Dona "Ammie" Louise (Stern) Fritzler, 81, of Sterling passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014 in Sterling. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at Tennant Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 7, at Tennant Funeral Home, with Pastor Lew Champ officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Dona was born on Sept. 16, 1932, in North Platte, Neb., to Harold David Stern and Gertrude Lucille Stern Henning. She was the older of two children. Her sister was Vera Stern Nuss-Tolsen.
Her family owned Stern's Produce Company, where they sold eggs, cream, and ice cream. She worked there as a teen selling ice cream at the Dairy Bar. She graduated from Sterling High School. She played clarinet in the high school marching band, which traveled to Washington, D.C.
She married Edward F. Fritzler on March 25, 1951, at the Congregational Church in Sterling. They were married for 62 years until his passing on May 31, 2009.
She was a secretary/bookkeeper for Phillips 66 Fertilizer, which Ed managed. Dona and Edward later began their own fertilizer and chemical company, B&F Sandfighters, in 1988 with their two sons, David and Chris.
She was a member of the Eastern Star, Beta Sigma Phi sorority, and the Sterling High School Booster Club. She loved to travel with her husband and family. They earned many trips selling Mol-Mix liquid feed for Phillips 66 Fertilizer including: Nassau, Bahamas, Jamaica, New Orleans, and Hawaii. She once took 16 family members on a special trip to Disney World. She also loved to dance. Her family was her life though.
Dona and Ed loved sports and enjoyed watching their sons, grandsons, and granddaughters playing volleyball, football, baseball, softball, basketball, wrestling, track, swimming, and t-ball. They were supporters of all Sterling High School athletics and were voted "Fans of the Year" in 1997-98. They enjoyed camping, fishing, and boating at Lake McConoughy. They loved to go with their family and with friends Jim and Bertie Honstead, and Ernie and Helen Atchison.
She is survived by daughters, Deborah Baney and Denise Gardner and husband Mike of Sterling; sons, David Fritzler and wife Susan and Chris Fritzler and wife Becky of Sterling; nine grandchildren, Leland "Lee" Barber and wife Jessie of Fort Lewis, Wash., Casey Barber and wife Jill, Jarret Baney, Bart Baney and wife Megan, all of Sterling, Cody Fritzler and wife Ali of Eagle Mountain, Utah, Katelyn Fritzler of Orem, Utah, Kyle, Ethan, Kirstyn Fritzler, all of Sterling; great-grandchildren, Emma, Ayla, Bode Baney, Hunter, Ryker Fritzler.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; parents, Harold and Gertrude "Dolly;" and sister, Vera J. Nuss-Tolsen.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Plains in care of Tennant Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1547, Sterling, CO 80751.
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