Dolores S. Fritz, age 84, of Winona, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at Assisted Living, Burnsville, Minn.
Dolores was born November 26, 1929, in Colby, Wis., to Michael and Mary (Zils) Martin, and moved to Winona at age six. After completing high school she attended secretarial school and began her professional career at Watkins Manufacturing. On May 5, 1951, she married John P. Fritz at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Winona. Throughout her life as a wife and mother, she continued her career working at the College of St. Teresa, and for about 25 years she served as the secretary for the city of Winona in the offices of mayor, city manager and the City Council. She was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church for almost 60 years, serving on the parish council, the Rosary Society, the church choir, the quilting group among many other volunteer activities.
Throughout her life Dolores loved to sew for herself and her family. Her sewing skills helped many of the nuns at CST transition into modern habits and she helped create choir robes for St. Mary’s Church. She enjoyed golfing with family, friends, and in the leagues at Westfield. She kept busy with gardening, needlework and volunteering at Winona Health and the Tau Center.
She is survived by four children, David (Susan) Fritz, Wentzville, Mo.; Sue (Cary Huber) Fritz, Apple Valley, Minn.; Mary (David) Engleson, St. Paul, Minn.; and James Fritz, St. Paul, Minn.; two granddaughters, Kristin (Nick) Burlingham and Katie (Joey) Pfister; three great-grandchildren, Alice and Harper Burlingham, and Caleb Pfister.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John (August 7, 1997); two sisters, Magdalen Weix and Loretta Seiler; and two brothers, Ray and Eugene Martin.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 23, 2014, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Winona, with Rev. James Berning officiating. Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Winona, Minn.
Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m., Monday, June 23, in the Visitation Commons of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com. Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Winona, Minn., and Fountain City, Wis.