Obit: Fritsch, Myron John (1913- 2005)

Transcriber: Crystal Wendt

Surnames: Fritsch, Olszewski, Younker, Dumbleton, Johnson, Stansberry, Linn, Keating, Strosin, Merrill, Plockelman, Reinert, Way, Williams

----Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood Co., Wis.) Mon, Jan 31, 2005

Fritsch, Myron John (11 Jan. 1913 - 29 Jan. 2005)

Myron J. Fritsch, 92, of Owen died Jan. 29, 2005, at Clark County Health Care Center in Owen.

Maurina Funeral Home of Owen is assisting the family with arrangements.

----Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood Co., Wis.) Tue, Feb 1, 2005

Myron J. Fritsch

WITHEE -Myron J. Fritsch, 92, Withee, died on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005, at the Clark County Health Care Center in Owen.

Funeral services for Myron will be on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005, at 11 a.m., at the Maurina Funeral Home in Owen. Mr. Frank Olszewski will preside. Burial will be in Dorchester Memorial Cemetery. Visitation with family and friends will be Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005, at the Maurina Funeral Home, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Wednesday, from 10 a.m. until service time.

Myron John Fritsch was born in Abbotsford on Jan.11, 1913, to John "Jack" and Anna (Younker) Fritsch and was raised in Spencer. He married his beloved wife, Evelyn Dumbleton, on March 18, 1939. She preceded him in death on April 1, 1990. Myron attended Wisconsin State College-Stevens Point, graduating in 1935 and then returned to his home town to teach and coach for nine years. While in Spencer, he taught and coached three of his brothers and was influential in getting his brother Ted to play for the Green Bay Packers from 1942 to 1950. From Spencer he went to Medford to teach and then moved to Withee in February 1945.

In Withee his activities were diversified: Principal of High School and Grade School, coach, Science and Agricultural teacher. He refereed basketball games in the district and started Driver's Ed. at Withee when the first dual-controlled car was used. Summers Myron worked at the Spencer Coal Shed filling engines and handling baggage to supplement his income. He also worked at Marshfield, Dorchester and Owen Canning Companies as a cook and interviewed and hired several teachers outside the factory while on his break. He earned his Masters Degree in Administration from UW-Madison.

In 1955, he was instrumental in the consolidation of the Owen and Withee Districts. From 1963 to 1975, he was Superintendent of Schools and Curriculum Coordinator for the O-W School District. In 1982, Myron was the first recipient of the W.K. Doonan Award presented by the O-W Board of Education in grateful recognition of service to the school district. At UW-Stevens Point, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for excellence in football, track, shot put, discus and throwing the hammer.

Myron spent 40 years in teaching and administrating, retiring in 1975. He was past president of Clark County Education Association, the Cloverbelt Conference, Northwest School Masters Club, Withee Lions Club (Charter Member), Northwest Educational Association and was a delegate for the Wisconsin Education Association in New York in 1964. He was also a member of the Phi Delta Kappa and the Professional Education Fraternity of Wisconsin in Madison.

In life he was known to be firm but fair; had a good sense of humor, loved his family, his teaching and children, and working with teachers. His hobbies included working with tools, building toys for his grandchildren, remodeling his cottage, visiting historical sites and working with flowers.

Myron is survived by three daughters, Jacqueline (Russ) Johnson of Merrill, Barbara Stansberry of River Hills and Sandra Linn of Sheboygan; four grandchildren, Jill (Keith) Keating of West Allis, Amy Linn (Matt) Strosin of West Allis, Charles J. Stansberry, Jr. of New Berlin and Michael Stansberry of Minneapolis. Further survived by two brothers, James Fritsch of Cadott and Robert (Deborah) Fritsch of Sun Prairie; and sister-in-law, Lilac (Quentin) Merrill of West Bend; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his parents; brothers John and Floyd in infancy, Lawrence (Cecil) Fritsch, Emery (Lois) Fritsch, Theodore (Patricia) Fritsch; one sister, Lucille (George) Plockelman; and three sisters-in-law, Joyce (James) Fritsch, Dorothy (Adrian) Reinert and Lorraine (Russ) Way; and one son-in-law, William Linn.

Memorial donations may be given Myron's name to the State Bank of Withee for the Fritsch OWHS Scholarship Fund in memory of Evelyn and Myron Fritsch.

He was a loving generous father. He was, and always will be, an inspiration and great role model. He will be remembered by many for his positive attitude and great dignity throughout his life and will be deeply missed.

The family of Myron Fritsch would especially like to thank his Marshfield physicians and Dr. K. J. Williams and the Palliative Care staff for their dedication and support; and many thanks to the nursing staff for their kindnesses in his final hours.

Stevens Point , Wisconsin Central State Teachers' College

In 1927 Stevens Point Normal School became Central State Teachers College and began offering four-year teaching degrees. When post-World War II enrollment became less centered on teacher training and more focused on liberal arts education, the Wisconsin State Legislature intervened, elevating the school to a Wisconsin State College with the authority to grant bachelor's degrees in liberal arts. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



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