Donald W. “Donnie” Fredritz, 69, of Avon Lake and formerly of Carey, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, at University Hospitals, St. John Medical Center in West Lake.
Born July 5, 1952, in Upper Sandusky, he was the son of the late Howard J. and Agnes M. (Ariza) Fredritz.
Donald is survived by his first wife, Darlene Sue Timmons Fredritz Dible and her husband, Robert Dible; two children, Donald Robert “Dee” (Tabbatha) Fredritz of Carey, and Sheri Sue (Chris) Fredritz Brickner of Findlay; six grandchildren, Joshua, Dylan, Angel, Mark, Macie and Kerstyn; great-grandchildren, Brielle, Devin, Roice, Aryella, Remie, Lake, Lee, Dylan II and Caleb. He is also survived by his siblings, Norma (Howard) Fox of Millfield, Joe (Sandy) Fredritz of Carey, Bob (Marsha) Fredritz of Carey, Martha Weinandy of Carey, Teresa (Dan) Smith of Tiffin, Donna (Tom) Bouillon of New Riegel, Ed (Dolores) Fredritz of Carey; and a sister-in-law, Carol Fredritz of Tiffin; along with many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a granddaughter, Bridget Sue Young; and a great-grandson, Cameron Robert Fredritz; a sister, Debra “Deb” S. Rall; a brother, Tom Fredritz; and a brother-in-law, Earl Weinandy.
He was of Catholic faith and retired from Local 18 Operating Engineers Union after 25 years as a heavy equipment operator. He lived in Carey most of his life. He ended up in Avon Lake because of his love of boats, water, fishing and bending his elbow.
A celebration of Donnie’s life will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 25, at Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home in Carey, with the Rev. Tom Merrill, OFM Conv., officiating. Visitation will be three hours prior to the service, from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Carey.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice and sent to the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.StombaughBatton.com.