Francis Windfelder

  • Died: April 13, 2022
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

John F. Givnish Funeral Home

10975 Academy Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154

Tel. (215) 281-0100

Tribute & Message From The Family


Francis Charles, of Philadelphia, passed away on April 13th, 2022 at the age of 80. He was the beloved husband of Alberta Marie Windfelder. They were married for 44 happy years. Frank was the devoted father of Dawn Marie Windfelder, and Anne Windfelder, loving grandfather of Alyssa Leigh Windfelder, Andrea Lynn Windfelder, and Morgan Elizabeth Jenkins; beloved brother of Caroline Anne Beisel, and loving uncle of Timothy Joseph Steiner, Carol Lynn Beisel, and Charles William Steiner.

Frank was born to his parents Francis and Carolyn Windfelder in 1941 and raised in Philadelphia. He went on to graduate from Villanova University with a Master's of Arts in Teaching Mathematics. He worked for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as a school teacher at Northeast Catholic High School for over 40 years. He retired in 2003.

Frank loved to bird watch and was a past President of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club, and the National Audubon Society. He also founded the Eagle Retreat Along the Delaware. Frank enjoyed playing softball and belonged to a bowling league at Thunder Bird Lanes on Holme Ave. Frank was a devoted family man, a strong-willed, independent person. He will be greatly missed by his family and close friends.
Service information will be added once confirmed with the church.

Relatives and friends are invited to Francis' Life Celebration on Friday, April 22, 2022 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM at John F. Givnish Life Celebration Home, 10975 Academy Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154. Mass will begin at 11:00 AM at St. Jerome Church.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Mr. Windfelder was a fantastic teacher who taught me twice at North Catholic. I was in the class of 1971. His great teaching inspired me to seek a degree in Math (Millersville University). From that I transferred my math knowledge to having a career in computer programming for the U.S. Navy. Thank you so much Mr. Windfelder and I will see you in Math Heaven someday!

Posted by Jim McAllister - Ambler, PA - Student   July 23, 2022

Thanks for over 3 decades of memories and great adventures birding. It was always a better day birding when you where there. You will be missed but whenever someone sees a "possible bird" your legacy will carry-on

Posted by Martin Selzer - FLOURTOWN, PA - Friend   April 22, 2022

Mr. Windfelder is a huge reason I am now an engineer. His geometry class sophomore year is what made math click for me. After that; the rest is history. I cannot express enough the impact he has had on my life. I am very saddened by his passing. He will be truly missed. RIP

Posted by Michael Galloway - Philadelphia, PA - Student   April 20, 2022

He was a devoted teacher with n esoteric sense of humor. I struggled with algebra but he always gave me a college-credit grade. He said: Hank, I know you know the work; you just freeze taking tests." I always appreciated his consideration. He was another example of true North Catholic Salesian spirit. RIP BROTHER FALCON!

Posted by hank stahl - PHILADELPHIA, PA - Student   April 20, 2022

RIP Mr. Windfelder ! I never liked math until I had the great fortune to have you as my teacher of Alg/trig . You opened this closed mind and math served me all during my 34 year career with Verizon ! Thank you sir for your help and my condolences to your family and friends ! Jim Lalley - class of '74 !

Posted by James Lalley - Levittown, PA - Student   April 20, 2022

Mr. Windfelder, great teacher better person. Thank you for imparting your mathematical knowledge to me. Had him for 2 years at North, he taught us 4 years worth of information. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by David Mastropietro - Springfield, PA - Student   April 20, 2022

I'm so sorry to hear of Frank's passing. He was a fixture at North, and the entire Falcon community has suffered a great loss. My condolences go out to his family and friends. Rest in Peace, Mr. Windfelder.

Posted by Jim Morris, class of '83 - Fairfax, VA - Student   April 20, 2022

I've always loved gulls and terns. I grew up with them everywhere, so they've remained a symbol of home since I was very very small. But when I first started to become a more serious birder, they took on a new complexity and I stopped enjoying them the way that I had used to. The phases were especially perplexing and I felt like such a novice not being able to tell which was which. It took one single afternoon birding with you to teach me how to love them again, and I still think of you each and every time I see one. Thank you for bringing them back home to me. Rest in power.

Posted by Katrina Rakowski - Philadelphia, PA - Friend   April 20, 2022

Sincere condolences to the family on Frank's passing. He was an exceptionally kind, caring and enthusiastic person, who mentored and encouraged all new DVOC members. I am lucky to have known him, and will keep his memory and family in my thoughts at this time of great loss. He will be sadly missed.

Posted by Margie Keefe - Rockledge, PA - Friend   April 20, 2022

Tom Southerland, NJ and DVOC member, who along with Margot, enjoyed DVOC trips with Frank at Tuckerton and Palmyra. By chance, we saw Frank at the Mai Po Marshes across from Hong Kong and told him where we had seen a Nordmann's Greenshank, an uncommon migrant, that his group had missed! Frank later saw the bird, along with a Spoonbilled Sandpiper, from a blind.

Posted by Tom Southerland - West Windsor, NJ, NJ - Friend   April 20, 2022

Frank, you will be sorely missed.

Posted by Art McMorris - Bala Cynwyd, PA - Friend   April 19, 2022

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