Louise Marie (McNamara) Fritschler, age 92 of Westfield, went to her eternal reward on March 7, 2017 at her daughter’s home in Grand Marsh surrounded by her children. Louise was born in Kansasville, WI (Racine County) to William and Barbara (Wacker) McNamara on July 21, 1924.
She married Charles “Fritz” Fritschler on April 2, 1945 on a weekend leave from the Army in Milwaukee Wisconsin. They moved from Milwaukee in 1954 to the village of Westfield where she lived until age and health forced her to live with her daughter in Grand Marsh. She worked as a housewife and mother until the death of Fritz in 1974. She then received certification to be a teacher’s assistant in Special Education in the Westfield School District and worked as a cook at Pine Lake Methodist Church Camp at Pine Lake until her retirement. Louise has been an unselfish person her entire life. She would give anyone the last penny she had if they needed it. With her as a role model her children had grown into caring adults. Over the past 27 years, after her retirement from working in the Westfield School District, she has made hundreds of hats and mittens for the inner school children in Milwaukee and for mitten trees throughout the area. In her later years she has made hundreds of lap robes for the elderly and the wheelchair people in the assisted living centers, nursing homes and King Veterans Home and Prayer Shawls. Many people in the Westfield area have been recipients of her work. Her hats and mittens have also gone to orphanages as far away as China and Russia, to children in day care settings all over the area, and to children in the Rock County Birth to Three Program. Her hats and mittens warmed children who stayed at Mary House of Hospitality in Adams County for many. She won many local, state and national awards for her knitting and crocheting. Her motto was, “If someone needs something to help them, why not do it.” Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren have never been in want of a warm hat, mittens or an afghan. She collected many hundreds of pounds of pull tabs for Ronald McDonald House. She worked as a “Bell Ringer” for the Salvation Army in the Westfield area until her health wouldn’t permit it, (after she was 90 years old). She also loved working at the elections in the village. It was her civic duty. She loved people, especially children, and many of today’s adults think of her as their second mom or aunt.
She was a member of the Westfield VFW Post Auxiliary 8718 and the Marquette County Home and Community Educators for over 60 years, and The New Beginnings Christian Community Church of Westfield.
She was a woman of great faith in God, who lived her life for two purposes, to love and serve God, and to love and serve others. We also are confident that she heard the Lord say to her “well done, good and faithful servant” as she entered the presence of God in Heaven. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me, the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will reward to me on that day, and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing." 2 Timothy 4:6-8.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Morgan of Grand Marsh; four sons, William (Dianne) Fritschler of Clarksville, TN, Brian (Judy) Fritschler of Oxford, Gary (Darlene Boyer) of Plover and Mark (Ilene) Fritschler of Sauk City; seven grandchildren, Jason (Jenny) Fritschler, Jodie (Joe) Cook, Bradley Bengsch, Rebecca Bengsch, Miranda Fritschler, Nathan Fritschler and Noah Fritschler; five great-grandchildren, William, Caleb, Hannah, Jacob and Meghan; brother, Vincent (Mary) Sturm of New Berlin; sister-in-law, Jackie McNamara Bean, Westfield and many other relatives and friends.
She was greeted in Heaven by her husband; parents; step-father, Frank Sturm; siblings, Ralph McNamara and Martin Sturm; twin infant daughters; son-in-law, Dean Morgan and many other relatives and friends.
Per her request no formal service will be held. A private inurnment graveside service will be held at a later date in Westfield South Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to New Beginnings Christian Community Church, Westfield.
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