Howard N. Womboldt

  • Born: April 19, 1952
  • Died: October 15, 2020
  • Location: Waltham, Massachusetts

Joyce Funeral Home

245 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02453
Tel. (781) 894-2895

Tribute & Message From The Family

Waltham – Mr. Howard N. Womboldt, of Waltham, died Thursday, October 15, 2020 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston following a two month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 68.

Howard was born in Waltham on April 19, 1952, the only child of the late Howard and Grace (Collura) Womboldt. Orphaned at the age of eleven Howie was raised by his mother's sister, Rosalie Buonomo and her family, in Waltham.

He was a graduate of Waltham High School and after that served as a sergeant with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division, the 'Screaming Eagles', during the Vietnam War. While he was in the service he enrolled at the University of Tennessee and earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1975.

After he got out of the Army Howie came home to Waltham where he got a job as the director of purchasing and facilities management for the Polaroid Corporation at their Waltham plant. Following Polaroid's closing he held the same position for Pegasystems, Inc. of Cambridge. After that, in addition to founding his facilities and purchasing consulting business, he fulfilled a lifelong dream of venturing into the food business and ran Pizza Express at Cummings Park in Woburn.

Howie would tell you that his best day came on September 24, 1978 when he married Everett native Nancy A. Morelli in Immaculate Conception Church on Broadway in Everett. After living in Everett for a short time the couple moved to Waltham in 1986 where they raised their family.

Time spent with his family was precious to Howie and he loved being a part of Nancy's large clan. The couple created many happy memories with lots of Disney vacations with their children. In addition Howie took up the game of golf and could be found on the links whenever the opportunity came. A year ago Howie and Nancy took a trip to Italy with friends that he recalled as 'the trip of a lifetime'.

When Howie drew his last breath at Mass. General he left knowing at least three things . . . that he was loved and wanted and needed by a family that cherished him . . . and as hard as it was to say goodbye he would also tell you that he died the luckiest man on earth to have had them in his life.

In addition to his wife of forty-two years, Nancy, he leaves his children, Danielle G. Womboldt (Von Hofstetter) of Chicago, Illinois and Marc A. Womboldt (Patricia Lent) of Haverhill; his grandson, Kayden A. Womboldt; his mother and father-in-law, Anthony and Doris Morelli of Everett; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Anthony Morelli, Jr. (Rita), Albert Morelli (Angela), Richard Morelli (Katherine) and Elaine Vrooman (Brian O'Donnell) and many cousins, nieces, nephews and their families including his best friend, cousin, and neighbor, Joseph Buonomo (Diane) of Waltham.

Family and friends will honor and remember Howie's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Thursday, October 22nd from 4 to 7 p.m. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday morning in Sacred Heart Church, 311 River Street, Waltham. Burial will be in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451-8750 or to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, 415 Crossways Park Drive, Suite D, Woodbury, NY 11797


Condolence & Memory Journal

Our deepest condolences to you Nancy and your family for the loss of your beloved husband.
We loved talking to Howard at our home in Summerscape in Wells Me.
Howard was a wonderful man. We were happy to visit with him when he came by the pool. We all appreciated him volunteering to cook last year for our pool side barbecues. I mentioned to him this summer that we missed our cook outs and that wed look forward in him cooking again next year.
May you be comforted with those that surround you at this difficult time in your life..
Our Deepest Sympathy,
JoAnn and Jerry Werner unit #33 in Summerscape.

Posted by JoAnn and Jerry Werner - Ft Worth, TX - Neighbor   October 26, 2020

To the Womboldt family and the Buonomo cousins sorry to hear of your loss.Howie was just a real nice guy!

Posted by Tony Piantedosi - Waltham, MA - Acquaintance   October 24, 2020

Great memories with Howie, Joey and Matt

Posted by Dr. Steve Norton - Friend   October 23, 2020

Howie and I started kindergarten together in 1957. It has been many years since we have seen each other, but his smile is something I will always remember. May he Rest In Peace and will always be remembered as a wonderful person.

