Joseph C. Fritsch, 81, Batesville, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at Christ Hospital, Cincinnati.
The son of Irene (Schoetmer) and Elmer Fritsch was born in Batesville May 31, 1931. He married Joan Siefert May 12, 1956, at St. Louis Catholic Church, and she preceded him in death Dec. 30, 2003.
Joe served in the Army Medical Corps during the Korean War. After the service, he spent 32 years as a salesman for Romweber Furniture and 23 years as a part-time clerk for the Batesville Liquor Store.
He was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus Council 1461, Knights of St. John Commandery 243, Prell-Bland American Legion Post 271 and Rosie Reds.
Joe found hobbies that became passions for him. A huge Reds fan, he hadn’t missed an opening day game in the last 40 years. He enjoyed traveling and regularly made trips to spring training. An avid card player, he was accomplished at solo, seven-up, 500 and poker. Joe was very active in both the Knights of Columbus and Knights of St. John. A past Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus and a past commander of the Knights of St. John, he has held many of the offices for both organizations through the years.
Other interests included reading, needlepoint and a love for music, although the kids indicated that love didn’t translate into being a good dancer. He also enjoyed sitting out on the deck with maybe a cigar or a martini, but most certainly the Reds game on the radio. According to his family, he was an excellent cheesecake baker and enjoyed almost every type of food except peas.
Joe also gave unselfishly of his time and talents. Many will remember his decades-long involvement running the general raffle for the St. Louis festival as well as working countless Super Sunday Bingos.
Relationships were important to Joe. He stayed in touch with high school classmates and Army buddies alike and looked forward to reunions. The relationship he most treasured was with his family. A proud grandpa, he loved being a part of his grandchildren’s activities, special events and birthdays. He especially cherished spending Christmas with loved ones.
He is survived by his daughter, Paula Fritsch, Avon; sons Michael (Rita), Batesville, Stephen (Jane), Dwight, Ill., and Thomas, Batesville; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.
Visitation is Friday, Feb. 15, from 4-7 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home with a rosary service at 4 p.m. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at St. Louis Catholic Church with the Rev. Randy Summers officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military rites conducted by the Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars and Prell-Bland American Legion posts.
The family requests memorials to Batesville EMS 10 or Gibault School.