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“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...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: JoAnn and Jerry Werner - Ft Worth, TX

“To the Womboldt family and the Buonomo cousins sorry to hear of your loss.Howie was just a real nice guy! ”
2 of 20 | Posted by: Tony Piantedosi - Waltham, MA

“Great memories with Howie, Joey and Matt ”
3 of 20 | Posted by: Dr. Steve Norton - Friend

“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...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Maryesther Tuscher Fournier - MA

“Nancy, Danielle and Marc, Patricia and Kayden Again Sincere condolences on your loss, Howie was a great , Husband, Dad, Granddad, Cousin and Friend. ...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Nick Morelli - bridgewater, MA

“Nancy,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...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Dawn Ziemba - Waltham, MA

“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...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Dini Wilson - Waltham, MA

“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...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Linda and Mark Dalton - Haverhill, MA

“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...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Michael Morelli - Talbott, TN

“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...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Andrea DeNorscia - Framingham, MA

“May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always. ”
11 of 20 | Posted by: American Heart Association

“Truly a great guy He loved his BC football enjoyed my many conversations with him Please except my condolences to your family ”
12 of 20 | Posted by: Jim Perry - Cambridge, MA

“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...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Pam Feeley - Milford, MA - Friend

“My sincere condolences to the entire Womboldt and Buonomo families.Howie was truly a good soul. ”
14 of 20 | Posted by: Ernie Rogers - Waltham, MA

“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...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Peter Jukovsky - Cambridge, MA

“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,...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Sarah Taylor - Fowlerville, IL

“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...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Kenneth Halpern & Associates - MA

“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...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Mike Casey

“Howie will be greatly missed. Wonderful, generous caring cousin. ”
19 of 20 | Posted by: Nina Light - Waltham, MA

“Fred and I want to send our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Hopefully knowing he's in heaven will lighten your hearts. ”
20 of 20 | Posted by: Gail Walley - Kingston, NH


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 www.heart.org or to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, 415 Crossways Park Drive, Suite D, Woodbury, NY 11797 www.lustgarten.org