Phyllis Ann (Herrick) Fries, 81, of Bellevue, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at The Willows at Bellevue, following a brief illness.
She was born on Nov. 16, 1931, in Monroeville, Ohio, the daughter of Henry and Amanda (Shriner) Herrick.
Phyllis was a lifelong resident of the Monroeville/Bellevue area. She married Cletus Fries on June 18, 1946, and of that union raised seven children on the family farm in Monroeville. She worked in the MDC Department at Fisher-Titus Hospital for 18 years until her retirement in 1994.
She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Bellevue, the Altar Rosary Society, a former member of St. Sebastian's Church and the St. Ann's Study Club. She volunteered for many church and community functions and was a 4-H advisor for the former Sherman Township 4-H. She also served as housekeeper at St. Sebastian's Church Rectory.
Phyllis is survived by three daughters, Bonnie (Michael) Tyler, of Monroeville, Suzann Alt, of Mathews, N.C., and Jean (Peter) Schafer, of Bellevue; a son, Joel Fries and friend, Michelle Turner, of Norwalk; a daughter-in-law, Jean (Schemmer) Fries and son-in-law, Michael Bixby, both of Monroeville; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cletus W. Fries, in 1985; two sons, Dennis Fries, in 1969, and Aaron Fries, in 1996; one daughter, Cleo (Fries) Bixby, in 2002; grandson, Joel Fries II, in 1989; sisters, Pauline Popyk and Jean Herrick; brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Dorothy Fries; brother-in-law, Leonard Fries; and sister-in-law, Irene Fries.
Friends will be received on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. until a funeral mass begins at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 231 E. Center St., Bellevue. Burial will follow in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Bismark.
Memorials may be made to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870; or the Monroeville Athletic Boosters, 101 West St., Monroeville, OH 44847.
Foos and Foos Funeral Service, 151 Yorkshire Place, Bellevue, is in care of arrangements.
Memories and condolences may be shared at www.foosfuneral.com.
Foos and Foos Funeral Service
151 Yorkshire Place Bellevue, OH 44811
Published in The Bellevue Gazette on Nov. 1, 2013