Frances A. Fritch

Date of Death: January 13, 2010
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Frances A. Fritch, 78, died at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010, at her Lafayette residence. Born Feb. 9, 1931, in Dubois, her parents were the late William and Mary Bertha Fischer Seng. She graduated from Marquette University with a degree in speech therapy. On Aug. 20, 1960, she married John M. Fritch, M.D. inContinue Reading

Marie Dimmick left a message on January 26, 2010:
Dear Dr. Fritch,

My family, Wilbur Yana (my brother), your patient and I are so sorry for your loss. It&s not easy to have so many life changes in such a short time. We miss you and will always have a high regard for all the good care over the years (since approx. 1966).

Sincerely, Addie Marie Dimmick
Melissa Wagner-Wu left a message on January 21, 2010:
John and Shannon,

I was saddened to read about your loss. It&s hard to understand why people are taken from us, but find comfort in knowing you were a special part of a well-lived life.

Ruth and Greg Doland left a message on January 21, 2010:
Dr. Fritch and Family:

We would like to express sincerest sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your lovely wife and mother. Though we never had the privilege of meeting her
in person, she was the conversation at a few of our office visits. By those brief conversations, we knew she was a great person. We know she will be greatly miss by everyone, but we also know you will have many loving memories. Our thoughts and
any prayers are with you and yours. Bless you all.

The Dolands
Arlan Stavnheim left a message on January 21, 2010:
Dear Dr. Fritch

I was saddened to hear of the death of your wife
I have known you for many years but not your wife.
Please accept my sympathies in this time of sorrow.
Bert Chapman left a message on January 20, 2010:
Both Becky and I are very sorry to hear of Frances death. I work with John in the Purdue Libraries and I pray your family will feel God&s comfort and peace at this time.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Jennie LaReau left a message on January 20, 2010:
My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss. I have fond memories of playing at the Fritch&s house or at the lake and Mrs. Fritch always making me feel welcome. Those were great times!! Hope everyone is doing well.

God bless,

Jennie (Thieme) LaReau
Chris and Julie Badylak left a message on January 19, 2010:
Ann McCormick and Family,
We are so sorry about your loss. Eventhough I did not get the opportunity to meet your mother, I can see through you , Ann, what a caring, nurturing and spiritual lady she must have been. We are all praying for you, but Kaycie especially sends you a hug.

The Badylaks
Chris, Julie, Clay, Kaycie and Carly
Nancy Butz left a message on January 19, 2010:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Fred and Nancy Butz
Richard Du Charme left a message on January 19, 2010:
Ann, although it has been a very long time since seeing your mother, I certainly have never forgot what a dynamic aura she possessed. My deepest condolences to you and your family.


Richard Du Charme.
Larry Mykytiuk left a message on January 19, 2010:
Dear John and family,

It is heartbreaking to lose someone so close and such a wonderful person, from all descriptions. In your sorrow, I hope the warm and pleasant memories of her are a comfort to all of you. Most of all, I hope you experience the inward comfort God gives.

With deepest sympathy,

Larry Mykytiuk
Scott Webber left a message on January 19, 2010:
My Dearest Neighbors Dr. John, Mara, John, Ann, Beth, and Michael,

The news carried today brought both a sadness to my heart for your loss, or if you will permit, OUR loss... all of us who were blessed by this special lady. However, I must tell you it also brought a smile to my face and a warm feeling to my spirit with the rush of memories brought about by the effortless smiles and endless kind gestures Fran gifted to me... to all us.

I will be forever grateful to her for the permanent imprint I have of the &Kind and Welcoming Neighbor.& My most exemplary memory, one that I have repeated to hundreds, took place on day #1 for the Webber family in Lafayette. Literally while the moving truck was unloading, this warm, smiling woman came walking through the break in the hedge between your house and ours, and in one hand was a pitcher of lemonade (the green one with the plunger in the center) and in the other, a big plate of chocolate chip cookies... (Although the debate continues as to whether it was a plate of brownies instead, this is my story... ;-)

OH what a DELIGHT!! But not just the snacks... Along with the refreshments; "Hi. I&m Fran Fritch, I live next door and along with my husband John and our children Mara, John, Ann, Beth, and Michael, we want to welcome you to the neighborhood! After you get settled, I hope you will come over so we can get to know you better. In the meantime, if there is anything we can do for you, don&t be afraid to ask." So utterly kind. So totally sincere. So absolutely from the heart.

This is the Fran I came to know, to respect, to appreciate, and to love. I have told countless people that this very scene was the basis for one of Norman Rockwell&s paintings, entitled, "The Neighbor", that he never quite got around to painting...

I thank God for the blessing of knowing your wife - your mother - and for the gift of neighborly love and so many memories of kindness that travel in my spirit up to this very day.

A candle is burning brightly in her name and you are all in my prayers.

Peace, Love, & Light...

Scott Webber
Bethesda, Maryland
Cris (Klemme) Burgett left a message on January 19, 2010:
My deepest sympathies to your family. She was a wonderful lady. I will always remember her with a big smile at the kitchen table when I came home with Beth for track meets. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Love, Cris
Tom and Bethel Kindell left a message on January 19, 2010:
Dr. Fritch,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Tom & Bethel Kindell
Brook, IN 47922

Jim Carroll left a message on January 19, 2010:
My deepest sympathies to the family. I know she will be missed, but to be in God&s presence is a comforting thought.

Jim Carroll (Purdue friend of John)
Sue Swick left a message on January 19, 2010:
As a former patient of Dr. Fritch I only saw him with is wife Francis a couple of times. It was very evident that they cared deeply for each other. May your many years of memories help you through these difficult times.
Sue Swick
Paula Titus left a message on January 19, 2010:
To Mara and family -- my sincere condolences for your loss. May you take comfort in knowing that she rests in the arms of her Savior.

-- Paula Titus
Eileen Bayley left a message on January 18, 2010:
John and Family,
We were so sorry to hear about Fran. She was a good friend when our families were growing up. Your family will be in our prayers.

Eileen and Jim Bayley
Soller-Baker Funeral Homes, Inc. left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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