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Jane Fritsch went home to her Lord and Savior on Thursday, July 3, 2014, after bravely battling breast cancer. She passed away in her Richfield Twp. home surrounded by her loving family. Jane was the youngest child of Maurice and Loretta Langenderfer, born on October 2, 1939, in their home in Richfield Twp. She was a graduate of Notre Dame Academy and Mercy School of Nursing in Toledo. On May 13, 1961, Jane married the love of her life, L. Donald Fritsch. She practiced nursing at Mercy Hospital in Toledo until early 1962, when she began fulfilling her vocation as a full-time wife and mother. After her children were grown, Jane worked for Café Marie for several years as a hostess and manager, until her retirement.
Jane was a loving, joyful, energetic woman who enjoyed being active and spending time with her family and her many relatives and friends. She was a talented softball player in her youth, and her love for the game never ended, as she attended countless baseball and softball games played by her children and grandchildren, even in the final weeks of her life. Jane loved being outdoors in summertime and enjoyed gardening and caring for her lawn and flowers. When she wasn't outdoors, she enjoyed dancing, bowling, or simply socializing with those she loved. Those who knew her well know that she was always comfortable in conversation, and rarely at a loss for words. Jane also enjoyed playing card games of all kinds, continuing her family's tradition; and although she passed this tradition down to her children and grandchildren, it was rare for any of them to beat her.
Jane loved her savior, Jesus Christ, and faithfully served His Church even from her youth. She served as sacristan at Immaculate Conception parish when she was in the 8th grade, and she went on to become involved in parish life in many ways throughout her life, including serving as a member of the Altar-Rosary Society, working on many parish festivals, and serving as a lector and Eucharistic minister. Jane was an ardent supporter of Catholic education, and she was involved in countless activities of her parish's schools, even after her children had graduated. She fostered growth in her spirituality through her experience with Marriage Encounter and Cursillo, and she remained an active leader in the Cursillo movement for many years.
The greatest passion in Jane's life was her family. She was, above all, a devoted and selfless wife, mother, and grandmother. She was tireless in attending every activity of her children and grandchildren. She sacrificed her time and energy so that her family could enjoy many memorable summer vacations together. Jane's light always shone brightest on holidays. By her loving and hospitable nature, she never failed to make the holidays special for her family. Through her labors of love, holidays in her home were always filled with food, drink, faith, and, above all, love. Over the years, Jane instilled many beautiful traditions that are sure to live on for generations to come. Although she helped to provide many special times for her family, it was in her every-day life that Jane's tender loving-kindness honored Don, and nurtured their children and grandchildren. Whether it was a special occasion or just an ordinary day, she always found her greatest joy in being surrounded by Don and their children and grandchildren.
Jane is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, L. Donald Fritsch; her children, Donald (Kristin) Fritsch, Daniel (Marie) Fritsch, Timothy (Linda) Fritsch, Ronald (LeeAnn) Fritsch, Gregory (Michelle) Fritsch, Cathy (Scott) Lumbrezer, Jennifer (Michael) Rafferty, and Christopher (Natalee) Fritsch; her grandchildren, Donald, Kimberly, Elizabeth, Brittany, Nicholas, Ryan, Jessica, Genevieve, Joshua, Allison, Jason, Abigail, Emily, Zachary, Brian, Elyse, Evan, Alexander, Sean, Brendan, Mackenzie, and Noah, and her siblings, Sr. Teresa Langenderfer, SND, Albert (Mary Jeanette) Langenderfer, John (Anne) Langenderfer, and Daniel (Mariarlene) Langenderfer. Preceding her in death were her parents, Maurice and Loretta Langenderfer; siblings, Gordon, Rita, and Joseph Langenderfer, and grandson, Jacob Fritsch.
Family and friends may visit at Reeb Funeral Home, 5712 N. Main St., Sylvania, Ohio on Monday, July 7, 2014, from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m., and on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. There will be a scripture service at 7:30 p.m. both evenings. Her funeral Mass will be at Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., where visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Marygrove. Those wishing to make monetary donations are asked to consider Holy Trinity School and the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research. Jane's tribute video can be viewed and online condolences offered at
Reeb Funeral Home
5712 N. Main Street
Sylvania, OH 43560
Published in Toledo Blade on July 6, 2014