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Mary Catherine Fritz, 87, formerly of 202 W. Golf, died February 19, 2018 at Good Samaritan Society-Ottumwa.
She was born April 21, 1930 in Bloomfield to Ernest and Vera Swank Brown. She married William "Bill" Fritz in 1955 and he preceded her in death in 1983.
A 1948 graduate of Bloomfield High School and Iowa School of Success, Mary had worked at American Optical and Sigel's Economy Furniture prior to her marriage.
Mary was an avid gardener and was very interested in collecting antiques and studying their history. She managed the YWCA Antique Doll & Toy Show for many years.
She loved and cared for her 3 grandsons.
Surviving are her children, Lisa Fritz and Eric (Jane) Fritz both of Ottumwa; 2 grandchildren, Tyler and Ryan.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Travis.
A dear friend of hers said "They broke the mold after she was made".
Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. Private graveside services and burial will be in Ottumwa Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Heartland Humane Society or Ottumwa Public Library.
Published on February 20, 2018
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