Fritsch, Lova I.

Lova I. Fritsch, 89, of Galesburg, died at 8:26 p.m. Monday, February 10, 2014 in Galesburg Cottage Hospital.

She was born August 26, 1924 near Burlington, Iowa the daughter of Ted and Gertrude (Sheridan) Miller. Lova married Raymond M. Fritsch on May 27, 1944 in Iowa City at the First Methodist Church. Her parents; husband of 62 years; two sisters, Pauline Spivey and Erma Martin; brother, Donald Miller; and a son, Arthur preceded her in death.

She is survived by a sister, Elaine Robus; son, Ray (and Joyce) Fritsch of Normal, Ill.; and three grandchildren, Joseph, Elizabeth (and Craig) Kollai, and Paul (and Lacey).

Lova graduated from University High School in Iowa City. She attended Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. Following that, she taught for two years in rural schools near Iowa City.

Although unusual in the 1950’s and 1960’s, she was both a homemaker and employed as a bookkeeper for the Township of Galesburg, General Assistance Office for 20 years, retiring in 1978. Lova and Raymond travelled extensively before and following retirement. In 1959, they drove the Alcan Highway to Alaska. They especially enjoyed Cloud 9 Ranch in Caufield, Mo. where they maintained a mobile home and both did a lot of fishing. She sewed clothing, gardened, and managed her household. She was an avid bridge player, enjoying both the game and the friendships. Lova was a very active member of First United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school, worked in the kitchen, and participated in activities of her circle. She also joined Knox County Home Extension.

Cremation will be accorded. Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church. Pastor Mary Runge will officiate. Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church or Galesburg Rescue Mission. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services of Galesburg is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be made at