The funeral service for Sandra E. Fritz, 76, of Stewartville,MN will be on Thursday - (January 9, 2020) at 11:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Byron Meline and Rev. Kim Kyllo officiating. Burial will follow in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester,MN . Sandy died on Monday (January 6, 2020) at Mayo Clinic Rochester – St. Marys Campus, from complications, following a lengthy illness with COPD.
Sandra Evelyn Lexvold was born on August 16, 1943 in Red Wing,MN to George and Evelyn(Sharpen). She lived with her family in rural Wanamingo,MN where she grew up on the family farm and attended school, graduating from Wanamingo H.S in 1961. She attended beauticians school in Rochester where she received her certification as a hair stylist. Sandy was married on April 27, 1963 at the Wanamingo Lutheran Church to Roy L. Fritz. Following their marriage the couple lived in Rochester before moving to rural Stewartville in 1974, where they raised their family.They moved to rural High Forest in 1987, where they have continued to make their home. Sandy was a homemaker and was a self-employed beautician from her home for over 20 years. She also was employed part-time as a cashier at Boyum Foods in Stewartville for a number of years and as a temp. at IBM and at the gift shop at the Rochester Airport. Roy was a longtime employee at IBM in Rochester. Sandy was a long-time member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville and was a longtime active member of the Stewartville American Legion Auxillary. Following their retirement Sandy and Roy enjoyed travelling, often going on fishing trips up north. Sandy enjoyed helping with her kids 4-H projects and going to their sports and school activities. She was an avid Elvis fan and looked forward to playing bingo at the Legion. Sandy was quick to give everyone a hug and enjoyed a good prank. Most of all she loved family get-togethers and celebrations and time spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Sandy is survived by her husband –Roy; 1 daughter and 2 sons - David(Sherri) of Rochester; Bradley(DeeAnn) of Stewartville and Michelle Berning(Dave Schick) of Eyota; 8 grandchildren – Seth(Lacey) Berning, Brooke(Jerome) Ferson, Britni(Tony) Anderson, Luke Berning, Derek Fritz, Nicole(Tyler) Otteson, Ryan(Samantha) Fritz and Aleese Holst; 3 great-grandchildren – Leeland, Brielle and Tylan; 1 sister – Shirley Hanson of Fairbault; 1 brother – Larry(Connie) Lexvold of Rochester and 1 sister-in-law –Galene Lexvold of Rochester and many nieces and nephews. Sandy was preceded in death by her parents and 2 brothers - Duane Lexvold and Stanley Lexvold.
A time of visitation for family and friends will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m on Wednesday ( January 8, 2020) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Thursday morning. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. Condolences and memories of Sandy are welcome at www.griffin-gray.com
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