz W. Stemmler Obituary

Brought to you by Nichols Funeral Home

Heinz W. Stemmler

Wilmington, Massachusetts

December 23, 1927 - June 9, 2024

Heinz W. Stemmler Obituary

Heinz W. Stemmler, age 96, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on June 9, 2024.  Heinz was the beloved husband to the love of his life, the late Claire Stemmler.  Together they shared 55 years of marriage. 

Heinz was born on December 23, 1927, in Ron an der Weil, a small, picturesque village in Hesse, Germany to the late Alfred Stemmler and late Johannna (Henz) Stemmler.  He spent his childhood in Frankfurt and Merzhausen, Germany.  Heinz attended college in Germany and apprenticed as a drafting Engineer, in 1946 he had his first job in an Engineering department in Frankfurt, Germany. 

In the spring of 1953, Heinz came upon an ad for an American based company looking for Engineers, later that fall Heinz made his way to the United States by way of a small steamship, entering first in Quebec and then making his way to Boston.  His life in his new country had now begun. What started out initially as a two-year contract began a new permanent life.  Heinz did return to Germany in 1956 to recruit several more employees for his company, all of which became lifelong friends.   Heinz worked for International Shoe Machinery as a Design Engineer; he continued this profession until his retirement in 1992.  Heinz and Claire met here in The United States in 1955 and were married in May of 1958 at Holy Trinity Church in Boston, MA.  They made Wilmington their home in 1964, raised their three children there and have remained there for the past 60 years. 

Heinz loved to spend time outdoors and travel.  For many years summer family vacations were spent at Sebago Lake in Maine. This tradition grew as his children got older and extended family, friends and eventually grandchildren joined.  He loved to cook his famous morning “camp” breakfast and enjoyed spending time out on the water. After his tent trailer days were over, he purchased a motor home and he and Claire started exploring the United States going on many trips throughout the country.  His highlight was a 3-month trip cross country.  Heinz and Claire also travelled several times to their home in Germany and visited other countries in Europe.  When Heinz was younger his love was his motorcycle, he would spend time riding with his buddies in Germany.  At the age of 50, together with his two sons, they all purchased motorcycles and spent their weekends exploring New England.   

Heinz had a love for photography, he belonged to camera clubs and was the family photographer.  Every event was captured by his keen eye for pictures.  Countless albums of pictures have memories of a lifetime of events. 

 Heinz was very dedicated to his family and to his grandchildren.  He spent his time helping with projects at every opportunity and was present at sports, dance, and school events for his grandchildren.  His greatest joy was with his family.  He loved the company of others and was known for his warm and welcoming personality. 

Heinz is survived by his son Michael Stemmler and his wife Michelle Stemmler of Lawrence, MA, his son Ronald Stemmler and his wife Cheryl Stemmler of Wilmington, MA and his daughter Monika Wright and her husband Grant Wright of New Boston, NH.  Six grandchildren, Shawna Stemmler of Haverhill, MA, Ryan Stemmler of Waltham, MA, Derek Stemmler of Wilmington, MA, Meghan Stemmler of Wilmington, MA, Brittney Viola and her husband Nicholas Viola of Portland, Maine and Colby Wright of New Boston, NH. His sister Irene (Stemmler) Moses of Merzhausen, Germany and many loving nieces and nephews in both the United States and Germany.  Heinz was predeceased by his brothers Helmut Stemmler, Rudolf Stemmler, Karl Stemmler and his sister Hildegard (Stemmler) Schuetrumph.   

Heinz was proudly awaiting the arrival of his first great-grandchild due later this year. 

Family and friends are welcome to join a Celebration of life for Heinz at 10:30 with services beginning at 11:00 on June 20, 2024, at Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington, MA.  Interment following the celebration will be private. 

Memorial Donations can be made to: The Buzzell Senior Center, 15 School Street, Wilmington, MA, 01887.

Heinz’s family would like to express their sincere thanks to the loving care given at Winchester Hospital Hospice and all the teams of doctors and dedicated nurses in his care.  Also, to the Wilmington Fire Department and EMT’s, the staff and community of The Buzzell Senior center and Windsor Assisted Living in Wilmington.  He was one blessed man!!!

