Dennis J. Halsdorff

  • Died: February 23, 2019
  • Location: North Oxford, Massachusetts

Callahan, Fay & Caswell Funeral Home

61 Myrtle Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Tel. (508) 755-1500

Tribute & Message From The Family

Dennis J. Halsdorff, 66, of Fiskdale, formerly a resident of North Oxford for nearly 30 years, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2019 at St. Vincent Hospital, surrounded by loved ones.

He leaves four children, Dennis J. Halsdorff, II of Fiskdale, Colleen D. Palacios and her husband Anthony of Worcester, Erin C. Halsdorff of Ware, and Meaghan J. Oldenburg and her significant other, Josh Fickett of Fiskdale; his grandchildren, Hunter W. Oldenburg and Clover J. Palacios; a brother, Russell J. Halsdorff and his wife, Barbara of Apple Valley, California; a sister in law, Ellen Halsdorff of Douglas and several beloved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Jean M. Halsdorff, and a brother, Richard P. Halsdorff of Douglas.

Dennis was born in Holden, son of the late Benjamin F. and Gloria T. (Menard) Halsdorff. He graduated from Auburn High School and attended Quinsigamond Community College. He met his sweetheart, Jeannie, while working together at a parking garage in downtown Worcester. After years of fun camping and beach trips, they got married on October 16th, 1977, and spent 37 wonderful years together, until Jean's passing in 2014. From 1978 to 2015, Dennis worked for UMass Memorial Medical Center (formerly Memorial Hospital), as a groundskeeper/mechanic, and then in transportation services before retiring. He took on all the overtime hours available to provide for his growing family.

Some of Dennis' hobbies included coin-collecting, wood-working, penny slots at the casino, reading, and DIY home-improvement projects. He was a jack of all trades and his family's handyman. He loved the outdoors, even if it was just hanging out in his yard. Dennis had a quiet and sarcastic sense of humor. He had a warm heart and a quick wit. He was simultaneously generous and thrifty. Dennis set strong examples for his children about how to live a beautiful and meaningful life. They admired him through and through, and they'll never be the same without him.

Dennis' visiting hours will be on Friday, March 1st from 4:00 to 7:00pm at Callahan, Fay & Caswell Funeral Home, 61 Myrtle St., Worcester. His Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, March 2nd at 10:00 am at St. Stephen's Church, 357 Grafton St., Worcester. Burial will be in Worcester County Memorial Park, Paxton. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Tri-Valley, Inc., 10 Mill Street, Dudley, MA 01571.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dennis Halsdorff, I am very sorry to hear about your loss. My sincere condolences.

Posted by Maria Almeida - coworker   March 18, 2019


Dennis Halsdorff, I am very sorry to hear about your loss. My sincere condolences.

Posted by Maria Almeida - MA   March 18, 2019

Very sorry to hear about your loss, an uncle, a father, a brother, a husband, a great man. Love and thoughts to the Halsdorff Family

Posted by Alex Thomas - Natick, MA - coworker   March 07, 2019

Sorry for your loss. My heart and thoughts are with you.

Posted by Thomas T    March 07, 2019

I am sorry for your loss. My condolences and prayers to you and your family.

Posted by Adedoyin O.    March 06, 2019

Sorry for your Loss... My thoughts are always with you.

Posted by Timothy Jung - Portland, ME   March 06, 2019

Dennis Halsdorf II and family, I am sorry for the loss of your dad.

Posted by Bridgit Murphy    March 06, 2019

Dennis, I am truly sorry for your loss. I would like to send you and your family my condolences at this time.

Posted by Patrice Francis - Bedford, MA - coworker   March 06, 2019

Sincere Condolences on your loss.

Posted by Mike Tullie - Framingham, MA   March 06, 2019

To the Halsdorff Family, I am sorry for you loss and you are in my prayers.

Posted by Jennifer Tyrrell - North Oxford, MA - acquaintance   March 06, 2019

So Sorry For Your Loss. The FedEx team mourns with you.

Posted by Michael Norvick - Natick, MA - coworker   March 06, 2019

I worked with your'e wifeJean-She always spoke so highly of you-My condolences to the family-having had losses most recently, I know what your'e children must be going thru

Posted by Joan (Smith) Seymour - Worcester,, MA   March 01, 2019

So sorry for you loss.

Posted by Rosemary and Steve Halsdorff - Douglas, MA - Family   February 28, 2019

To the children of Dennis--
So sorry for the loss of your Dad. We were classmates of his at AHS class of 1970.
Keep your Dad in your memories and he will forever be in your heart.

Posted by Dan & Marybeth (Griffin) Young - Auburn, MA   February 28, 2019

Dear Erin,Meg,Colleen,DJ:

My heart is so heavy to hear of this news and I send you all my deepest sympathy and condolences. You are all in my thoughts and prayers right now. Your dad was so funny and I will never forget him. He was an amazing person and truly one of a kind. He will be so missed. He was so blessed to have such wonderful children who were there for him up to the end. You guys are so awesome. Please try to stay strong during these most trying of times. If I can do anything please call 7743215741 anytime because I'm not on facebook. I love you guys and I'm here for you.

Posted by Heather A - Webster, MA   February 27, 2019

Sorry for your loss.
Rest in peace Dennis.

Posted by Artie Hunt ( from Dialysis) Auburn - Webster, MA   February 27, 2019

So for your loss

Posted by James Halsdorff - Holden, MA - Family   February 27, 2019

So sorry to hear about your dad.He was a great guy who had the patiences of a saint. He was a great Dad and I'm sure a proud Papa.He is with Mom now and both watching over you all

Posted by Carolyn & Ron DiBaro - Worcester, MA - Friend   February 26, 2019

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