Venida P. Fritz

Venida P. Fritz of Sheridan, Wyoming, died peacefully in her home on Sunday, January 11, 2009.  Venida was born July 10, 1923, to Arthur Clarence (Al) Prentice and Clara Syring Prentice near Wessington, South Dakota in the family farmhouse. She graduated from Wessington High School in 1940 and attended business college in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She then was employed in Igloo, South Dakota, as the secretary to the Adjutant General at the Black Hills Ordnance Depot. While in Igloo, she met her husband, Marvin L. Fritz from Edgemont, South Dakota. They were married for 65 years.

After Marvin got out of the service, they moved to Sheridan, Wyoming, where she worked first at the Sheridan Flour Mill and then for several attorneys until her retirement. She was active in the Sheridan Junior Women’s Club and a member of the Congregational Church and Mayflower Circle. She also served as a sponsor for Spurs. She was also active in Chapter B, P.E.O., The Book Review Club, and served on the board of the Hospital Auxiliary. She belonged to the Daughters of the Nile and Eastern Star and was involved in the founding of the Sheridan Civic Theater Guild. She loved playing bridge and being with her friends in the Sewing Club. She never missed a Sheridan Wyo rodeo.

Venida’s greatest joy was spending time with her family, and she was dearly loved by them all. She is survived by her husband Marvin, their daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Dick Krajczar, of Big Horn, Wyoming, and Manila, the Philippines; and their son and daughter-in-law, Doyl and Jaci Fritz of Wolf, Wyoming. She is also survived by four grandchildren and spouses: Josh Krajczar, Morgan Krajczar Jacobs and her husband Tony, Jennifer Fritz Gulley and her husband Jerry, Jack Fritz and his wife Michele; and three great-grandchildren, Nan Gulley and Maya and Isaac Fritz. Venida is also survived by her brother Lowell Prentice of Wessington, South Dakota and her sister Karen Hinek and husband Niel of Sturgis, South Dakota.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Jean and Lois, and her brother Robert.

A family service will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home.

Memorials may be sent to the Kalif Temple Crippled Children’s Travel Fund, PO Box K, Sheridan, WY 82801.