Posted by Maryesther Tuscher Fournier - Waltham, MA - Classmate   October 23, 2020

Nancy, Danielle and Marc, Patricia and Kayden
Again Sincere condolences on your loss, Howie was a great , Husband, Dad, Granddad, Cousin and Friend. I remember when he first entered our clan and how he accepted our teasing and banter. He will be greatly missed, but he is always with you just look and listen and he will be there. Please accept my apologies for not attending his services due the pandemic that we are in the midst of. I will visit him in Bourne when it is safe.

God Bless

Posted by Nick Morelli - bridgewater, MA - Family   October 22, 2020

We were shocked by this sad news. Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your husband. He was a very nice man and together you made a cute couple.
It will be sad not to see him walking Duke around the neighborhood.
God bless you and keep you all.
Dawn and Farrah Ziemba

Posted by Dawn Ziemba - Waltham, MA - Neighbor   October 22, 2020

To the Womboldt and Buonomo families I offer my condolences.
I met Howie at Polaroid. We worked in the Battery Division.
Howie was a wonderful guy and I enjoyed so much talking to him. He was kind, funny and had a great work ethic. He surely loved his family very much. I am sorry for your loss. Howie will always be a happy memory from our days at Polaroid.

Posted by Dini Wilson - Waltham, MA - Coworker   October 21, 2020

Dear Womboldt Family,
Mark and I were very shocked upon hearing this sad news and we send our deepest condolences. Mark and I had the pleasure of working with Howie at Pegasystems. He was always a kind, caring and generous supervisor. He helped Mark with transitioning into a new career which was one of the best things to happen to him and us and we could not thank him enough. May he rest in peace. And may you his family find peace in your memories. He will always be with you!
Mark and Linda Dalton

Posted by Linda and Mark Dalton - Haverhill, MA - Coworker   October 21, 2020

Nancy,Danielle and Marc, we were shocked to hear Howie became ill and we were saddened to hear that he lost his battle with his illness, may he rest in peace
Our deepest condolences to you all, Michael and Lynda

Posted by Michael Morelli - Talbott, TN - Family   October 21, 2020

My sincere condolences to the Womboldt family. Howard was a great person and I enjoyed working with him and especially talking with him. He was a kind and caring person and will be missed by many.

Andrea DeNorscia
Concord Property Management

Posted by Andrea DeNorscia - Framingham, MA - Coworker   October 21, 2020

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

Posted by American Heart Association    October 20, 2020

Truly a great guy He loved his BC football enjoyed my many conversations with him Please except my condolences to your family

Posted by Jim Perry - Cambridge, MA - Acquaintance   October 20, 2020

Nancy, Danielle, Marc,

It was such sad news to hear of Howie's death. A dear old friend since childhood, always a smile and great story.

I am so sorry for your loss.


Posted by Pam Feeley - Milford, MA - Friend   October 20, 2020

My sincere condolences to the entire Womboldt and Buonomo families.

Howie was truly a good soul.

Posted by Ernie Rogers - Waltham, MA - Friend   October 20, 2020

I was saddened to hear of Howard's passing. He was my supervisor for several years at Pegasystems many years ago. He was a very easy person to deal with, and I learned a great deal while working with him. My deepest sympathy to his family.

Peter Jukovsky

Posted by Peter Jukovsky - Cambridge, MA - Coworker   October 19, 2020

Dear Mr. Womboldt,

Thank you so much for giving me one of the best friends I could have ever asked for - Danielle is one of the kindest, most loving, generous people I have ever known, and that a testament to you.

I was so fortunate to have met you and spent time with you while you were alive.


Posted by Sarah Taylor - Fowlerville, IL - Friend   October 19, 2020

Our entire office extends its deepest condolences. For years we had the pleasure of seeing Howard most every day at our office in Newton, and always with a warm smile -- and a good story, mostly about his family that he was so very proud of. We are so sad to hear of his passing. He will be missed by many, and in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Kenneth Halpern & Associates - Newton, MA - Coworker   October 19, 2020

Mr. Womboldt,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country when you served with the U.S. Armed Forces. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Posted by Mike Casey    October 19, 2020

Howie will be greatly missed. Wonderful, generous caring cousin.

Posted by Nina Light - Waltham, MA   October 18, 2020

Fred and I want to send our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Hopefully knowing he's in heaven will lighten your hearts.

Posted by Gail Walley - Kingston, NH - Family Friend   October 17, 2020

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