Frank W. Hoenigmann, 96, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, March 14th. An avid skier, passionate golfer and dedicated family man, Frank lived in his beloved home in Short Hills for over 50 years.
Frank was born on September 19, 1919 in Washington DC to Frank J. and Hazel Hoenigmann and raised in Chicago. He graduated from the Hill School, Pottstown, PA class of 1938, and from Yale in 1942, with a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering. A member of the ROTC at Yale, Frank served in World War II in the 78th Infantry Division Headquarters rising from second lieutenant to Captain and receiving the Bronze Star. He fought in the battles of Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. He and his unit were awarded many honors, including the Army of Occupation Medal (Germany), American Theater Ribbon, EAME Theater Ribbon with 3 Bronze Battle Stars and 3 Overseas Service bars.
After his discharge from the Army; Frank was hired into the training program at Materials Handling Systems and eventually moved into a sales position. He went on to work for Taylor & Gaskin and the Jervis B. Webb Company (companies that manufactured conveyor systems & material handling systems) as a Sales Manager. In 1964, while working in New York City, he ran into another graduate of the Material Handling Systems program – Kent Warner. After several months of discussion, Warner & Hoenigmann Conveyor Systems, Inc. was formed (later renamed W&H Systems). From its humble beginning in NYC, the company grew into a regional conveyor system, material handling, engineering and construction company. Soon too large for the NYC offices, W&H Systems moved to Carlstadt, NJ where it remains today. Frank retired from W&H in 1984.
An avid golfer since college – Frank played over 300 courses around the world. He scored 3 holes in one, and “shot his age” over 100 times. He represented Fox Hollow Golf Course in the New Jersey Senior Open for many years. He enjoyed many golf vacations with his wife of 53 years, Mary Sax Hoenigmann, who predeceased him in 2007. Frank played golf on his 90th birthday with his son, granddaughter and future grandson-in-law. He was known to putt or go to the driving range every day, well into his 90’s.
Frank is survived by a son, William Hoenigmann and his wife, Carla, of Park Ridge, NJ, daughter, Nancy Rosen of Short Hills, NJ and 3 beloved granddaughters-Vanessa Sievewright, Sarah and Stacy Hoenigmann. A private burial service was held at St. Stephens Cemetery in Millburn.
Memorial donations can be made to a foundation that provides financial support to low income families for childrens’ speech and educational therapy. Send to the Twice Exceptional Foundation (Care of Vanessa Sievewright, 401 East Cleveland Street, Lafayette, CO 80026.)