Norma Jeane Fritz, age 81 of Carlyle, passed away Monday, March 2 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, Illinois. Funeral services for 81 year old Norma Jeane Fritz will be Friday, March 6 at 11:00 a.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church in Carlyle. Friends may call Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to service time at the church. Burial will be held later at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Malcom, Iowa. Memorials are suggested to the Messiah Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor’s choice. The Zieren Funeral Home in Carlyle is in charge of arrangements.
She was born on February 14, 1934, in Grinnell, Iowa, a daughter of Stan and Ruby (Butler) Ahrens. She married Arnold William “Bill” Fritz on June 21, 1953, in Malcom, Iowa, and he survives in Carlyle. Norma is also survived by 2 daughters – Dawn Stedelin and husband John of Robinson, Illinois and Jelene Rickhoff and husband Ken of Bartelso; a son, Dale Fritz of Birmingham, Alabama; 5 grandchildren – Jarrod Ashby and wife Crystal, Brook Stewart and husband Jim, Brent Rickhoff, Renae Poole and husband Adam, and Jenna Sims and husband Bryan; 8 great grandchildren; a brother – Donald Ahrens and wife Linda of Grinnell, Iowa; a sister-in-law – Juanita Ahrens; and a brother-in-law – Rick Curphy. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister – Mary Ellen Curphy; and 2 brothers – Paul and Raymond Ahrens.
Norma attended Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Norma and Bill moved to Carlyle in 1966, and she worked at the Clinton County Assessor’s Office for 32 years. She was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Carlyle, and sang in the church choir. She bowled in the Monday Night Ladies League and played bridge in the Thursday Night Bridge League. Norma also enjoyed sewing, crafts, and decorating cakes.
For friends wishing to honor Norma with a memorial, the family suggests they be given to Messiah Lutheran Church, or the donor’s favorite charity, and will be received by Zieren Funeral Home who is in charge of arrangements.
Zieren Funeral Home
1111 Clinton Street
Carlyle, Il 62231