Adare Fritz

Born: Mon., Nov. 4, 1946
Died: Tue., May 29, 2018

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Fri., Jun. 08, 2018
Location: N. William St. Location

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Adare Fritz

Nov. 4, 1946 - May 29, 2018

SOUTH BEND - Adare Fritz, 71, of Mishawaka died Tuesday, May 29 in Tanglewood Trace Assisted Living following a lengthy illness. Mr. Fritz was born November 4, 1946 in South Bend to the late Barbara Jeanne (Muffley) and Arden E. Fritz, and lived most of his life in the South Bend area. He is survived by his children, Jessica C. Fritz of South Bend and Brian P. Fritz (Amy) of Amherst, OH; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Denise Sherman (Ray) of South Bend and Dierdre; and five brothers, Michael Fritz (Cookie) and Jerome Fritz both of Mishawaka, Terry Fritz (Judy) of Niles, MI, and Craig Fritz and Joel Fritz both of South Bend. His former wife, Barbara Fritz, still resides in South Bend.

Our father began working at A.M. General on May 8, 1968 as an assembly line worker and worked his way up to Sr. Vice President of Operations. He retired on Oct. 1, 2001. We always looked up to him with honor and respect, knowing what he had to go through to get where he was in life. He worked very hard to have the life he wanted, not just for himself, but for us kids. On the days dad did have a break from work, he had many hobbies, too many to mention; but a few were landscaping, fitness, and bicycling. Dad's favorite song was by Dionne Warwick, “A House is not a Home”, which seemed to always put him at ease and in a good mood. I (Jessica) have always considered my daddy to be my best friend and made sure he and everyone knew that. It was an honor and privilege to be able to take care of my daddy and even in the last of his days. He knew he was loved and that he could leave this life behind knowing those closest to him would be okay. I haven't met one person who would speak negatively about our father. People were blessed to be a part of his life because he was blessed to be a part of theirs. I carry you in my heart daddy and I love you!

Memorial Services with Military Honors will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 8 in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home, 521 N. William St., South Bend. Cremation will take place with inurnment to follow in Riverview Cemetery. Welsheimer Family funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Family and friends may leave email condolences at

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Sandy Raabe Jennings & Dave Spychalski
   Posted Sun June 03, 2018
I grew up with Adair. We used to sled on Oak Street Hill. He and my brother, Bob, were friends. He was a nice young man.
In later years, I was dating Dave, who worked at AMGeneral, and knew Adair from A coworker, and eventually Sr Vice President of Operations.
When my daughter got married, Adair helped me borrow a white Hummer, for the couple to ride to the reception in.
I will always remember his kindnees, and the fact that he never forgot his roots in that blue color neighborhood where we grew up together .

Bill Erdes
   Posted Sun June 03, 2018
From Colfax to Central to AM General. A fair and honest man. What could be more admirable?

   Posted Mon June 04, 2018
We use to live next door to the Fritzs for many many years so I'm very sorry to hear of his passing he was always nice all of the Fritzs were nice good people it's hard to loose a Brother we lost 2 Jimmy and Allen in the same year hold on to your memories keep him in your heart and remember we will all see each other again.🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Shauna Mccormick
   Posted Mon June 04, 2018
My cousin Adare was a very outgoing friendly, handsome man. Always a smile on his face. He used to live down the street from us and Jessica would be able to visit every so often. I Was so happy to have run into him at Century Center as that would be the last time I saw him. My sisters and Mom tried to all get together and visit but there was always someone or something that kept us from all being together to visit. I know in my heart he loved us and he knew we loved him. We will truly miss you Adare. May your journey from this life bring you peace.

Glen Eash
   Posted Mon June 04, 2018
Rest in peace my friend

Connie frisFrison
   Posted Mon June 04, 2018
Adare was a real man! One day he came to me and asked me what do I think of something (sandblasting) I just wasn't ready to talk. After all I just got to work. He said, "Ask not what the company can do for you, but what you can do for the company". To the twotwins I love and miss you. Keep your heads up.

Connie Frison
   Posted Mon June 04, 2018
Adare was a real man! One day he cameto me and askasked me what do I think of something (sandblasting) I just want ready to talk. After all I just got to work. He said, "Ask not what the company can do for you. but whatyou can do for thecomcompcompscompany".

Leslie Kolkowski
   Posted Tue June 05, 2018
I used to go to THE HEARTH on Thurs. nights to play bunco with the guests living. Adare was so friendly and nice from the first night I met him there. He loved to play bunco. He had to look at his phone quite often (he had the sound turned off), but he must have had so many friends calling that I had to excuse him for a round or two to respond to the friends and family calling, but he always came back to finish up the game.

Knowing him for that short time once a week it was easy to see how his friendliness had impacted all those who met him.

May God take his soul home to heaven for eternal happiness!
A grateful "bunco volunteer" who thought Adare was a wonderful man.
Leslie Kolkowski

Chad Bocock
   Posted Wed June 06, 2018

GARDEN PATH was sent by Chad Bocock.

In Loving Memory of Adare Fritz, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Grace & Peace, Chad & Amber Bocock and Larry & Becky Bocock

Peggy Sherer Fujawa
   Posted Wed June 06, 2018
I was in Adare's high school class at South Bend Central. After graduation, we both worked at Toasties, where I always found him to be a gentleman and very respectful. He was like a protective brother, who asked more than one customer to leave when they were rude or insensitive to the waitresses. Later, my husband Phil and I lived near him in Granger. While we weren't close friends, I always thought of Adare and being someone who cared about people, and would do anything to help. Eternal Rest, grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.

Chuck Feyos
   Posted Thu June 07, 2018
To the family of Adare: My heart goes out to you the family. Everyone that knew him became a friend. You will be missed by many people, including me. You were a good friend to me.

Sincerely, Chuck

Ken Kobek
   Posted Fri June 08, 2018
Saddened to see of Adair's passing. We became acquainted several years ago in business. One of the most memorable people I've met.

Amber Petro
   Posted Sat August 04, 2018
I knew the name before I met the man. I was working at the hospital when the name Adare was appearing on the ICU board. I started praying for that name. Years later I met him at Iron Bodies Gym. Everyone loved Adare! He will always have a fond memory in my mind. His dedication for fitness and helping others was honorable. He'll be missed on the island.
Hugs and praying for his family now.