Frank Stanley Pierz

Frank Stanley Pierz
Frank Stanley Pierz

Frank Stanley Pierz, 81, of Amarillo, TX concluded his life on January 18, 2024, after sudden cardiac arrest.

Frank was born in Jersey City, NJ on July 22, 1942, to Stanley Pierz and Mary Hociej and grew up in Kearney, NJ.  As the second of seven children, Frank would introduce his mother to ADHD many years before it was generally understood, creating quite the challenge to his parents. He would regale to friends and family of how his mother had to tie him up from time to time as a small child, often to raise or lower the expectations of his audience for the joke that was surly soon to follow. Unfortunately, the carefree antics of his childhood came to an end when he had to take a leadership role at the age of 14 with his older sister Barbara after Stanley died at the age of 44. While helping to raise his other siblings, Jerry, Mary, Annie, John, and Vicki, the family was hit hard again when John passed at the age of 16. Still enduring, he formed a bond with his remaining brother Jerry, his best friend, his “main man”. Together they played sports, and Frank earned the name “Flash” as the captain of the Kearney High School football team.

Frank met the love of his life, Carol Feist at Hoey’s Fish & Chips in Harrison, NJ, where Frank impressed her with his good looks, wit, and proficiency as a dishwasher. Carol would return every summer from Ohio to work in her uncle’s store and continue to grow her relationship with Frank, and ultimately marry him after his persistence prevailed.

Frank received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Rutgers University. He began his career working for various companies but ended up at the Panasonic Corporation as a business manager for the near entirety of his working career.  His analytical and personal skills were an asset to a conservative Japanese company. His sense of humor and off-color joke telling skills helped build the human resource barriers we all enjoy today.

Frank was above all, a family man. In 1972 they relocated to Hazlet, NJ to raise their two beautiful, smart, charming, and all-around awesome children, Melanie and Frank Jr. When Carol would work on the weekends to make ends meet, Frank would bring his kids to every state park, museum, and outdoor concert in the greater New York/New Jersey area, sometimes against their will, and sometimes against the venue’s will. Frank balanced his family life with a love of the outdoors. Frank was an avid fisherman who, together with his brother Jerry, coined the moniker describing undersized fish as, “Turn your head!” He had many adventures to Alaska, Canada, and “Quinzee”. He coupled that with his enjoyment of losing bait and expensive lures on the beaches of Sandy Hook near his home.

Perhaps Frank’s lasting legacy is his willingness to help others. In his younger years, you would find him helping family members and friends doing some of the hardest manual labor. Coincidentally, Piels and Pabst Blue Ribbon had their highest sales during this time period. He spent countless hours maintaining and improving the local soccer and baseball fields where his kids were involved. He spent a considerable amount of time volunteering with the Kearney VFW, which he was associated with through his brother Jerry. He was also the neighbor you could call to help you do anything, including drinking the beer you had but you didn’t want. After he retired, and relocating to Amarillo, TX, he spent the majority of his time with the Area Agency on Aging, where he served as an ombudsman among other roles.

He was preceded in death by his sister Barbara and her husband Emil Ricci, brother John Pierz, and brother Jerry Pierz (survived by wife Dolores Paulin). Surviving are his daughter Melanie Pierz and fiancé Mark Barons, son Frank Pierz and wife Jessica, grandchildren Jerry Proffitt and partner Selina Rael, Tara and husband Wyatt Heimann, Emily Pierz, Victoria Pierz, great-granddaughter Scoutt Heinmann, sisters Mary and James Cregan, Annie and Mike Walsh, Vicki and Les Epstein, and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, 2:00 PM at St. Thomas Apostle Church, Amarillo, TX.   A celebration of Frank’s life will be held at a later date in New Jersey.

15 Replies to “Frank Stanley Pierz”

  1. Based on this memoriam and the character of his son, he sounds like a guy I would have loved to have shared a beer with.

    My deepest condolences to the Pierz family and all those touched by Frank’s passing.

  2. From all of us at TTUHSC Managed Care please accept our most sincere condolences for your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers. We love you and stand ready to help in any way we can.

  3. Truly sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. Knew Frank for 70 years, and he was always the same man. Rock solid. Genuine to the core. We played football together at Kearny High for four years, and worked on our 50th high school reunion together. Frank never took himself too seriously, and it looks like Frank Jr. understood that, based on the email that I received informing of Frank’s passing. Carol, I wish for you much strength and comfort. The best thing that can be said about a person is “he’s a good man”. Frank Pierz was a very, very good man.

  4. So sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. As Frank and Carol’s postman, he quickly brightened my day every time I got to see him. He will be missed. Praying for Carol and all of his family.

  5. Absolutely such a cool man! He was so down to earth. I will always remember going to Breckenridge CO for thanksgiving. I loved listening to his stories about New Jersey. I am so happy to have known him and Carol through my sweet friend Tara! You will be greatly missed. Sending lots of love and prayers to his family and friends! ❤️

  6. Dear Carol
    We are truly saddened to read re Frank’s sudden passing away– May the Almighty rest his soul in peace
    Frank was truly a wonderful person to know and work with — I was fortunate to have worked along with him –side by side — at Panasonic NJ for approx 20 years. What a delightful person — hard working to the extreme –and willing to help any and everyone.( He was at work by 6AM – when most people were still asleep.)
    Frank was dependable beyond words –and would willingly accept and deliver on assignments which most of his colleagues tended to avoid — a truly model employee loved by his superiors and peers . He will be greatly missed for his humor and ability to tackle equally well –the good – the bad — the ugly — and never ever complain
    May his soul rest in peace
    Ash Chabra

  7. Truly amazing people person – he was a absolute pleasure to work with at Panasonic.
    The energy and humor he brought to any project was so refreshing.
    Frank would undertake any and the most difficult assignments.

    He will be missed .
    Rest in Peace Frank – may your soul finds peace .

  8. I was so sorry to hear of Frank,s passing when I met him many years ago he had me laughing nice man my heart goes out to my dear friend Carol and his family 🙏🙏

  9. Uncle Frank was loved beyond measure. It’s not good bye, only so long for now. You will be missed immensely. Heaven gained an angel 😇.

  10. Frank was such a great guy! Area Agency on Aging will miss him and his service to us of more then 17 years! He was a good man that loved helping all of us! He was more like family to us than just a friend. Carol, his wife, was always there to stand by him and help where needed. Prayers of peace and comfort for her and their family!!❤🙏❤

  11. She very sorry about Frank’s passing. He was truly a wonderful father, husband and Papa. He was a gentleman all the way. I know you and your family will cherish all the beautiful memories that were made .

  12. So sorry for your loss. I only met Frank one time When him and Carol were in Mesa Arizona. He was a very friendly person. He impressed me as a man I could hang out with and call a friend. We will keep Carol and family in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. To Mrs Pierz Melanie and Frank
    I am deeply sorry for your loss.
    Your husband/Dad was a incredible man, who
    will never be forgotten. May his memory bring
    Strength and love into your hearts during this
    Difficult time. 🙏💔
    The Stolowski family

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