Edward A. Fritsch
1922 - 2020
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Edward A. Fritsch

Sheboygan - Edward A. Fritsch, 98, entered into his peaceful eternal rest on Sunday, May 3, 2020. He was born on April 25, 1922 to Herman and Melitta (Reimer) Fritsch in Sheboygan.

Ed had been in hospice care since November, and somehow found his last bit of energy to enjoy a 98th Birthday Parade in his honor just eight days ago, complete with newspaper and TV coverage.

He graduated from Sheboygan Central High School in 1939, and after high school, Ed enlisted into the US Army during World War II, serving in battles in Italy during 1944-1945. He was awarded a Purple Heart for combat injuries. On April 19, 1951, Ed was united in marriage to Lois A. Radke, until her death on December 18, 2004.

Ed was employed at Sheboygan Glass for several years until he began a 28-year career as a US Post Office mail carrier until 1986. He met many life-long friends throughout the years on his daily mail route. Ed was a long-time member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, serving as an usher for many years. Ed received many awards and accomplishments throughout his life, even in his later years.

Ed was a Classic league bowler, horseshoe player, and dartball player. He competed in the ABC National Bowling Tournaments throughout the USA for many years, and Ed and Lois enjoyed these "vacations" with friends. He was inducted into the Sheboygan Bowling Hall of Fame in 1999. Ed competed in many horseshoe leagues and won the Class H Wisconsin State Tournament in 1984. Ed was a member of the Good Shepherd Falcons dartball team for many years.

Ed enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, "puttering around" on the family farmland, closely following the Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Cardinals (who combined to win 24 championships during Ed's lifetime), eating and socializing at Bill's Corner Café, attending Sheboygan A's baseball games with his son Tom (he was named their Fan of the Year in 2008), watching FOX News, and supporting Sheboygan Lutheran High School.

For his service in the Army, Ed was able to go on a Stars and Stripes WWII Honor Flight to Washington DC in November 2010 to view the WWII Memorial and other sites. This was a very unforgettable event for Ed, one that evoked many memories from over 65 years before.

In March 2013, at age 90, Ed was named the 15th member of the Green Bay Packers Fan Hall of Fame at Lambeau Field. That was a major event in his life, and his entire family attended this wonderful occasion. He received a tremendous amount support, publicity and accolades from all over the United States and beyond with this honor. His wife's family had season tickets since the mid-1950's, and Ed attended many, many games at City Field and Lambeau Field. In his acceptance speech, he turned to Mark Murphy and thanked the Packers organization for the honor and said, "I've had a great life".

Ed, you did have a great life, and now you have entered into eternal rest absent all the recent pain and suffering.

Ed is survived by his son Tom Fritsch, Sheboygan, and his daughter Cindy (Randy) Pfister. Green Bay. He is further survived by 2 grandchildren, Ryan (Jessica) Pfister, Neenah, and Kelly (Ray) Siler, Readstown. Ed had 7 great grandchildren, Jack Klundt, Owen Klundt, Elsy Pfister, Rhys Pfister, Hadley Siler, Willow Siler, and Rio Siler. He is also survived by a brother-in-law James Radke, Green Bay, nephew Dan (Karen) Fritsch, Oconomowoc, and many very wonderful friends, including Janine and Helen Bergeron. Special thanks to Cindy, who helped with Dad's caretaking since July, and Aurora Hospice for their compassionate care.

He was preceded in death by his wife Lois, an infant son Randall Edward, his brother Harold Fritsch, and sister Mildred Fritsch. Ed always found the time to attend many, many funerals throughout his long life to pay tribute to those who passed before him.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1624 S. 23rd Street, Sheboygan. A burial will take place at Lutheran Cemetery, with Rev. Christian Gugel officiating. (Due to current health concerns, only ten visitors at a time will be allowed in the church for visitation.)

Cards of expression and memorials in Ed's name may be sent to the Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home, 1535 S. 12th Street, Sheboygan, WI 53081. Online condolences may be expressed at www.reinboldfh.com








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Published in Sheboygan Press from May 5 to May 6, 2020.
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April 29, 2021
Remember back to my friend Ed, a wonderful neighbor and customer. A heart of GOLD. He would do just about anything for anyone. Loved his garden, and always telling you a story of some sort. I sure miss him dearly.

Bill Schwobe
Bill Schwobe
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May 9, 2020
A Friend, A Neighbor, A Father Figure. I will never forget everything he taught me, encourage me, helped me. Giving me so much support at Bill's Corner Cafe' . Living next to Ed on 15th Street. I will always treasure those days.
Bill Schwobe
May 9, 2020
Tom my sympathy. Got to know your dad
through dartball. He was a competitor. Was
delighted when he was chosen Packer HOF fan.
God's blessings to you and you family. Halvy
May 8, 2020
Condolences on the transition of your father. He is now with all his friends catching up. We have fond memories of all those trips he and Lois made to the Dells with our family. He was a terrific guy. He blessed so many. We hold you all in our prayers during this grieving time. God bless. The brown family.
Beth and Amy
May 7, 2020
Tom and Cindy, Our sympathies in the loss of your father. Fond memories from our days at church, together.
Mark Heller
May 7, 2020
Fritsch Family:
Our deepest sympathies on the passing of Ed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Bruce & Diane Beringer
May 6, 2020
This is really hardly to do. I have watched my father and yours play sports togother since i was a child bowling basksetball they were good men.
Mark Norgaard
May 6, 2020
So sorry to hear this news! Ed was one of a kind! I enjoyed talking to Ed every time I saw him. I got to know Eddie through dartball! What a great guy! I know my folks are going to miss him too. They enjoyed bowling and Dartball with Ed!

I will cherish the memories!
Scott Rohde
May 6, 2020
I enjoyed seeing my old neighbor and visiting with Eddie when he played on the dartball league in Sheboygan Falls. It was always nice to chat with him. He will be missed.

Patti & Paul Schmitt (Betke)
Patti & Paul Schmitt (Betke)
May 6, 2020
I was very saddened to read of Ed's passing. I have known him my entire life. From being on bowling team with my Father Bucky Kaminski and baby sitting for you. He had his route for delivering the mail by our home on Ontario Avenue when I was growing up and after I was married he was delivering it by me on Georgia Avenue. My Dad and Ed took me to wrestling match that was at the Playdium when I was about 10. So many wonderful memories and I will miss receiving my First Christmas Card every year from him. You are all in my Thoughts and Prayers and He will now be bowling with my Dad in Heaven. All my Love Paula Kaminski Rick.
May 5, 2020
Our Deepest Sympathy.


Kathy & Mike Goetsch
May 5, 2020
To Eddie's family.
You have our deepest sympathy for the loss of a wonderful man. Ed was always so happy and giving and a joy to be around. You have so many good memories to help you through this time. God's peace and comfort for Eddie and all of you.
God Bless you all!

Dennis and Teresa
May 5, 2020
To Cindy & Tom: You have my sympathy on your dad's passing. Your mom and dad were good friends of my mom and dad and the Beckers. It brings back a lot of memories.
Dick Niemann
May 5, 2020
I always enjoying visiting with my uncle. He would tell me stories of when he was young and I loved the stories. He will be missed.
Beth Sommerfeldt
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