JoAnn “Jody” Fritsch, age 46, of Winger, MN, died Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at Sanford Health Systems in Fargo, ND.
JoAnn Lynn Gerjets was born August 3, 1965 in Coon Rapids, MN, to David Gerjets and Joyce Askelson. Jody attended grade school in Gary and graduated from Fertile-Beltrami High School. Following high school, she attended Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls, MN, for sales and marketing.
On February 2, 1989, Jody was united in marriage to James Fritsch. The couple made their home in surrounding towns before settling in Winger, MN, and starting their family. To their union, a daughter and son were born.
Jody continued to live in Winger and worked in the Human Resource Department at the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen for 17 years. She was currently working at the Select Inn in Fargo, ND, and also the Credit Union in Mahnomen.
With Jody around there was never a dull moment. She had quite the sense of humor and laughter was inevitable. She loved the holidays, especially Halloween and Christmas. Jody thoroughly enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She was very giving of herself and always concerned about others and was like a mom to many. Jody liked to spend her free time singing Karaoke, going to the lake, playing Bingo and shopping. She was the best shopper and bargain hunter you will ever find. Always finding a deal that was too great to pass up, whether it was clothes, a pair of shoes, a jazzy purse, a unique hat or something at the grocery store…a great deal is a steal!
Jody is survived by a daughter, Jessica (Ben) Horgeshimer, Crookston, MN; sons, Rueben Fritsch and Steven Courneya, both of Winger; three grandchildren: Isaiah, Gabe and Isabel Horgeshimer; her mother, Joyce Bestul, Fertile, MN; brother, Ron (Monica Bisek) Bestul, Winger; sister, Jackie (Fiancé, Del Ray Rux) Solberg, Holt, MN; grandmother, Agnes Bestul, Winger; niece, Shandelle (Brandon Sherer) Kangas, Thief River Falls; and great-nephew, Kaden Sherer, Thief River Falls. She was preceded in death by her dad, LeRoy Bestul; sister, Patty Courneya; grandparents: Junior and Ovidia Askelson, George and Maybelle Gerjets and grandfather, Peder Bestul.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 10 am at Faaberg Lutheran Church, Rindal, MN. Visitation will be held Friday, June 8th from 5-7 pm with a prayer service at 6:30 pm at Faaberg Lutheran Church.
Burial will be in the Faaberg Lutheran Cemetery, Rindal, MN.