James A. “Jim” Fritz

James A. “Jim” Fritz, 95, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of 225 North Michael Street, St. Marys, passed away Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at Elk Haven, after a brief illness.

He was born August 29, 1924, in St. Marys, son of the late Joseph and Anna Young Fritz. Jim was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys Catholic Schools. He retired from the St. Marys Post Office in 1986, retiring after 38 years of service.

On September 17, 1949, in the St. Mary’s Church, Jim married Rosemary Wittman, who preceded him in death on February 10, 2016.

He is survived by two sons, Dale J. Fritz and his wife Anita of Ridgway and Jude J. Fritz and his wife Mary of Mountain Top, PA; five grandchildren, Emily Fritz, James C. Fritz, Joseph Fritz, Rachel Fritz Kishel, and Laura Fritz LaRose; and by six great-grandchildren, Alicia Fritz, Ryan Fritz, Isaac Fritz, Halle Fritz, Ian Kishel, and Sadie LaRose.

In addition to his wife and parents, Jim was preceded in death by four sisters, Loretta Breindel, Pauline Rebic, Ethelreda Imhof, and Margaret Gnan; and by two brothers, Joseph and George Fritz. He was the last member of his immediate family.

Jim was a member of the St. Mary’s Church, where he sang in the church choir. He was also a veteran of the United States Army. Jim was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, the CMF, and the St. Marys Sportsmen’s Club. He volunteered at the Elk County Catholic Schools and loved metal detecting. Jim loved being around people and he especially enjoyed spending time with his family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the St. Mary’s Church on Saturday, February 15, 2020, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB, Pastor, officiating. Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Friday, February 14, 2020, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Elk Haven Nursing Home Activity Fund, 785 Johnsonburg Road, St. Marys, PA 15857, or to the Elk County Catholic School System, 600 Maurus Street, St. Marys, PA 15857.

Dave & Susie Weinzierl February 14, 2020 at 8:52 am

Jude, Mary, & family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this sad time. May the memories bring you comfort in the days ahead.

Karen Gausman February 14, 2020 at 4:26 pm

Your father was a treasure. As mailman, neighbor and resident of Elk Haven, he always had a smile and good cheer to share with others. He will be missed.
With sincere sympathy. His legacy will live on in you.

Tom Herzing February 14, 2020 at 5:45 pm

Jude and Family: I met your father when he was at Silver Creek Terrace. I always planned on going there to cheer up the residents, BUT he was the one who cheered me up!!!!! He was an amazing man and I am so happy I had the chance to spend time with him. What a treasure!!! My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Joe & Pam Lanzel February 18, 2020 at 9:49 am

Jude, Mary, & family,
So sorry to hear about your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
With sympathy,
Joe & Pam Lanzel

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