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.