Erma L. Fritz, 92, of East Liverpool, passed away on Monday, September 6, 2021 at Stone Pear Pavilion in Chester, WV.
Erma was born on July 2, 1929 in Calcutta, OH. the daughter of the late Stanford W. and Ruth A. (Dotson) Fitzsimmons. She graduated from East Liverpool High School with the Class of 1947 and lived in the area her entire life. Erma obtained her nursing degree at Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in 1950. After graduation she worked at Presbyterian Hospital (currently UPMC). After leaving Presbyterian Hospital, Erma worked as a nurse at East Liverpool City Hospital. She then went on to work for Dr. J.K. Rugh, and finally she returned back to East Liverpool City Hospital where she stayed until her retirement in 1984. During her time at Presbyterian Hospital Erma met the love of her life on a blind date. She married her Navy man, Robert A. Fritz, on June 21, 1952 and spent the next 48 years making memories with him.
Erma was a lifelong member of the Longs Run Presbyterian Church, now the Longs Run Trinity Presbyterian Church. She and Bob were married at the church, as was her daughter, Barbara, and all of her children were baptized there. She served as an Elder and enjoyed being involved with Church Quilters for many years. She and Bob started the Sr. Youth Group for fellowship. Erma was well known for her homemade spaghetti sauce which she cooked for the overnight youth retreats as well as for the gallons she cooked for the fundraising dinners held by the group at the church. Besides her church life, Erma was an avid card player. She played with and filled in for several Bridge clubs in the area. Because she enjoyed playing cards so much, card playing was always a favorite family activity when her children were growing up at home. You could often find the house full of teenagers playing cards at all hours with Erma at the far head of the table.
With her husband, Bob, Erma was very active at Beaver Local High School supporting their daughters in their activities. She was a very involved member of the Band Parents’ Association, Sports Boosters , President of the Jr. Mothers’ Organization, and ran the football and basketball concession stands for many, many years to raise funds for school equipment.
Those left behind to cherish her memory include: her three daughters: Barbara (John) Porterfield, of Springfield, OH, Beverly (T.J.) Coey, of Cincinnati, OH, and Beth (Richard) Schallick, of Columbiana, OH; her four grandchildren : Aaron Coey (and his partner Bo Zhao), Adam Coey, Jeffrey Schallick (his fiance Gina Caputo), and Katie (Logan) Buck; as well as her sister, Mary Isabel Lowe. She also leaves behind a special niece, Nancy Hoobler, who was like a fourth daughter to her, and her very special Orchard’s caretaker, Rachel Bragg, and Rachel’s young daughters Lexi and Olivia, whom she truly loved as her grandchildren, as well as several beloved nieces and nephews.
Along with her parents, Erma was preceded in death by: her husband, Bob, who passed away in 2000, her beautiful granddaughter, Claire Ruth Porterfield, and two sisters: Joanne MacLean, and Doris Osborne
Visitation will be held on Friday, September 10, 2021 from 10AM-12PM at Care Funeral and Cremation Specialists- Martin Chapel in Calcutta. The funeral will follow at 12PM with Pastor Steven Cramer and Pastor Ian Leyda from Longs Run Trinity Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be in Columbiana County Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to:Erma Fritz Memorial Fund Longs Run Trinity Presbyterian Church, 15851 Longs Church Road, East Liverpool, OH 43920 or the Erma Fritz Memorial Fund, Orchards at Foxcrest, 125 Fox Lane, Chester, WV 26034
Date: Friday, September 10, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Date: Friday, September 10, 2021
Time: 12:00 pm
Columbiana County Memorial Park Cemetery
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