Neil Fritz (1940 - 2012)

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Neil T. Fritz, age 71, of Marshfield, passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, with his family by his side. Memorial Services will be held at 7:00 PM on Monday, April 9, 2012 at Hansen-Schilling Funeral Home in Marshfield. The Rev. Chris Schwanz will officiate. A time of visitation will be held on Monday from 3:00PM until time of service at the funeral home with an Elks Lodge of Sorrow at 6:30 PM. American Legion Post #54 will provide military honors during the Private Family Interment.

Neil was born on June 26, 1940 in Milwaukee, the son of Carl and Doris (Thoren) Fritz. He graduated from North Division High School in Milwaukee in 1958. Neil proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps after high school from 1958-61. He was united in marriage to Judith Eveyln Mack on May 16, 1964 in Milwaukee. Neil worked in the Milwaukee area until 1977 and then moved to Marshfield. He worked for the Wood County Highway Department until his retirement.

He was a member of the Marshfield Elks Lodge and American Legion Post #54, serving as commander from 2001-03. Neil enjoyed playing softball and throwing darts in his younger years. Those that knew him best will miss his warm spirit and his love for a good game of Sheapshead.

Neil is lovingly survived by his wife, Judy, Marshfield, two children: Julie (James) Perrin, Bancroft and Neil C. Fritz, Marshfield, two grandchildren, Anna Elizabeth and Jon James Perrin. He is further survived by his siblings, Wayne (Fern) Fritz, Nesta Schoenfeldt, Bruce (Carolyn) Fritz, Gary (Debbie) Fritz, and Wyatt (Nancy) Fritz; as well as, a special relative Jean Fritz. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Doris, cousin, Arnold Fritz and close friends, John Daley and Kenny Bilicki.

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Published in the Marshfield News Herald on Apr. 7, 2012
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