DIXON – Mary Margaret Fritts, 97, of Dixon, passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at her home.
Margaret was born June 10, 1916, in Dixon, the daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth (Lauer) Prindaville. She married Fred O. Fritts on Feb. 25, 1936. He preceded her in death on March 3, 1975.
Margaret was a hard-working, loving, faith-filled person. She grew up on a farm. She loved helping her husband manage and work their family farm.
Margaret was a lifelong member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dixon, which was an integral part of her life. She cleaned the church, washed and ironed the altar linens, helped with funeral dinners, and took Communion to shut-ins. She belonged to the Catholic Women’s Club from which she was named Catholic Woman of the Year in 2002.
Margaret was a great cheerleader for her children and grandchildren. She would attend their games, celebrate their successes, and share in their defeats, usually with one of her famous homemade chocolate chip cookies. Everyone knew that they were Grandma’s favorite.
Margaret believed in the power of volunteering. She was committed to the pro-life cause, and opened her home to young expectant mothers needing shelter. She was one of the charter members of the Dixon Meals on Wheels program. She enjoyed delivering the meals and visiting with everyone on her route.
She is survived by one sister, Jovita Burke of Aurora; two sons, Jim (Mary) Fritts and Ed (Nancy) Fritts, both of Dixon; and four daughters, Kay Sholders of Ottawa, Carol (Frank) Friet of St. Louis, Mary Frances Fritts of Peoria, and Janet (John) Payne of Dixon. She also is survived by 23 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Ray and Daniel Prindaville; and her sisters, Frances Fritts and Pauline Hermes.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m., with prayers and rosary starting at 2 p.m., Sunday at St. Patrick Holloway Center in Dixon. A prayer service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Jones Funeral Home in Dixon, followed by the funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dixon with Monsignor Dan Hermes officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon. A luncheon will follow at St. Patrick Holloway Center.
In lieu of flowers, the family has established memorials to Margaret’s two favorite charities, Dixon Meals on Wheels and St. Mary Catholic School in Dixon.
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