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Shirley E. Fritz

November 22, 1932 — February 15, 2021

Shirley Elaine Fritz, age 88, of Bryan, Ohio, died of natural causes on the morning of Monday, February 15, 2021. Born November 22, 1932, and raised on a farm near Hicksville, Ohio, Shirley was the daughter of Russell and Orpha (Kimmel) Hilbert. She met her husband of 60 years, Ward Fritz, while attending the Farmer School. After graduating from Defiance College, Shirley became a teacher, primarily of high school English at Fairview High School. She also directed plays, acted as class advisor, and supervised yearbook publications. Over her thirty-year career, she taught thousands, including children and grandchildren of her earliest pupils. Her life, her warmth and caring positively affected generations. An avid reader, Shirley’s home was filled with books and she enjoyed years of book club membership. She was a founding member of the Mothers of Twins Club and a lifelong member of the Methodist Church. She also loved the outdoors and camped extensively in state and national parks throughout the United States and Canada. She was happiest hiking mountain trails and photographing their national wonders. She shared these passions in slide shows she created for campground and community programs. Her children and grandchildren fondly remember nights around the campfire, particularly in her beloved Colorado Rocky Mountains. Shirley is survived by three daughters--Loreli (Steven) Fritz Cohn, of Highland Park, Illinois, Toinette (Jack) Wills, of Gahanna, Ohio, and Teresa (John) Marsh, of Pickerington, Ohio; eight grandchildren--Ben Cohn, Julia (Cohn) Rugletic, Joseph Wills, Nathan Wills, Hilary Barnhart, Elaine Casa, Robert Marsh, and Kate (Marsh) Heiner; and nine great-grandchildren--Jackson Patrick Cohn, McKenna Burchett, Ella and Gabriel Casa, Brynn and Anderson Barnhart, Lily and Harper Marsh, and Reid Heiner. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Ward, in 2014 and sister, Eva Gaye Tomlinson, of Bryan, in 2019. A service celebrating the life of Shirley E. Fritz (b.1932 - d.2021) will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 9th at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 903 Center Street, Bryan, Ohio. Following the service, an open reception will be held in the Fellowship Hall until 5:30 p.m. All who knew Shirley are welcome.
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Celebration of Life

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Starts at 2:30 pm (Eastern time)

Wesley United Methodist Church

903 Center St, Bryan, OH 43506

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Reception

Saturday, October 9, 2021

3:30 - 5:30 pm (Eastern time)

Wesley United Methodist Church

903 Center St, Bryan, OH 43506

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