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Heinz W. Stemmler hosted by Nichols Funeral Home.

Heinz W. Stemmler, age 96, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on June 9, 2024.  Heinz was the beloved husband to the love of his life, the late Claire Stemmler.  Together they shared 55 years of marriage. 

Heinz was born on December 23, 1927, in Ron an der Weil, a small, picturesque village in Hesse, Germany to the late Alfred Stemmler and late Johannna (Henz) Stemmler.  He spent his childhood in Frankfurt and Merzhausen, Germany.  Heinz attended college in Germany and apprenticed as a drafting Engineer, in 1946 he had his first job in an Engineering department in Frankfurt, Germany. 

In the spring of 1953, Heinz came upon an ad for an American based company looking for Engineers, later that fall Heinz made his way to the United States by way of a small steamship, entering first in Quebec and then making his way to Boston.  His life in his new country had now begun. What started out initially as a two-year contract began a new permanent life.  Heinz did return to Germany in 1956 to recruit several more employees for his company, all of which became lifelong friends.   Heinz worked for International Shoe Machinery as a Design Engineer; he continued this profession until his retirement in 1992.  Heinz and Claire met here in The United States in 1955 and were married in May of 1958 at Holy Trinity Church in Boston, MA.  They made Wilmington their home in 1964, raised their three children there and have remained there for the past 60 years. 

Heinz loved to spend time outdoors and travel.  For many years summer family vacations were spent at Sebago Lake in Maine. This tradition grew as his children got older and extended family, friends and eventually grandchildren joined.  He loved to cook his famous morning “camp” breakfast and enjoyed spending time out on the water. After his tent trailer days were over, he purchased a motor home and he and Claire started exploring the United States going on many trips throughout the country.  His highlight was a 3-month trip cross country.  Heinz and Claire also travelled several times to their home in Germany and visited other countries in Europe.  When Heinz was younger his love was his motorcycle, he would spend time riding with his buddies in Germany.  At the age of 50, together with his two sons, they all purchased motorcycles and spent their weekends exploring New England.   

Heinz had a love for photography, he belonged to camera clubs and was the family photographer.  Every event was captured by his keen eye for pictures.  Countless albums of pictures have memories of a lifetime of events. 

 Heinz was very dedicated to his family and to his grandchildren.  He spent his time helping with projects at every opportunity and was present at sports, dance, and school events for his grandchildren.  His greatest joy was with his family.  He loved the company of others and was known for his warm and welcoming personality. 

Heinz is survived by his son Michael Stemmler and his wife Michelle Stemmler of Lawrence, MA, his son Ronald Stemmler and his wife Cheryl Stemmler of Wilmington, MA and his daughter Monika Wright and her husband Grant Wright of New Boston, NH.  Six grandchildren, Shawna Stemmler of Haverhill, MA, Ryan Stemmler of Waltham, MA, Derek Stemmler of Wilmington, MA, Meghan Stemmler of Wilmington, MA, Brittney Viola and her husband Nicholas Viola of Portland, Maine and Colby Wright of New Boston, NH. His sister Irene (Stemmler) Moses of Merzhausen, Germany and many loving nieces and nephews in both the United States and Germany.  Heinz was predeceased by his brothers Helmut Stemmler, Rudolf Stemmler, Karl Stemmler and his sister Hildegard (Stemmler) Schuetrumph.   

Heinz was proudly awaiting the arrival of his first great-grandchild due later this year. 

Family and friends are welcome to join a Celebration of life for Heinz at 10:30 with services beginning at 11:00 on June 20, 2024, at Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington, MA.  Interment following the celebration will be private. 

Memorial Donations can be made to: The Buzzell Senior Center, 15 School Street, Wilmington, MA, 01887.

Heinz’s family would like to express their sincere thanks to the loving care given at Winchester Hospital Hospice and all the teams of doctors and dedicated nurses in his care.  Also, to the Wilmington Fire Department and EMT’s, the staff and community of The Buzzell Senior center and Windsor Assisted Living in Wilmington.  He was one blessed man!!!

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Heinz W. Stemmler hosted by Nichols Funeral Home.

Events

Event information can be found on the Official Obituary of Heinz W. Stemmler.