Edna Dee Fritch

November 27, 1930April 3, 2013
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E. Dee Fritch, age 82, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013 in Bloomington, Ind. Dee was born to the late William Austin Teague and Dorothy Lenore Teague (Krause) on November 27, 1930, in Pendleton, Ind. On May 12, 1951, Dee married the love of her life, James Paul Fritch. Dee was a 1948 graduate of Helmsburg High School. She attended Indiana University where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Business as well as Indiana State University where she earned her Masters of Science in Education with a focus on Business. Dee was a teacher for 31 years, working in many high schools in Hutsonville, Ill., DeMotte, Ind., North Montgomery, Ind., and Kankakee Valley, Ind. Some of the organizations Dee belonged throughout her life include Tri Kappa, Business Professionals of America, Outstanding Educators of America, and Sorosis Club. Dee also managed and volunteered at Opportunity House in Bloomington. She was a member of Sherwood Oaks Christian Church. Dee was an avid golfer and shot her first hole-in-one at the young age of 80. She loved making friends wherever she went and enjoyed telling cute jokes. Dee was excellent with words, precise with language, and dressed sharply and appropriately for every occasion and holiday. One may say she spoiled her grandchildren, but she spoiled her husband, her children, her friends, and brother and sister with her unbelievable boundless love and energy. Dee is survived by her husband, James Paul Fritch; daughters, Cynthia (Peter) Williams and Cheryl Ashton; granddaughter, Rachel Williams; grandson, Luke Williams; sister, Pat Burns; and brother, Jim (Carol) Teague. Dee was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Bud Teague; and sister, Mary Grace Russ. Services for Dee will be on Monday, April 8, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Day Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior. Friends may visit the family on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Day Funeral Home from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Burial will be at Bridge Church Cemetery.


  • Visitation Sunday, April 7, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 8, 2013

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Sonia Andree Oezer

August 3, 2013

Mrs. Fritch was my shorthand teacher for two years at Kankakee Valley High School and she was my favorite! Not only did she teach us shorthand but she taught us how to be successful not only in a business career but any career post high school. I learned so much from Mrs. Fritch! Every student should have a teacher like her. I am so sorry for your loss.

Jane Gatlin

August 3, 2013

I was saddened to read this today. I, too, was a student of her Intensive Office Lab class in 1984 and I still have my Gregg Shorthand Book that she had us purchase. She was an outstanding teacher, precise and formal, and I definitely learned more from her about grammar, punctuation, and spelling than I did in any English class in HS. She was my teacher when I participated in state competition for Office Education Association (OEA), where I placed first in stenography at 110 wpm. I will always remember her with her stopwatch testing us and demanding more from us as students. I'm grateful that she cared enough for her students to push us to be our best. May she rest in peace.

Karen (Myers) Wentworth

August 1, 2013

I participated in her Intesive Office Lab at KV High School - Wheatfield, IN in 1980-81. While she had a rep as "strict" I realized she just wanted us to LEARN and accepted no excuses. Years after I realized she was one of the best teachers I ever had. We should have more teachers like that now. As a pretty "stand up" student, I remember coming to her class late after some teenage upset. I'd been in the bathroom crying. (No, I have no clue what the drama was now..... LOL) Now when I cry, it is VERY obvious. My face turns red and puffy. I walked into class 10 or 15 minutes late. She took one look at me and never said another word. didn't mark me tardy, didn't send me to the office.... just nodded at me and continued teaching. That woman didn't want to show it, but she had a heart of gold! I still have "The Word Book" sitting beside me at the computer desk (32 years later mind you!), which she gave to all of us - I believe when we graduated and finished the IOL.... Wish she had signed it! Thank you Mrs. Fritch. You did, indeed, make a difference in this person's life.

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Kathy Boezeman Payton

April 12, 2013

Mrs. Fritch was one of my teachers and also our class sponsor at DeMotte High School, and I have many fond memories of her. She always had so much energy and enthusiasm. My parents also had many pleasant visits with her and Mr. Fritch since my mother was also a teacher. My condolences to your family!

April 7, 2013

Dear Family of Dee Fitch,
Dee always brought a smile and laughter to those of us who volunteered with her at Opportunity House. She always had a joke to share. Her lovely smile reminded us of what it meant to share joy with others. Dee loved and was so proud of her family and shared many stories with us. Deep condolences to her family. We will miss her so much. Sandy Churchill

April 6, 2013

Jim, Cheri, Cindy and family. We are so sorry for Dee's passing from this world. We treasure our families times together through the years. Dee always brightened our days and when we visited in February it was the same. Our Love to all of you. Alan and Carol Hurley

April 5, 2013

I was surprised and saddened to read of Dee's death in this morning's paper. We all thought she would be coming back to Opportunity House to brighter our days with her cheery personality and clever jokes. She was a true treasure there and we will greatly misss her, and all the work she did for our facility. We are grateful for all the time and energy she contributed to our endeavor. Our sympathy to all her family and loved ones. Jeanne Overly

Chris Taylor

April 5, 2013

Vince, Vincent and I are sad to hear of Dee's passing. We loved every visit she made to Taylors' Par 3 with her friend Mary, with her husband Jim or by herself. We loved her stories about her family, her beautiful wit and her always complimentary outfits. She always made us smile. Rest in peace Dee and prayers to Jim and her family! We celebrated with her the day she had her hole in one on #5 (over the water) on November 4, 2008. We loved you deeply Dee! Chris Taylor, Taylors' Par 3 Golf Course.