Heiner "Hank" Wais Print E-mail


Heiner “Hank” Wais



Loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend


Heiner “Hank” Wais, 74, of Lowell, died unexpectedly Wednesday, December 12th in Dracut. He was the beloved husband of Mary Ann Richards who survives him.

Born in Stuttgart, Germany, March 7, 1944, he was a son of the late Ernst and the late Marta (Marchaus) Wais. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Lowell State Teacher’s College (now known as U/Mass Lowell) and a Master’s degree in Industrial Technology from Fitchburg State College.

Hank proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division during the Vietnam War.

Before retiring, Hank was employed by the City of Lowell as a school teacher at the Stoklosa School. In addition, he taught at Westford Academy. He also worked as a local general contractor.

A member of the LaFayette Club and the Dom Polski Club, both in Lowell, he was also a former soccer coach at Lowell High School and Westford Academy. In addition, Hank was also an organ donor.

In addition to his wife, Hank is survived by a daughter Brenda D. Edwards and her husband Curtis of NH; a grandson Grady A. Edwards who is in the U.S. Army also of NH; a granddaughter Emma M. Edwards of NH; a sister Waltraud “Trudy” Martignetti of Wilmington, MA; a brother Werner Wais and his wife Adid of Cottonwood, AZ; a grandnephew Cole M. Richards of Tyngsboro, MA; and many nieces and nephews in the U.S. and Germany. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Mass to be celebrated on Saturday morning, December 29th at ST. PATRICK CHURCH in Lowell at 11 o’clock. Private Committal services will be held at a later date. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38101. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL (978) 458-8768.


Condolences (5)
  • Mary Mansur
    Dear Mary Ann, I am so sorry to hear of the death of your dear husband. All I can say is remember the good times. Love, Maryaa
  • Shawn Kelley  - on behalf of AG Hardware / Mill City weather
    Hank, was a great customer. In fact, one of my first customers starting here at AG. Over the years, I have helped Hank out with hundreds of items. We have became close over the years and simply became one of my best customers. Hank, thank you for shopping over the years and all the stories. Until we meet again. Rest in peace. - Shawn Kelley / AG Hardware / Mill City Weather
  • Stephanie
    I'm so sorry for your loss hank was one of a kind he will be sorely missed.
  • Karen & Jack Green
    Mary Ann, Our sincere condolences to you and Hank’s family. We grieve with you and will keep you in our prayers. May God grant Hank eternal rest.
  • Ted Tripp  - Great Friend and teacher
    Hank was a co-worker at Westford Academy during the 1970's and a great friend. He taught me a great deal during these years and I will always treasure our very wonderful friendship. Rest in peace
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