Bay City, Michigan
Our loving mother and grandmother passed away Monday, January 9, 2012 at Brian’s House, age 96. She was born April 26, 1915 in Bay City, Michigan to the late Frank and Stella (Balwinski) Gatza. She married Arthur J. Fritz in St. Hedwig Church on August 27, 1937; he predeceased her on May 4, 2006. Barbara was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. She was an avid Detroit Tiger baseball fan, football fan and enjoyed crocheting.
Surviving are two children, William L. (Laura) Fritz and Janice M. Starr, 10 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, five step great-grandchildren, three great great grandchildren, eight step great great grandchildren, one daughter-in-law, Patricia Fritz, five sister-in-laws and one brother-in-law. Barbara was predeceased by two sons, Jerald and James A. Fritz, one granddaughter, Ann Marie Fritz, one grandson, Paul Pabalis, one great-grandson, Matthew W. Fritz, one brother, Al Gatza and one son-in-law, Jerome Starr.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, January 13, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Fr. Bert Gohm will celebrate Mass and private interment will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Thursday from 2:00 to 8:00pm and at church on Friday after 10:00 AM. A Parish Vigil Service for Barbara will be held Thursday at 6:30 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Brian’s House, Holy Trinity Catholic Church or a memorial garden at the Division on Aging in Paul Pabalis’ name.