Christine Elizabeth Fritzsche, 91, passed away on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at St. John’s hospital in Springfield. Christine was born to Annie Weir Sweeney and James Hamilton Sweeney on November 8, 1929, in Mt. Olive. She married her high school sweetheart, Adrian Kenneth Fritzsche, on May 24, 1948. He preceded her in death on December 25, 2007.
Christine graduated from Holy Trinity Catholic School and Mt. Olive High School. Christine’s greatest love was her husband Adrian and her large extended family. She devoted her entire life to caring for her family. She was the proud mother of twelve children and loved every one of her fifty grandchildren and great-grandchildren. One of her favorite activities was shopping for all of them. Christine was a devout Catholic and loved her church and could always be found working at all the various church events.
Visitation will be at St. John Paul II Church in Mt. Olive from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 19. A funeral mass will be at St. Paul II Church on Tuesday, July 20 at 11:00 a.m. Memorials are suggested to Calvary Catholic Cemetery, St. John Paul II Alter & Rosary Society or St. John Paul II Catholic Church in Mt. Olive.
Survivors include her children, Adrian (Suzanne) Fritzsche Jr., Joan (Michael) Klaus, Jeanne Johnson, James Sweeney, Catherine (Joe) Doyle, Diane (Rick) Lorenzen, Debbie (Chris) Lydon, Tim (Jan) Fritzsche, and Kevin (Julie) Fritzsche; daughter-in-law, Sally Fritzsche; and 28 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Christine was preceded in death by her parents, James and Annie Sweeney; sisters, Catherine (Sister Venantia), Margaret, Mary, and Joan; brothers Michael, William, James, Patrick and Francis Sweeney; husband, Adrian Kenneth Fritzsche; son, Dennis Fritzsche; and daughters, Kathleen Keating and Carol Hopkins.