Irene Fritz, 96, Siberia

Irene Fritz, 96, of Siberia, died Tuesday, July 14, at Brookside Village in Jasper. She was born in Ferdinand February 1, 1924, to Simon and Elenora (Tempel) Petry. She married Joseph Fritz March 29, 1948, at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Siberia.  He died February 1, 2009.

Irene enjoyed cooking, quilting and gardening. She made hundreds of crocheted jar openers for friends.

She is survived by three daughters, Rose Beck and husband Dan, Jasper, Barbara Welp and husband Gene, Ferdinand, and JoAnn Greenwell and husband Keith, Loogootee; two sons, David Fritz and wife Sandy, Gentryville, and Bob Fritz and wife Connie, Siberia; 11 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two brothers, Earl and Urban Petry.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Martin of Tours Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the St. Martin cemetery fund. Online condolences can be shared at