Joseph Clemens Fritza


May 28, 1927 - May 25, 2010




Joseph Clemens Fritza was born May 28, 1927, at home in Parkston, SD, to Clemens and Mary (Grossman) Fritza. He grew up at Parkston and attended Sacred Heart School. He entered the US Army in 1946 and served as an Army Paratrooper. On June 3, 1953, he married Marcelline Weber at Dimock. She preceded him in death in 1979. He farmed in the Parkston area until 1955, then farmed in the Mount Vernon area, where he did dairy farming, custom stack moving, hay grinding and combining until his retirement in 2002. On February 27, 1987, he married Viola Sunderland Putman in Mitchell. He was a member of St. Michaels’ Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife Viola, (Vi) Fritza; five children: Jean (Stan) Starr of Mitchell, Nancy (Ron) Kogel of Mitchell, Vickie (Lincoln Feistner) Fox of Letcher; Laurie (Greg) Kenworthy of Mitchell, John (Marilee Wisner) Fritza of Mitchell; two step-sons, Jim (Jill) Putman of Egan, MN, Scott (Tanja) Putman of Rosemont, MN; fifteen grandchildren, eight great grandchildren; two brothers, Leo (Tillie) Fritza of Parkston, Norbert (Joan) Fritza of Parkston; one sister, Marie Roemen of Dell Rapids; five brothers-in-law: Howard Sunderland of Anaheim, CA, Russell (Joyce) Sunderland of Sisseton, Lyle (Maureen) Sunderland of Mitchell, Jerome (Sharon) Weber of Dimock, Danny (Bev) Weber of Dimock; two sisters-in-law: Arliss Schaefers of Parkston, Janice Heisinger of Delmont and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marcelline (Nov. 25, 1979), and his parents.

 Memorials may be given in lieu of flowers to the Mt. Vernon American Legion and/or to Saint Michael’s Catholic Church.





Monday, May 31, 2010
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Tuesday, June 1, 2010
10:30 AM
Saint Michael's Catholic Church
Mount Vernon, South Dakota


Mount Vernon Cemetery
Mount Vernon, South Dakota

Posted by Bruce and Colleen DeJong on May 31, 2010
Nancy and Ron, Family
Sorry to learn of your Father passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May the Heavenly Father be there for you always.
Posted by Barb Dulaney on May 29, 2010
dear Nancy and family I would like to send all of you my deepest sympathy to you all at the passing of your Father. May the lord bless and keep you all . bless you all . Barb
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