FRITZ, R. Kathleen - (February 24, 1916 - July 19, 2017) -
Kathleen was born in Mount Forest, Ontario to Dr. and Mrs. George Beacom - a sister for Jack, Roy and Bill, now deceased.
She was predeceased by her husband of 38 years, Elgin Fritz.
Kathleen is survived by her niece, Hope (Ron) Fennell and their children Maeghan (Mike) Rohwer and John (Christine) Fennell and their children Ava and Carter; her nieces Janet (Glenn) Smyth, Betty (Paul) Thornton, nephews Gardiner (Joan) Beacom, Kirk (Delilah) Beacom and their children.
She was predeceased by her nephew, Karl (Jackie) Beacom and their children.
Kathleen remembered fondly her days in Mount Forest – leadership of fine teachers and access to sports with her brothers and friends. After graduating from Listowel Secondary School, Kathleen attended Teachers College in Stratford Ontario – the start of a 35-year teaching career that included schools in Milverton, Stratford, Leaside and St. Catharines.
In 1950 Kathleen married Elgin Fritz and moved from Leaside, Toronto to St. Catharines where they enjoyed volunteer and church activities together. Neighbourhood children came often for cookies, hand-made mittens and story time. Elgin predeceased her in 1988.
Kathleen was a lifetime member of the United Church of Canada. Her volunteer activities were widespread – Sunnybrook Veterans Hospital, Community Concerts, Meals on Wheels and multiple Church organizations. She provided financial support to countless deserving organizations. Long after her retirement, she tutored many neighbourhood children who were struggling with their academics and took great pride in their achievements.
A Celebration of Life memorial service will take place at the Court of Brooklin, 5909 Anderson Street, Brooklin on Saturday, July 29th at 3:00 p.m.
Messages of condolence and shared memories can be left for the family by visiting barnesmemorialfuneralhome.com.