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Matthew Fritz

February 28, 1929 - July 17, 2016

Prayer Service - Thursday

July 21, 2016
- 7:00 PM

Nativity Catholic Church, Fargo

Visitation - Thursday

July 21, 2016
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Nativity Catholic Church, Fargo

Funeral Mass - Friday

July 22, 2016
- 10:30 AM

Nativity Catholic Church, Fargo

Arrangements

Boulger Funeral Home

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Matthew Fritz

February 28, 1929 - July 17, 2016

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Matthew Fritz passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on July 17, 2016 after a short illness.

Matthew was born on February 28, 1929 to Frank and Celestine (Klontz) Fritz on the family farm near Cummings, North Dakota. He grew up near Thompson, ND and attended St. Josephs School in St. Benedict, ND, and graduated from St. James High School in Grand Forks, ND in 1947. After high school, he become an apprentice electrician for Junge Electric in West Fargo and then to Central Electric in Fargo.

Matthew was very proud for having served his country as a member of the United States Air Force from December 1950 to December 1954, spending two years in Thule, Greenland; leaving as a staff sergeant. After his service, he began working as an electrician for Hatfield Electric in Silver Bay, Minnesota. In 1960, Matthew and his brothers, Raymond, Sylvester, and Larry formed Fritz Electric in Fargo. The business thrived for many years through his retirement in 1997. Prior to his retirement, Matthew served as the Governor of the regional chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) for two years.

Matthew met the love of his life Dolores Trottier from Horace, ND, and they were united in marriage at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Wild Rice, ND on June 22, 1957.

Matthews’ greatest enjoyment and gifts was the time he shared with his family. His children and grandchildren were the joy of his days. He was an excellent cook and loved cooking for the entire family. Matthew and Dolores were founding members of The Church of The Nativity in Fargo where Matthew was active in the parish council for several years. In addition, he has been a member of the Diocese of Fargo Building Committee for many years. Matthew was a sweet, gentle man who was more concerned about others than himself. He was a man of strong Christian faith that found ways to give back to his community; for the past many years, he has rebuilt bikes as part of the American Legion Bike Shop that are returned to those in need after refurbishing. Matthew enjoyed working on his yard and home with Dolores. Matthew loved attending sporting events to watch his grandsons play baseball, soccer, basketball and football. He was a fixture at many Shanley, Fargo Post #2 and Bombers baseball games, at his perch above first base.

Matthew is survived by his daughter, Patty Fritz; son, Jason Fritz; son, Steve Fritz and his wife Diane along with their children; Andrew Fritz, Fargo; Jacob Fritz, Fargo; Lucas Fritz and wife Renae Witta, Richfield, MN; He is survived by his sister, Madelyn Stringer, Fargo; brothers: Bud (Lola) Fritz, Fargo; Larry (Judy) Fritz, Fargo; brother-in-law, Ted Warren, Fargo; sisters-in-law: Carol Trottier, Fargo; Marilyn (Deni) Hagge, Springfield, OH; Sharon Fritz, Fargo; Jean Trottier, TX; Mae Trottier, Bismarck, ND; brothers-in-law: Raymond (Carol Lee) Trottier, AZ; Dennis (Cloy) Trottier, KY; David (Karen) Trottier, AZ; Richard (Linda)Trottier, Fargo; Ronald (Sherri) Trottier, Park Rapids, MN; along with many special nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Dolores; his mother and father; brothers: Hank (Geneva); Raymond (Naomi); and John; sisters: Marie (Truman) Thompson; Delores (Red) Skaarer; Barbara (Bud) Berglund; Dorothy (Bud) Stowe; Ann (Doc) Candor; and Eileen Warren; brothers-in-law: Leroy Trottier and Gerald Trottier.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Fargo American Legion “Bicycle Program” at PO Box 2525, Fargo, ND 58102.

There will be a Prayer Service at Nativity Catholic Church at 7:00 p.m. Thursday with visitation in the church from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The funeral will be at Nativity Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m., Friday with visitation one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be at Holy Cross South Cemetery.

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6 responses to “Matthew Fritz”

  1. Mike and Sharon Malone says:

    Matt,
    It was a blessing to spend time with you this last May. You will be missed.

  2. Fr. Tim Bushy says:

    Dear Fritz Family,
    You all are in my thoughts and prayers in the death of your Dad. Matt was a wonderful man of faith and I enjoyed him and your mother and family very much while at Nativity. May his legacy of faith live on in all of us and may he have eternal peace and joy with our loving God.

  3. Ginger says:

    Sad to hear he has gone home to be with our Heavenly father, I will miss his hugs as he always welcomed me HOME to Fargo when visiting my parents next door. He will be missed . Love and Hugs to his precious family during this difficult time.

    with love, Ginger “Walsh” Torgrimson (Ryan, Gunnar, Kelsey and Jakob )

  4. Richard and Joyce Gunderson says:

    Our sympathy to the Fritz family.

  5. Cyd Gullickson says:

    Patty, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Mom sends her thoughts and prayers also. Cyd

  6. Keney foster says:

    Matt,was always at Nativity before 745 A.M. mass to visit with those who came early .will miss him.

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