Joann Katherine Fritza


December 27, 1944 - May 3, 2010




Joann Katherine Fritza was born December 27, 1944 in Mitchell, SD to Bernard and Viola (Puetz) Johnson.  She was baptized on January 14, 1945 and confirmed June 14, 1959 at the Salem Lutheran Church in Parkston. She grew up at Parkston where she attended school and graduated from Parkston High School in 1963.  She attended Nettleton Business College in Sioux Falls.  In 1964 she went to work at the Delaney Clinic in Mitchell, now the Dr. Lucio Margallo Clinic, where she was the office manager until the time of her death.  On August 4, 1973 she married Larry Fritza at the Salem Lutheran Church in Parkston.  In the early years of their marriage she enjoyed going pheasant hunting with Larry.  She and Larry coached girl’s slow pitch softball for several years in Mitchell.  Joann was an avid bowler and played women’s fast pitch softball.  She also loved to paint, garden and spend time with her two grandsons.  She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Mitchell.

She is survived by her husband Larry, one daughter Sarah Jo Wear and husband Jason of Aberdeen, two grandsons, Jamison and Mattson, her mother Viola Johnson of Parkston, one brother, John Johnson of Mitchell, one aunt, two uncles and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her father, her grandparents and a sister-in-law, Sharon Johnson.



Friday, May 7, 2010
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, May 8, 2010
10:00 AM
First Lutheran Church
411 North Duff Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by NyLetta Valer on May 9, 2010
Sarah - So sorry to hear about your mother passing. If there is anything I can do for you please let me know. Don and i will be praying for your family.
Posted by Kathy Murray on May 8, 2010
Sarah, My thought and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time. May you find comfort in the support and prayers of your family and friends and especially in the knowledge that your mother is now in the arms of her heavenly Father. Kathy
Posted by Liesl Hovel on May 7, 2010
Sarah, Jason, Jamison & Mattson:
My heart and thoughts go out to you and your entire family at this difficult time. Please know that even though I may not have met your mom Sarah, through all of your wonderful stories that brought laughter, I just know she was a truly wonderful person! Please come and tell me all those stories helps to heal the heart! Keeping her memories alive will help you survive the hard times! Friends and family will always be there too~Love u Wearsie! Liesl
Posted by Ronda Habicht on May 7, 2010
Sarah - You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so glad that Alicia and Nancy are able to attend the funeral. Remember to continue to reach out to your friends in the days to come.
Take care and God Bless
Posted by Tarra Fischer on May 6, 2010
Sarah and Family - There may be no words that can ease your pain in this time of darkness but know that your beloved mother is now surrounded by God's love and glory. Even though you miss her and your hearts are empty, may knowing that she is in the most woundrous and beautiful place comfort you. May god's love and grace shine on you and keep you through this difficult time.
Posted by Kathy Stagner on May 5, 2010
Sarah, Jason, Larry and family - I am so sorry for your loss. Joann was a wonderful beautiful person. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Jenny Johnson on May 5, 2010
Sarah and Jason you are in my thoughts and prays. Im so sorry for your loss. Try to remember that it will get better as time goes on. You are both strong people when you need to be so dig down deep and you will get through this remember to lean on each other! Love you guys, Jenny J.
Posted by Lynne McCafferty on May 5, 2010
Sarah and Jason, I am so very sorry for your loss. It is unexpected and comes so suddenly and abruptly. I know that your grief is overwhelming and heartbreaking. Know that this woman has left you with the precious gifts of memories. They are yours forever to keep. Each day you will find that you open one and the feelings, the smells, the sounds, the joy will be yours all over again time and time again. Please take care of yourselves and one another through this difficult time, but remember that she is not truly gone -- only in body -- her memory remains in the gifts that she left -- the gifts that you open each and every time you think of her. Love Lynne
Posted by Lisa Adler on May 5, 2010
Sara - I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to assit you in your time of need.
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