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Phyllis M. Fritz

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Phyllis M. Fritz

AGE: 84 • Toms River

Phyllis M. Fritz, age 84, of Toms River, NJ passed away on Tuesday, at the Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood, NJ. Born in Somerville, MA on April 21, 1928, she was the daughter of the late John and Petranella (Nellie) Van Gelder. Phyllis was a resident of Riverdale, NJ for 40 years before moving to the Lake Ridge section of Toms River 17 years ago. She was a tireless homemaker who had previously worked in Paterson, NJ with NJ Bell Telephone Company. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was funny and fun loving being a great storyteller who also loved to jitterbug to the big band sounds in her early days while also having a lovely singing voice. She was a good friend and neighbor not just to those she knew but to those she may just have met. She had interest, compassion for and a sixth sense about anyone fortunate enough to cross her path. Life was never dull when she was around.

Phyllis is survived by her beloved husband of 63 years, Harold L. Fritz; two children, Patricia E. Carlson and her husband Jeffrey of Rocky Hill, CT and Laurie D. Cosgrove of Manasquan, NJ; a sister, Doris Wilkinson of Waldwick, NJ; a grandchild, Kirsten Cosgrove of Poughkeepsie, NY; two nephews, William Wilkinson and Scott Evans; and two cousins, Jack Saathoff and Kathy Lech and her husband John.

Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 4 & 7 to 9 p.m. at the D'Elia Funeral Home, 1300 Vermont Ave., Lakewood, NJ 08701. Her funeral service will be 12:30 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the BG William C. Doyle NJ Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 350 Provinceline Rd., Wrightstown, NJ 08562. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the , 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231 or to the Salvation Army, c/o Ocean County Citadel, 1738 Route 37 East, Toms River, NJ 08753. For further information or to post a tribute online, please visit

Published in Asbury Park Press on Mar. 1, 2013
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