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Dolores Elzier Fritz, 90, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. She was born March 5, 1927 in Detroit to Daniel and Rena (Thatcher) Malbouef, the eldest of four children.
On June 25, 1946 she married Frederick E. Fritz in Fife Lake.
She was involved in many activities and organizations, including a 4-H leader for both cooking and sewing, the National Reamer Association and instructor in the Zephyrhills Art Club.
Dolores loved to work with her hands, sewing, painting, cooking. Dolores was an avid reader and she loved to write. She also enjoyed traveling within the United States, Canada and Germany.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who worked hard and took great pleasure in raising her family of seven children alongside her loving husband. She instilled strong work ethics, love and laughter in all her children and grandchildren.
Once the children were all in school she joined the workforce as a lunch lady at Traverse City public schools.
Dolores is survived by her children, Ronald Fritz, of Fife Lake, Patricia (Ott) Hobson, of Lake Ann, Richard Fritz, of Fife Lake, Donald Fritz, of Alma, Georgia, Carol (Steve) Hector, of Mesick and Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, and Barbara (Russell) Morris, of Ft. Myers Florida; son-in-law, Patrick Reicha, of Traverse City; daughter-in-law, Kathryn Fritz, of Madison, Florida; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Rena "Dolly" Hanselman, Barbara Kimbler and Daniel and Judy Malbouef; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Bever, Mary Hendges, Anna Newmarch and Helen Fritz; many nieces, nephews and extended family members to whom she was "Mom," "Grandma" and "friend."
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Fred; daughter, Katherine J. Reicha; grandson, Oliver A. Hobson; great-granddaughter, Natalie A. Reicha; and in-laws, Kenneth Bever, Walter and Matilda Ely, Edward Fritz, Garth and Rita Gauld, Russ Hanselman, Fred Hendges, Don Kimbler and Floyd Newmarch.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, at 11 a.m., with visitation at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Church, Traverse City. A luncheon and celebration of life will follow.
Memorials may be directed to the Father Fred Foundation or the Writers Series of Traverse City.
Please visit www.lifestorytc.com to sign the guestbook and share your thoughts and memories with the family.
Published on December 24, 2017
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