Blessed Be the Memory of Mary Fritz

Mary Catharine Belschner Fritz, passed away peacefully last night just before midnight at the age of 89.   She was born May 27, 1931.  She had been a resident at O.E. Barthell Eastern Star Nursing Home since November of 2017.  Prior to that she lived in Decorah, next door to Jim and Liz, for over 13 years.  Mary suffered for many years with severe roto-scoliosis which led to a complete degeneration of her spine.  She lived in a lot of pain but did so with determination and a ready smile.  She is finally without pain. Mary wanted her body donated to the Mayo Clinic for research.  Her ashes will be returned to us at a later date and a graveside service will happen at that time.  Due to this, the Covid crisis and some health issues in our family we will not have an immediate funeral service but will wait until later for a Celebration of Life event in her memory. We are all deeply in debt to the staff at Eastern Star Nursing Home, Dr. Wenner, Nurse Kathy Petersburg, Pr. Amy Zalk Larson, and the Hospice staff.  Thanks also to our friends and family who have helped mom, in any way, these past 17 years since dad’s death. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to:  The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation Thank you in advance for all your prayers and thoughts during this time. 

Obituary at Fjelstul Funeral Home