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LAKE WALES - Frederick "Fritz" Baumgartner, 86, of Lake Wales, FL passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at Lake Wales Medical Center due to lung cancer.
He was born July 15, 1927 in Naperville, IL to the late Paul Peter and Bertha Baumgartner, was raised in Naperville and graduated from Naperville H.S. in 1945. He served in the US Navy until 1947, married Laverne A Swanson in 1948 and they raised their 4 children in Naperville. He spent the majority of his career as a Licensed Plumber and Plumbing Contractor. He also served as The City of Naperville's Building Commissioner and Plumbing Inspector. During their Naperville years, Fritz & Laverne were members of SS Peter & Paul Church and enjoyed tennis, dancing and bridge. In retirement, they moved to Lake Wales and were parishioners of Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, LaVerne; his sister Marge and brother Pete. He is survived by his: daughter, Rae Ann Arnold (Timothy) of Lake Wales, FL; sons, Gary Baumgartner (Gloria) of Naperville, Larry Baumgartner (Jan) of Naperville and Eric Baumgartner (Dianne) of Batavia, IL; 14 grandchildren, Jeanette Arnold, Tamra McDaniel (Scott), Matthew Arnold (Casey), Jill Kuhfus (Matt), Blake & Brett Baumgartner, Ryan, Rob & Jeff Baumgartner, Michael (Brittney), Matthew, Megan, Morgan & Madison Baumgartner; plus eight "great" grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Ann (Shoger) and many nieces & nephews.
A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, December 6 at 10 a.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church (Lake Wales, FL) with Father Glenn Charest officiating. Both Fritz and Laverne will be buried at SS Peter & Paul Cemetery in Naperville, IL.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to "The Wounded Warrior Project" ( www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate ) joining Fritz and his support of our country's service men and women.
Condolences may be sent through the following website:
Marion Nelson Funeral Home
454 South Buck Moore Road Lake Wales, FL 33853
Published in Ledger from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, 2013