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Mary E. Fritz

Issue Date: August 9, 2018

Mary Elizabeth "Liz" Fritz, 95, of Peshtigo went to Heaven to be with her loving husband and son on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 at Rennes Health Care Center-East in Peshtigo.

Born, Jan. 5, 1923 in Marinette, to the late Charles and Mayme (Gamelin) Betters, she attended Marinette Schools and married Harold William Fritz on Jan. 5, 1944. They enjoyed 60 years together until his passing on March 24, 2004.

The couple enjoyed wintering in Apache Junction, Az. with many friends both from the area and the those they met while in Arizona. They also enjoyed camping at various campgrounds, but especially at Wells Park in Cedar River, Mi.

She thoroughly enjoyed babysitting her grandchildren and spending time with her family.

A homemaker, she was an excellent baker and cook, enjoyed coffee clutching with her neighbor, Irma Lorenz and treasured her daily phone conversations with her sister-in-law, Vivian Bertrand, along with the monthly "Fritz Family Breakfasts" at The Peshtigo Corral. Also dear to her heart were her many nieces and nephews from the Keller and Penl families and many other special relatives and friends too numerous to mention.

She was always there for her children and truly loved Christmas and family gatherings. In younger years she belonged to a Card Club in Peshtigo.

She is survived by three children, Marlene (Frank) Biernat of Rice Lake, Michael (Diane) Fritz of Peshtigo and Lynette (Joseph) Brosig of Marinette; a daughter-in-law, Margaret "Markie" Rollman-Fritz of Green Bay; 11 grandchildren, Scott (Nancy) Fritz, Jeff (Barb Gretzinger) Fritz, Greg (Kristin) Fritz, Nicole Lange, Kim (Dale) Wendt, Melissa (Chris) Clark, Ben (Betsy) Fritz, Alison (Pedro) Cuba, Heather (Zach) Milbach, Ashley (Bryant) Schaut and Joseph (girlfriend, Iris Parish) Brosig, Jr.; 16 great-grandchildren, Zachary, Jacob and Kaitlyn Fritz, Tanner (girlfriend, Cassondra McVane) McMahon and Gabrielle Fritz, Sasha Kopsi, Hope, Grace, Faith and Madison Kamin and Hannah Jacobs, Hunter and Kira Wendt, Megan and Spencer Clark, Mason LaCrosse and Verona Cuba and Parker and Rowan Milbach; six step-grandchildren, Tami (Michael) Holzhueter and Timothy Zepnick, Aiden and Toby Mech and Willa Milbach, Lawrence and Dakota Spalsbury and Cassie Miller; five step-great-grandchildren, Maxim and Anja Holzhueter, Madison and Mason Zepnik and Hailey Clark; two sisters-in-law, Vivian Bertrand and Eileen Fritz and a brother-in-law, Emil "Sonny" Fritz and many other family members and friends.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Harold Fritz; a son, Dennis Fritz; a grandson, Todd Fritz; a brother, Clayton at 11 years old; two sisters, Lucille Keller and Alice Penl; a brother and sister-in-law, Mervin "Buck" and Martha Betters; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Lucille and Henry "Heine" Keller and Alice and Andrew Penl along with Harold's family: in-laws, Emil (Christine) Fritz; brothers and sisters-in-law, Roy and Agnes Fritz and Omer and Fran Fritz; sisters-in-law, Geneva Baldwin and Blanche Fritz and brothers-in-law, Clarence Fritz, Charles Bertrand and Leonard "Baldy" Baldwin.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11 at Zion Lutheran Church, 221 South Ellis Ave., Peshtigo from 11 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 1 p.m. with Pastor Luke Myslik officiating, followed by a luncheon in the Church Hall. Burial will be alongside her husband in Riverside Cemetery in Peshtigo after the luncheon for those who care to attend. Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Scott Fritz, Jeff Fritz, Greg Fritz, Chris Clark, Dale Wendt and Joseph Brosig, Jr. Berth and Rosenthal Funeral Home of Peshtigo is assisting the family with arrangements.

The family wishes to thank Rennes Health Care Center-East for their care and compassion, Unity Hospice for end of life care and support for the family and Berth and Rosenthal Funeral Home for their professional, compassionate, caring service.


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